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Backfirin' BBQ 10-31-2013 01:02 AM

UDS question
Got a drum today. It at one time held Gelcoat like for fiberglass manufacturing. The drum only had one spot on the inside where any was visable. I burned it out all day. Do you UDS builders think its ok to proceed or should I find another drum? The drum was not lined. Smells clean but would like you opinions.

martyleach 10-31-2013 01:11 AM

IMO, as long as it looks like steel on the inside and you burned the crap out of it at high temp, you oughta be ok. Do not eat your first cook though. Cook something really fatty like a Jimmy Dean pure pork sausage (we call them fatties) at about 300 degrees or so for at least 3 hours. This will give your drum a nice fatty amberish patina and seal. Then just let the drum rock for as long as you've got coals. Then enjoy the heck out of it! :)

Backfirin' BBQ 10-31-2013 01:23 AM

Thanks! Sounds like a plan to me! It had so little of that stuff in there I feel like its ok but just thought I would ask.

J'ville Grill 10-31-2013 01:32 AM

Get on with the build and post up some pics of it when you're finished.

Backfirin' BBQ 10-31-2013 01:39 AM

I will post up pics soon.

rocketmanray 10-31-2013 10:13 AM

I used the same type (gel coat) drum from the Boston Whaler company in Edgewater, Fl. I've not had any problems or offgassing issues. I burned the barrel out with a weed burner (twice just to make sure all potential toxics were removed). It works fine.....

Go for it, and post pictures of the build!

Welcome to the club! :)


scayne62 10-31-2013 10:17 AM

Most of the time the extreme temps we put them through during burnout will never be seen again during any cook, maybe not even a high temp pizza cook. You will be fine just get it all greasy and dirty (with food grease) and enjoy the heck out of it, I know I loathe to cook on mine every weekend.

Backfirin' BBQ 10-31-2013 12:41 PM

Thanks for the input guys much appreciated.:biggrin1:

Backfirin' BBQ 11-07-2013 12:51 AM

:clap2: It works! Smoked a fatty the uds ran super smooth few ups and downs Im guessing operator error. its still going and has been lit 11 hrs still coals unlit in it. Started with about 2.5 inches deep in the basket. 17in dia. I am shocked how well it does. Thanks again for the tips guys. Gotta paint it and will post pics as soon as I figure that out.

Backfirin' BBQ 11-07-2013 09:30 AM

spinningwheel 11-07-2013 11:18 AM

:thumb:. What did you use for the air intakes and valves?

pjtexas1 11-07-2013 12:50 PM

I use those same magnets on my vertical smoker to help close off the air flow on the 2" grease/drip valve. Good $2-$3 fix. Nice job on the intakes!

Carbon 11-07-2013 01:54 PM

Nice dual intakes!

BBQ-Jim 11-07-2013 02:14 PM

Don't paint it.... it's beautiful as it is.... after all it is a UDS

Backfirin' BBQ 11-07-2013 03:34 PM

Thanks guys. They are magnets on the intakes. I painted it black but may do different with the paint later.

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