Originally Posted by SmokinCoyote
Another coal box question. I have read probably every post about UDS but am curious to know if my coal box might be too big. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to build a coal box out of without spending too much $$$ so I went to a local scrap metal yard to get some stuff and noticed a 30 gal drum in a scrap pile. I asked what they would sell it for and he said $4.00. I couldn't pass that up. I cut the bottom off for an ash pan and 9 inches off the top for the box. It is 18" diameter and 9" deep. It seems that the common size is 15 to 16 inches. Has anyone who built a big basket wished they would have made it smaller for some reason?
My thinking is I can make a smaller ring for shorter cooks and for long cooks I will have the capacity I need.
Mistas first drum had one sorta like that. I would insure you can maintain 24" from expanded metal to lower grate. Most important measurment in my opinion.