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Unread 02-02-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Default **Secrets of the Big Drum Smokers Revealed!**

I will let the pictures do the talking, due to a lack intellectual property, but I can tell you the intake and exhaust holes are smaller than beer bottle cap.

The most common BDS Clone is the 55 gallon open drum.



The mystery hole makers



the cook grate sweet spot



Charcoal basket



Lid



Modified factory air intake plugs



Dr BBQ Approved!



Now, what to do if you have an 85 gallon drum??



Well, you gotta get a couple 26.75" Weber OTG cook grates, then you can get rollin'.





Sweet spot grate specs











But, but, I wanna Mini BDS swamprb!

Well, you too can experience the wonder of the awesomeness if you can scrounge up a 15 gallon drum!



Gonna have to get you a 14" Smokey Joe cook grate.



And make yourself a charcoal basket







But, but, but...I have a 30 gallon drum with no lid swamprb...what can I do??

Well, here is what I did, because I had a rustbucket 18" Bar-B-Kettle...and I cut the lip off the bowl and tack welded it to a 30 gallon drum without a lid.

















I hope this clears up any confusion. Feel free to ask me any crass questions offline. If you can't figure it out, go to http://www.bigdrumsmokers.com/ and check out the cook pics for yourself and see why I am stoked about the simplicity of the Big Drum Smoker.
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Gosh darn i am a sucker for chicken pr0n!
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Nice cookers! I'm currently hunting for a 15gal. myself, can't wait to make a mini!
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That mini is awesome!
Great post thanks for sharing
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Nice Pics!
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I feel honored to be among such great minds.I feel so out matched

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Proprietary signage (makes it taste mobetta)



I even left a little tan liner in it
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Love the all terrain.


Awesome pits, I really like the mini and the thighs on the look outta this world. I'd sure like a mini like that painted up like the red one.
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Oh by the way.. on my Big Drum Smoker clones, you will never, ever see them cooking with a heat deflector, waterpan, diffuser, or any other contraption to make them indirect.

Although, I have cooked with a small charcoal ring for short 4-5 hour cooks with the basket offset near the side of barrel next to an intake with excellent results, courtesy of advice from Bubba and Jeff at the 2008 Jack Daniels!



And to quote Bubba- ''pretty wins, but ugly pays!"
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Thanks for all the details in one place. Most excellent. This needs to get added to the Roadmap.

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Is that red hi temp paint? If so where did you get it?
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Did you buy a drum warehouse?
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No rebar or meat hooks?
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Is that red hi temp paint? If so where did you get it?
Dupli-Color High Temp Engine paint with Ceramic.
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