Originally Posted by Barbarian
Hope this is not to long, but I have some questions.
Never seen a drum smoker in person and I just went through all 7 pages of this thread and have a question. The template you did was for the bottom of the drum, but what holes did you need in the bottom of the drum.
Also how hot does the bottom of these drum smokers get? I have to smoke on a wood deck so I need to make sure I do not catch it on fire. Probably should set the drum on cinder blocks with fireproof mats under that.
I used the template as a layout guide in locating the holes
to drill on the sides of the drumpit. Making sure the drum was level, I took
a string and tied a bolt to the end. Aligned string to template, measured distance from bottom of drum to location I wanted to drill hole on side and marked it on string, then transfered that to drum. Move string, mark location.
I've gotten rid of the cinder block base and have went mobile...
The bottom does get hot...maybe you could set yours on pavers.
Lower profile than cinder blocks.