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Old 07-19-2009, 03:52 PM   #3649
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Originally Posted by EggliciousQ View Post
HI gang, I am new to the forum I used to hang out on the BGE forum. I recently found some 55 gal. 23 X 34 inch drums to make my first VDS. I got the drums from a friend that owns a bakery, they had food grade oil in them with no liners. I got six of them at no cost!!!! Since reading I see several you have built more than one VDS so I thought I would ask to see what worked out best and have a few questions.

1) Is 2 to 3 inches off the bottom for the air intake holes the right height?
2) How far off the bottom of the drum should the charcoal grate be??
3) I found some material to use for a fire box but am not sure if the air flow will be good enought and wanted to get your opinon's. It is steel from a hammer mill, its about 1/4 inch thick and has 3/16 holes in it. I am wondering if the holes will be large enought to not plug up with ash.

I currently use a large BGE and love it!! But cant wait to build the VDS and get it fired up.
I can't wait to see the answers you all give this guy!
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