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Unread 07-23-2012, 02:26 PM   #9781
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HI guys I have managed to get myself an old castrol oil drum it is sealed so I will have to cut the top off. My question is as I live in the UK and it is constantly wet here how do I best protect it from rust? I can probably find a cover for it but I was wondering if there were any paints that I could use such as hammerite on the outside?
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Unread 07-23-2012, 02:41 PM   #9782
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This is the one used to have universal tractor oil in so will take some burning!!!
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Unread 07-23-2012, 05:15 PM   #9783
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Took me six weeks but I finally finished the entire thread. Feels like I should have a PHD in UDS.
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Unread 07-23-2012, 05:21 PM   #9784
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For those of us that have used the Big Lots 22.5" cheapo grill for the lids & rack, be aware that they have reduced it to a 21.5" grill! Obviously this doesn't come close to fitting the standard drums any longer...

Just picked up 2 for $25/ea to learn this lesson...back to the store.
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Unread 07-23-2012, 07:40 PM   #9785
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Rain has kept me from burning out the barrel for 2 weeks. Finally got it done. I see many meats in my future.

VHT High Temp Copper. It was free with Autozone reward points.



Obligatory Basket Photo - cut barrel top out and used as the ash catcher.

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Unread 07-24-2012, 09:56 AM   #9786
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Is that your air intake door on the bottom? Care how to tell how you fabricated that?
Nice looking build!
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Is that your air intake door on the bottom? Care how to tell how you fabricated that?
Nice looking build!
Thanks.

Somewhere in this tomb of UDS builds are a few more examples I copied from. I just sandwiched a "slider", with a tab I bent on vise, between the actual drum and a larger piece of sheet metal. Used some washers as spacers and guides for the slider. It's tight, but I wanted it that way. I tap it with a machete to open and close.

Make it nice and long and be sure to space your holes a bit more than their diameter apart. That's about it. Not too much trouble, but more work than a ball valve.



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Unread 07-24-2012, 10:10 PM   #9788
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Great looking copper color! Smoker basket question - is the side standing off of the bottom (on other words, is there an air space between them), or is it just the angle of the pic? And if it's standing off of the bottom, why? I'm not questioning it, I just want to know if I should make my next basket like that.

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One more question for the bretheren in general. Any thoughts on using a cut down basket from a turkey fryer for a fire basket?
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yes, it is standing off the bottom. It does two things for you. One, lets air circulate through the basket, and two gives the ash a place to fall too, instead of gathering around the coals.

And there is no issue using a cut down turkey fryer backet for the coal basket. They dont have to be pretty, just functional. I prefer something with more/larger holes because I want as much ash to fall as possible.
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Great looking copper color! Smoker basket question - is the side standing off of the bottom (on other words, is there an air space between them), or is it just the angle of the pic? And if it's standing off of the bottom, why? I'm not questioning it, I just want to know if I should make my next basket like that.

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Yes, the basket is up off the ash catcher buy about 2.5".

If you meant the ash catcher itself (a cut out barrel top), it looks like that because the barrel was stored somewhere hot. The barrel had methanol in it. The pressure bulged the lid, turning it into a shallow bowl. The lid, once cut out and flipped upside-down, makes a perfect ash-catching shape (purely accidentally). So, yes, the ash catcher's rim is a bit up off the floor, but not for air flow reasons, just due to the slight dome shape.
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I dig the color!
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UDS #11 or 12 I can't remember but anyways nailed a first place trophy for for ribs with it beat out some big rigs too. Not the cooker it's the cook. Don't know why it's sideways but oh well turn your computer or yer head haha
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Thats awesome Skidder!

I need to add some wheels and side shelves to mine.
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Great looking copper color! Smoker basket question - is the side standing off of the bottom (on other words, is there an air space between them), or is it just the angle of the pic? And if it's standing off of the bottom, why? I'm not questioning it, I just want to know if I should make my next basket like that.

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I believe he means is the expanded metal standing off the bottom of the charcoal grate, not the charcoal grate off the bottom of the ash catcher. In this instance, the answer is no. If you look closely you can see the welds between the expanded metal and the grate. It does look a little bit like it from the angle though. If this is not what you meant, then woops
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