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aaronmhooks 09-09-2013 12:41 PM

Mobile dual 55 Gal Build
New here to the forum but figured I'd post my build that started this past weekend with my and my roommates. My original intent was just to build a smoker. That's never enough for rednecks like us in Alabama. We then decided to make it mobile. We figured though while we are smoking food we will probably get hungry so we are going to add a grill. The grill will be on the back of the trailer horizontal obviously and the smoker UDS will sit at the front of the trailer. We are going to reinforce the trailer a bit and add metal to be able to have a full 360 weld on the bottom of the UDS to trailer. Here's a few pics to show what we are working with.

cowgirl 09-09-2013 01:50 PM

Good luck with the build! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

ssv3 09-09-2013 01:50 PM

Sweet! Lookin forward to the progress and the end result. I like the mobile concept.

Thermal Mass 09-09-2013 01:51 PM

Sounds like fun!
Make it big enough for a cooler and some charcoal (which will add some weight to the unit when towing.)


HookedOnQ 09-09-2013 02:22 PM

Looks like you have a plan. Keep us posted!

dwfisk 09-09-2013 03:22 PM

First off, welcome! I'm looking forward to what you come up with.

pitbossJB 09-09-2013 04:38 PM

I can't wait to see more!!

c farmer 09-09-2013 06:52 PM

I am in...:pop2:

andy53 09-09-2013 07:37 PM

Lookin' forward to seeing this. Great idea!

CarlWayne 09-09-2013 07:39 PM

Oh man I'm ready for this! Bring on the pron!

aaronmhooks 09-13-2013 10:33 AM

Well guys it has been slow this week on progress. I have been working a couple hours the past two days grinding out the paint on the inside of the drum. The fire only burned out the very bottom section of the drum. Didn't want it to get to hot and warp the barrel. Got all the parts I needed for the trailer from Harbor Freight which was fun. I printed off 4 25% off 1 item and handed them to my roommates and we walked in everyone with a different part: 2 tires, jack, lights. I also got all the parts I needed for the UDS. One question though is I couldn't find stainless steel bolts that were the right length or diameter at home depot so I bought aluminum nuts and bolts. You think that will be alright? I know not to use galvanized or zinc so I figured aluminum would be alright. Feed back would be great. Here is the drum 75% grinded out. I washed it out good with dawn and degreaser last night after this pic to see my progress better.

And here is what I'm using to grind it out.

HookedOnQ 09-13-2013 09:21 PM

I think the aluminum would be fine. If you dont wanna use it you can buy zinc coated hardware and soak it in vinegar to remove the zinc coating

aaronmhooks 09-16-2013 09:13 AM

Well after I got home from drill yesterday I had some time to finish grinding out the inside of the barrel. I then washed it real good and decided what the hell might as well burn it out one more time.

You can kind of see it but I already drilled the pilot holes for my intakes. Harbor Freight was closed so I couldn't purchase the step bit last night and I wasn't about to spend 50 on one at Lowes. I am bringing home a bi-metal hole saw from work today so I chose the free route. When I get home I'll be welding in my exhaust nipples and putting in the grate hardware.

I also bought some bar stock to level out the trailer.

The green circle is the highest level. I have to add 1/8 bar stock to the yellow circle, and 1/4 bar stock to the red level. This square will be the welding points for the UDS so they all needed to be level. This is going to be welding together this evening. Then once I get all my hardware in the UDS it will be welding on also. I'll post pictures when I finished tonight.

SmokerKing 09-16-2013 10:29 AM

I would weld bolt tabs on the bottom rim of each drum and on the frame if needed. Then bolt them to the frame instead of welding them.

aaronmhooks 09-16-2013 10:51 AM


I'm not real sure what you mean by bolt tabs? and also can you tell me why you would do that instead?

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