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Unread 05-07-2013, 11:57 AM   #16
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Either increase the size of the intakes or slightly bend some washers and put them on to take up the slack.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 12:09 PM   #17
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What he said, I did 3 3/4" nipples 1" holes per this thread

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=43943
You know, I followed that tutorial... Maybe I'm mis-remembering my sizing.
I'll check when I get home.

Thanks for the help guys. Maybe I'll lock the washers on with a hammer screwdriver. Then JBWeld them to the drum. And then cover them with magnets.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 01:23 PM   #18
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Just increase the intake size! 1/2" is too small unless you add 8. 3/4 minimum 1" even better then you only need 3 or 2 respectively
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Unread 05-07-2013, 01:41 PM   #19
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Go bigger like Bludawg said. My first UDS's all used 3/4" nipples. My last one had 1" nipples because I go hot and fast once in a while.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 01:44 PM   #20
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Did you use close nipples? Had the same problem cause I bought the wrong ones... But I would go to 3/4in with a 1in hole...
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I have three 3/4 inch vents, they are the size you want. They work great and I can get more heat if I want it.
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Be sure you have "close" type nipples. If you still can't get a tight fit, use some washers to make up the space. I'd also use a little hi-temp silicone on the washers to make sure it will not leak air. Good luck.
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Did you use close nipples? Had the same problem cause I bought the wrong ones... But I would go to 3/4in with a 1in hole...
Is there another kind of nipple other than a close nipple?
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Is there another kind of nipple other than a close nipple?
Yes... . When I was building mine, I was dry fitting the parts and the nut would only go so far onto he nipple. There are ones out there that are tapered larger toward the middle and the nut will not screw on. After a quick look at the directions I found on here. They def say close one...
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I had to use JB weld on one of my drums, it worked fine.
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Bigger the better, I have four 1" open holes on my UDS, and use fridge magnets to close them down when needed. You can always close off the intakes, but if they are too small, you can't do much to hit higher temps when you need to.

To be crystal clear.. pipe nipples aren't needed to make a functional UDS. They are a luxury.
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Bigger the better, I have four 1" open holes on my UDS, and use fridge magnets to close them down when needed. You can always close off the intakes, but if they are too small, you can't do much to hit higher temps when you need to.

To be crystal clear.. pipe nipples aren't needed to make a functional UDS. They are a luxury.
Yeah, Ropo, Thanks for helping keep things in perspective. I took the nipples out last night and cooked up some tasty chicken thighs just the same.
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Put a flat washer on each side, then the nuts. The flat washers take up the slack.
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Alright, so I was stripping the outside of the drum last night and got a good look at my nipple situation. First off, I was wrong on my sizing. I did drill 1" holes and have 3/4" nipples.

I bought the type of nipples that flare or expand in the middle, so my lock nuts FELT tight, but that was because they weren't screwing up tight against the drum, even with the screwdriver/hammer technique, they were just screwed as far up on that nipples as they could go.

At this point I'm realizing that I didn't fark up the drum, just bought the wrong eqipment. So, I'm going to get her painted up and learn to use this thing with some magnets and worry about adding the fun stuff to it later.

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Unread 05-10-2013, 08:54 AM   #30
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take back the 1/2" nips and get 3/4" the bigger the nipple the better .
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