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Old 09-06-2012, 05:11 PM   #10018
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Originally Posted by moe1967 View Post

I'm a newbie to the UDS, but am determined to build one. I have a old weber 22.5 kettle that is rusted at the bottom. Plan on making a UDS with as much left over parts from the kettle as possible.

Found a drum company that has:

"Item: DCS55OH
“New” 55-g open-head steel drum / Removable lid / Black w/white top
Price: $56.75 each"

His website says it is 12gauge and 22.5 diameter.
Raw steel interior

Is this a reasonable price? Would my kettle top fit directly on the top or would I have to modify?

Thank in advance with any help!!!
I agree the price is decent for a new, clean drum. You'd have to test your Weber lid for fit (never know if you get lucky) but most likely the top edge of the drum wall is rolled over to create a lip that makes the top of the drum slightly thicker than the 22.5 diameter of the inside walls. Some people cut off the lip and others bolt or weld a ring of thin metal inside the top of the drum and sticking above the lip maybe 1/8" or 1/4 inch for the Weber top to rest on. That may need to be hammered to get a tight fit fit when you put on the top. Make sense?
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