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bbqgeekess 11-25-2013 05:12 PM

BBQGeekess's 30 Gallon UDS Build Thread
So I finally went out to a local container supply company and purchased a brand new unlined 30 gallon drum with lid for $60 today--it's flawless dent-wise except for some scratches on the paint which isn't an issue since I am burning all the paint off. (It comes with a rust inhibitor sprayed on the inside which I am told easily burns off and that the drum is very suitable for a smoker after burning.)

Here is a picture of it:

Right after purchasing this drum I headed over to Harbor Freight and bought a pair of stepped drill bits for $17.99--the diameters of which goes well above 1" if needed.

So I guess I start by drilling out 3 holes and then start a bon fire in it.

If this was your drum how many inches would you drill up for the intake holes, and what diameter should the holes be? 3/4" 1" ?

More questions to come later, thanks! :)

SmittyJonz 11-25-2013 05:25 PM

If using elbows and risers 1" - if not 3/4" 2-2.5" off bottom so ash can't block them. Use oil or WD40'on those step bits or they will dull quick. 3/4" pipe nipples need 7/8" hole and 1" needs 1 1/4 or 1 5/16" hole.

caliking 11-25-2013 05:25 PM

I would go with 1" intakes. I goofed by added smaller (and fewer - 3) intakes than I should have. I'll look for my build thread.

SmittyJonz 11-25-2013 05:33 PM

I have 4- 3/4" ports on my 55 gal UDS - no elbows or risers.

caliking 11-25-2013 05:36 PM

You may have already seen these, but here are the threads for my build.

With the risers and extra elbows, I didn't have enough airflow with three 3/4" intakes for hot n fast cooks. Low n slo it did just fine. Solution for me was to install a single fourth intake, 1.25" without risers or elbows. That intake gets opened up for higher temp cooks.

bbqgeekess 11-25-2013 06:27 PM

Thanks for the replies so far.

I just for the first time put my fabricated--from aluminum flashing--slider vents up to the drum surface and pressed down on each end like they'd be screwed in place. The fit perfectly pressing down on them making them arc, and slide so smoothly yet tightly. I am thinking about using these vents I just hope they don't warp out from the heat. They only cost me about a quarter to make not including the 4 screws.

I guess I'll start with 2 x 1 1/8" holes with the slider vents and add another vent in the back if needed later on. I have two slider vents made at the moment and was going to install them on the front 1/3rd of the circumference apart--Big Poppa Smoker-Like.

The only risk is if they warp and don't work out, is that I'd have 8 little screw holes to fill in later.

c farmer 11-25-2013 06:35 PM

I will be watching this thread, I want a mini uds.

bbqgeekess 11-25-2013 07:14 PM

Here is a link to a video I just made of my boyfriend pressing the slider vent up against the drum and operating it. (I fabricated it from aluminum flashing, by just cutting on my heavy duty paper cutter and folding it.)

Let me know what you think. "View My video" link below:

View My Video

bbqgeekess 11-26-2013 12:32 AM

Wish I knew how to embed the video into the message.

Hawg Father of Seoul 11-26-2013 06:19 AM

Do you mind sharing the name of the container store?

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 11-26-2013 08:09 AM


Originally Posted by bbqgeekess (Post 2708295)
Wish I knew how to embed the video into the message.

Me too. That one requires flash player which doesn't work on the iPhone or iPad.

If you upload it to YouTube, you can embed it into a post here.

I'm looking forward to seeing your build.

bbqgeekess 11-26-2013 08:51 AM


Originally Posted by Hawg Father of Seoul (Post 2708384)
Do you mind sharing the name of the container store?

Sooner Container
Tulsa, OK

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 11-26-2013 09:08 AM

Can you post a still pic of your vent? I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

Bludawg 11-26-2013 10:11 AM

You really don't need to burn that drum out that RI should wash out with hot water & simple green. In my former life I was a machinist and the best Drill lube you can use on any metal is cheap azz dish soap from the Dollar store and it is food safe too.

J'ville Grill 11-26-2013 10:13 AM

Looks like you're off to a great start on the build. On a side note I believe you that videos can no longer be embedded here on this site (some legal issue) as Donny recently tried and couldn't either.

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