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Unread 01-29-2011, 07:17 AM   #7456
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Seven years, two drums down.
Today the second drum goes to the dump.
Cold winters and super salty air and BBQ ash just don't seem to mix.
Bye old Mr Green.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 09:24 AM   #7457
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Seven years, two drums down.
Today the second drum goes to the dump.
Cold winters and super salty air and BBQ ash just don't seem to mix.
Bye old Mr Green.
Sorry for your loss I had to let the MUDS go last summer.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 07:35 PM   #7458
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I just completed the last of my new UDSís. I used the directions Paul with the Pickled Pig posted as a starting point.





A Weber grate.



A Weber charcoal grate, two 12x24 expanded metal from Home Depot, & pizza pan for ash.




Welded the expanded metal together and to the grate.



Iíve already cooked on two of them and plan on doing a real time contest cook (chicken, ribs, pork, & brisket) next weekend. With the first contest a little over a month away, I need to get my timing and temp control down.
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Unread 01-30-2011, 03:07 PM   #7459
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I have been looking but am having some trouble locating a 55 gallon, open head, food grade drum. Does anyone know of somewhere in North Carolina that I can pick up a couple?

Ive got a supply here outside Charlotte, once held corn syrup. All you can haul $12 ea.
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Unread 01-31-2011, 12:56 AM   #7460
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No liner? I'm only 4 hours from Charlotte. Bought ready to start #2.
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Unread 01-31-2011, 11:06 AM   #7461
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No liner? I'm only 4 hours from Charlotte. Bought ready to start #2.

They are lined. Open head.
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Unread 02-01-2011, 02:32 PM   #7462
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Burned out my drum last weekend. One fire Saturday night in the bottom of the barrel, then Sunday I put 3 hollow tile (cinderblocks) on end in the bottom with a 22.5" Weber grate on top, and had a second burn in the upper half of the drum. Hoping to finish by Saturday to be ready for smokin' Superbowl Sunday.
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Unread 02-02-2011, 10:42 AM   #7463
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So I am picking up a couple of drums this weekend and this thread has been a huge help for me so far! Can't wait to start my build!
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Unread 02-02-2011, 10:17 PM   #7464
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Is there anything wrong with getting a penzoil motor oil drum? The guy says it has no lining, no real rust and it's $25.
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Unread 02-03-2011, 12:39 AM   #7465
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Any body have any ideas on how to roll the expanded metal beside having a fab shop roll it?? Thanks for any thought.
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Unread 02-03-2011, 12:44 AM   #7466
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Tac weld, or ty rap edge to grate, bend around and tac/ty as you go. Worked fine for me!
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Any body have any ideas on how to roll the expanded metal beside having a fab shop roll it?? Thanks for any thought.
i bend the expanded metal around an empty propane tank from my gasser. nearly the perfect curve and super easy.
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I completed my UDS except for the final paint job. I broke it in with a 10 Lb. butt. I love this thing!! It took a total of 16 hours to cook the butt and all I had to do was minor tweaks on the ball valve and I shook the basket down to break the ashes up at about 8 hours.

I have a question for more experienced drumhead bretheren. I have a dome lid but I only installed the bolts for the lower rack. I still have room for an upper rack. My question is: Is the second rack more trouble than it is worth? I seldom cook anything low and slow that I don't need to get at sometime during the process. Do you find that removing the top rack to get at the lower is a PITA? Do you need to rotate the racks of meat during the cooking process so that they are done at the same time?
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I have dual racks and find myself using the top rack for the most part unless I'm doing six or seven shoulders. It all depends on what and how much your smoking.
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Is there anything wrong with getting a penzoil motor oil drum? The guy says it has no lining, no real rust and it's $25.
No problem using it. Just wash it out with hot soapy water a couple times, to get the worst of the oil out, then burn it out.
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