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Old 11-19-2012, 01:43 PM   #1
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First off I'd like to thank everyone, I have enjoyed reading and learned so much from these threads! New guy here, found a drum for my first UDS and fired up the initial burn. I waited a couple of days and emptied out the ashes only to find a hole burned out of the bottom of the drum! I'm pretty bummed out. Can I still use the drum? I don't have a welder so I can't weld down a new bottom but I was thinking of bolting down some sheet metal. Has this happened to anyone else? What do y'all think?
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Maybe if you put high temp silicone around the outside edge it would seal well enough?
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:08 PM   #3
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+1 on the silicone. I would think as long as you got it sealed up good you should be fine.
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Is it am open head drum? Some folks cut the bottom out and put the locking end at the bottom. Makes for easy cleaning. Then you could used a kettle top from a donor? I suppose you'd have to drill new intakes and plug up the ones that would now be on the top but that would be pretty easy.
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Use a lid for the bottom works just fine
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:21 PM   #6
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Well I called the company I bought this drum from and told them what happened. They were super cool and gave me a replacement at no charge! Ditty in El Monte. built the smoker today and its out back with its initial seasoning smoke as I type! Thanks all who responded. I will be smoking a brisket tomorrow morning. Any tips for a newb are welcome!
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:24 AM   #7
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I would break a uds with something other than brisket. Try a naked fattie (a jimmy dean sausage tube) and then cook a pork butt. They are more forgiving especially if you have problems with the uds.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:35 AM   #8
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Well I called the company I bought this drum from and told them what happened. They were super cool and gave me a replacement at no charge! Ditty in El Monte. built the smoker today and its out back with its initial seasoning smoke as I type! Thanks all who responded. I will be smoking a brisket tomorrow morning. Any tips for a newb are welcome!
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I would break a uds with something other than brisket. Try a naked fattie (a jimmy dean sausage tube) and then cook a pork butt. They are more forgiving especially if you have problems with the uds.
^+1 - I agree, a brisket first time around in a new UDS can wrong quickly even if you have cooked them before on other types of cookers.
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Why was a hole burned into the bottom in the first place? Do you have a charcoal basket with enough air space below? Is the drum up off the ground on something like three bricks?
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