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Unread 08-04-2013, 05:10 PM   #11191
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Here's a pic of my UDS I built last summer.
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Unread 08-04-2013, 08:14 PM   #11192
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Nice UDS....... Where did you find the clamps that you are using on the lid?


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Unread 08-04-2013, 09:32 PM   #11193
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What have been the best ideals for running your temperature probe through the side of the drum and sealing it?

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I have bee fond of drilling out chrome plated brass automotive valve stems. That said, while it is easy if you have a valve tool and a drill press, there might be simpler solutions. Honestly you can probably do it without one of those tools, just not without both. It is a lot easier to drill out with the valve removed (so you might be able to pull it off with a hand drill). Drilling through the valve (did that a couple times when I did not feel like digging for my valve tool) is not much fun.
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I'm not handy at all. But this thread has definitely got me interested in trying a build of my own. So I contacted Apex Drums inquiring about a food grade drum with a lid for a smoker, and they told me that prices range from $60 to $100 depending on the thickness. Seems a bit pricier than what others in this thread have been getting their drums for.
Don't worry about getting a food grade drum, look for an oil drum. When you burn it out it will be fine. The lined drums are a pain in the A$$. I think an old oil drum is thick enough.
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I have bee fond of drilling out chrome plated brass automotive valve stems. That said, while it is easy if you have a valve tool and a drill press, there might be simpler solutions. Honestly you can probably do it without one of those tools, just not without both. It is a lot easier to drill out with the valve removed (so you might be able to pull it off with a hand drill). Drilling through the valve (did that a couple times when I did not feel like digging for my valve tool) is not much fun.

I use the 1/8th in. compression fitting you can buy at the auto part stores.
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Fire pit is made.
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I have bee fond of drilling out chrome plated brass automotive valve stems. That said, while it is easy if you have a valve tool and a drill press, there might be simpler solutions. Honestly you can probably do it without one of those tools, just not without both. It is a lot easier to drill out with the valve removed (so you might be able to pull it off with a hand drill). Drilling through the valve (did that a couple times when I did not feel like digging for my valve tool) is not much fun.


Thanks jcinadr, that sounds like a good option that I haven't thought of.
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I use the 1/8th in. compression fitting you can buy at the auto part stores.
Hey Novass, are you talking about using it for the long stem temperature probe?

My question wasn't clear when I went back and read it but I was talking about the probe with the flexible cable for the meat temperature.
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Nice basket, that should hold plenty of coals.......




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I used high temp silicone grommets from Grainger. One size for the probe to slide into snugly for pit temp, and a slightly larger size for the probe to be able to reach the meat. Note the machine screw heads just above the top and bottom grommets. Those are the grate levels. The larger one in the middle is for the probes to get to the meat on either or both of grates. You can plug the holes that aren't being used with a nail.
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I finally got around to painting my UDS. I went with gloss white for the water heater / washing machine look. (Here's the link to my original post of my UDS if interested - http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=160537)

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I used high temp silicone grommets from Grainger. One size for the probe to slide into snugly for pit temp, and a slightly larger size for the probe to be able to reach the meat. Note the machine screw heads just above the top and bottom grommets. Those are the grate levels. The larger one in the middle is for the probes to get to the meat on either or both of grates. You can plug the holes that aren't being used with a nail.


Thanks pbj, I like it......
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Nice basket, that should hold plenty of coals.......
kind of wondering if I shouldn't cut it down some, but I guess we will see.
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I like it, the white gives it a clean look.........



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