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Unread 08-18-2009, 06:53 PM   #3931
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Unread 08-19-2009, 08:26 PM   #3932
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Hi Everyone...

The desire to return to smoking, but the bad memories of fighting with my cheap offset smoker to maintain temperatures got me looking at other options. The series on About.com got me interested in the big drum smoker, but the high price and shipping sent me looking for other options. It was this thread that made me want to try to make my own UDS.

Well, it's nearly done. Knowing I can add extras after the fact (love that aspect of the design), I'm keeping it basic. Flexible magnets for moderating the intake air. I bought a new unlined drum and a BBQ Pro 22.5 in kettle grill from Kmart for donor parts (yeah, I found out they're poor quality so I don't expect the grills to last long). I burned out the drum, then srubbed and sanded it out, drilled holes for all the hardware and painted it silver (cheaper than black). But then I got stupid and torched the lid to burn off the paint and 'rust inhibitor' with far too much heat for far too long. The thing warped like a tortilla!

So... the wavy lid and the dome top from the donor grill are now at a welder to be wed. I should get it back tomorrow evening or Friday morning and will paint it to match. I'll post pics when I have it together. Without pics, it doesn't exist, I know.

Anyway, thanks for keeping this thread alive to inspire unskilled lunks like me! Now to decide what to do for the first cook (after a seasoning burn to start figuring the thing out). Hmmm... brisket has always kicked my butt in the old offset. Maybe I'll swing for the fence first. Or maybe a fattie to get more greasy smoke seasoning on it. Decisions, decisions...

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Unread 08-19-2009, 08:35 PM   #3933
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Get a butt and 2 fatties, spray with pam fire it up, heat for 1-2 hours and get feel for control. Thow in some smoke wood and the butt, fatties. Grab a beer and marvel at your creation. Do it in the front yard and you can brag as the neighbors come out to see where that wonderful smell is coming from.
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Unread 08-19-2009, 08:37 PM   #3934
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Get a butt and 2 fatties, spray with pam fire it up, heat for 1-2 hours and get feel for control. Thow in some smoke wood and the butt, fatties. Grab a beer and marvel at your creation. Do it in the front yard and you can brag as the neighbors come out to see where that wonderful smell is coming from.
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Unread 08-19-2009, 08:40 PM   #3935
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Cool chit ain't it!
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Unread 08-19-2009, 08:46 PM   #3936
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I don't care who ya are .............. .
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Unread 08-24-2009, 08:22 PM   #3939
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I am lazy and haven't tried to fit my 22.5 kingsford lid on the UDS yet. I mean I tried it and it didn't fit... I just haven't gotten around to MAKING it fit! ha
"The Kingsford Lid will fit perfectly..............."
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I'm in the processes of making a "laundry list" up for a UDS and want to see some discussion on lids, whether the original drum lid, Weber, Kingsford, etc.
If you are going to use a "donor" dome lid, is it better to use a closed end or open end drum?
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Unread 08-24-2009, 08:30 PM   #3940
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So... the wavy lid and the dome top from the donor grill are now at a welder to be wed.
I'm all confused. Which brand of "donor" lids fit a drum?
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Unread 08-24-2009, 11:02 PM   #3941
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all right guys i'm on page 21 and been searching craigs list. found a guy named bob who will sell me barrels for $4 a piece. told the wife i'm buying 2, think i will buy more and hid them in the basement - she never goes down there. anybody in or around omaha want these barrels pm me and i will send you his number.
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I'm all confused. Which brand of "donor" lids fit a drum?
Drums vary in diameter. People on the east say they get the Weber and BBq pro lids to fit a clased head drum. I have never had one fit unmodified. I did get a couple of Kingsford lids to fit unmodified.
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all right guys i'm on page 21 and been searching craigs list. found a guy named bob who will sell me barrels for $4 a piece. told the wife i'm buying 2, think i will buy more and hid them in the basement - she never goes down there. anybody in or around omaha want these barrels pm me and i will send you his number.
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They fit only with the rolled lip cut off, yes? That's my problem, because I'd rather leave it on. I have a solution in the mail, I hope.

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Drums vary in diameter. People on the east say they get the Weber and BBq pro lids to fit a clased head drum. I have never had one fit unmodified. I did get a couple of Kingsford lids to fit unmodified.
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I don't have a Weber type lid on my Drumpit, but I do have one on my DrumGrill, I had to persuade the Drum a little with Channel Lock Pliers in order to fit the Lid....Here I'm using Foil to create a better seal...I have Food Safe Red Silicone to make a Gasket in the near future....
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