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Unread 11-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #10276
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What is the thing on top of the white rim wheel and piece of pipe?
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Unread 11-10-2012, 11:32 PM   #10277
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What is the thing on top of the white rim wheel and piece of pipe?
That's a WASHER MACHINE DRUM... that serves as a "heater"

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Unread 11-11-2012, 07:34 AM   #10278
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My build so far. The photos are in no real order, my bad. The nuts and bolts were soaked in pool acid and then rinsed and installed. I also hit them with an acetylene turbo torch again for good measure. The black wire rack is from an old gas bbq. I bent it just enough to get it to fit. I used self tapping screws for most of my initial holes and then came back with a drill and nuts and bolts and secured them with those.

Things that are really helpful, besides beer: Vise, self tapping screws, two cordless drills (one for drilling one for the self tap screws), a level, plumb bob.

It was really windy and cold too. The weed burner really kicks arse when starting the fuel. I used a mix of kingsford briquettes, mesquite wood and cowboy lump charcoal. I got her up to 400F to season the inside and test the waters.

Today Im smoking a ham on it, wish me luck.
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Unread 11-11-2012, 10:53 AM   #10279
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What is the thing on top of the white rim wheel and piece of pipe?
It's my fire pit. It works great
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Unread 11-11-2012, 08:52 PM   #10280
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I used the Permatex Red Hi Temp red RTV sealant to mod my UDS to add a domed lid and seal up around the air intakes at the bottom. On the first trial run, I built a small fire to test the temp performance, etc. I noticed a chemical type smell coming through the exhaust vents. I've seen plenty of posts using this product and would assume that if its not safe for a UDS, that would be well documented here. However, I'm really concerned about off gassing during the cook. I don't want my guests getting ill from my modded rig! Any input would be appreciated
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Unread 11-11-2012, 11:32 PM   #10281
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Did a tritip on my UDS today, another great cook! I'm havin a small issue with temp control tho.

I have the three 3/4" intakes, that last two cooks I did I would start my basket by dumping 15 lit coals on top of my full basket and dropping it in the drum. All three vents open to bring it up to temp then cap the two and run the one with the ball valve all the way open. With the valve open my temp gauge says 275, if I close the valve halfway the thing will damn near burn itself out. I'm trying to get the lower temps for the longer cooks but it just won't happen. Any tips?
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Unread 11-12-2012, 01:17 AM   #10282
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Did a tritip on my UDS today, another great cook! I'm havin a small issue with temp control tho.

I have the three 3/4" intakes, that last two cooks I did I would start my basket by dumping 15 lit coals on top of my full basket and dropping it in the drum. All three vents open to bring it up to temp then cap the two and run the one with the ball valve all the way open. With the valve open my temp gauge says 275, if I close the valve halfway the thing will damn near burn itself out. I'm trying to get the lower temps for the longer cooks but it just won't happen. Any tips?
Guessing you checked your exhaust vent to make sure it was open enough to create a draft. Anything physically blocking the intake? Ash? junk in an intake nipple?
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Unread 11-12-2012, 06:48 AM   #10283
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Just some pics of my UDS. Cost me about £25 in total. Thanks to everyone in this thread who helped. I only read about 250 pages and by then all my questions were answered.


Oil drum free from local garage, contained motor oil and had a sealed lid.


Used an angle grinder to cut the lid off so it can still be used.


The finished UDS. Had a good burn out and rub down. Painted with a rattle can. Taylor thermometer from ebay for about £12. Had to buy some stailless nuts and bolts, again from fleabay.




Used magnets to control air intake. I will probably go to a ballvalve setup when i find one for free.


Used an old cast BBQ grill, and old matress springs for the charcoal bucket.


The webber lid fits a treat.

Not had a chance to fire her up yet, but hoping to soon.
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Unread 11-12-2012, 08:43 AM   #10284
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Guessing you checked your exhaust vent to make sure it was open enough to create a draft. Anything physically blocking the intake? Ash? junk in an intake nipple?
Exhaust is 2" pipe about 6" tall with an elbow at the end. Nothing blockin the intake. I have a tractor disc setup for my ash pan that sits right on the bottom of the barrel and my basket sits about 2-3" above that.
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Unread 11-12-2012, 09:02 AM   #10285
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ed., Just curious how you cut your lid off, did you just grind the edge until you saw the seam between the rim and lid? I destroyed my lid I cut from the inside of the lip on top but I used a Weber lid so it didn't matter.
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Unread 11-12-2012, 09:55 AM   #10286
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ed., Just curious how you cut your lid off, did you just grind the edge until you saw the seam between the rim and lid? I destroyed my lid I cut from the inside of the lip on top but I used a Weber lid so it didn't matter.
Yes that's how i did it
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Unread 11-12-2012, 10:12 AM   #10287
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I used the Permatex Red Hi Temp red RTV sealant to mod my UDS to add a domed lid and seal up around the air intakes at the bottom. On the first trial run, I built a small fire to test the temp performance, etc. I noticed a chemical type smell coming through the exhaust vents. I've seen plenty of posts using this product and would assume that if its not safe for a UDS, that would be well documented here. However, I'm really concerned about off gassing during the cook. I don't want my guests getting ill from my modded rig! Any input would be appreciated
We're gonna need more info.

How did you clean out your drum liner?

Did you burn it out? If so, how long?

Additional build specs too....
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Just some pics of my UDS. Cost me about £25 in total. Thanks to everyone in this thread who helped. I only read about 250 pages and by then all my questions were answered.


Not had a chance to fire her up yet, but hoping to soon.
Job well done.
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Time 1, If that was my smoker, I'd take the elbow off the exhaust.
My thinking is that could limit the draft.
My UDS uses just the bung hole with a plate on a pivot bolt.
I can do low an slow, hot an fast.
I hope this helps.
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Time 1, If that was my smoker, I'd take the elbow off the exhaust.
My thinking is that could limit the draft.
My UDS uses just the bung hole with a plate on a pivot bolt.
I can do low an slow, hot an fast.
I hope this helps.
Thats what I was thinking. Im gonna take it off and go buy a cap for it when im not using it. Im trying to get it dialed in so I can cook low and slow and it just wont dont that right now.
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