Originally Posted by Nemo
I am planning on a pretty standard build, only slight difference is how I handle the lid. Since this will live outside, I am reluctant to drill 8 holes around the edge of the lid because it'll just fill up with rainwater. I know I could get a cover but since these things stay hot for so long afterwards, I expect it'll get rained on before I can get a cover on. Also, I've been known to grill in the rain.
So the side exhaust is interesting for my needs, and I can imagine the benefits, but I think I'm going to cut a 2" hole in the lid, opposite side form the ball valve intake, and then use a short stack with a threaded cap to seal things up.
So otherwise, I think it'll be a pretty conventional build.
Make sure you weld or otherwise seal the stack to the lid. Saturday morning I found out the hard way that my cover has a hole in it. Had a half basket full of mush and an inch of water in the drum. It leaked in around the lock nut that holds the stack on.
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