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Unread 11-26-2013, 12:02 PM   #31
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Looks like a great design, i'd be happy to measure how high my diffuser is and grates are to compare....all i know is that it's working out perfect. When i'm off i'll take some measurements.

You want it done for Thanks Giving?
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Unread 11-26-2013, 12:05 PM   #32
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Looks like a great design, i'd be happy to measure how high my diffuser is and grates are to compare....all i know is that it's working out perfect. When i'm off i'll take some measurements.

You want it done for Thanks Giving?
That'd be great if you could measure your's for me--I'd really appreciate it. I guess having it done by Thanksgiving would be nice, but not totally necessary. I can do smoke a turkey on the Weber Kettle or Hasty Bake for now.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 12:08 PM   #33
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I can buy 18.5" charcoal grates for my UDS from Amazon for like $10 a piece--Which I could use for cooking grates and perhaps charcoal grate too.

What if I used one of these 18.5" charcoal grates having it sit 2" from bottom of barrel, and then just sit a footless charcoal basket on it? I could then easily just sit it up higher at another level for grilling.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 01:43 PM   #34
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I went ahead and screwed one of my hand folded aluminum flashing sliding vents on--slides really smooth and tight:



Now I need to decide if I want to drill one big 1 1/8" hole through the slider vent/drum or a bunch of smaller holes in a grid.

Btw, that's a pencil line down along the side of the drum through the middle of the slider vent rectangle, not a seam :)
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Unread 11-26-2013, 02:52 PM   #35
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I went ahead and drilled out a hole with stepped drill bit--with a little olive oil rubbed all over it, thanks for the tip. It's at 7/8 now and I'll probably make it 1 1/8" later on. But for now I'll just start with 7/8 holes. I need to add one more slider vent towards the front, and then a capped nipple in the rear.

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Unread 11-26-2013, 03:19 PM   #36
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Nice work on the vent!

I installed a single, longer sliding vent and drilled 4 one-inch holes across for my 55 gal UDS.
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One large rectangular hole will allow you to use it for an ash clean out port should that ever become useful. This is how the BGE one is designed.
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One large rectangular hole will allow you to use it for an ash clean out port should that ever become useful. This is how the BGE one is designed.
Fortunately the 30 gallon UDS is light enough to lift up and pour out the ash into my galvanized ash can.
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That'd be great if you could measure your's for me--I'd really appreciate it. I guess having it done by Thanksgiving would be nice, but not totally necessary. I can do smoke a turkey on the Weber Kettle or Hasty Bake for now.
Your design is really close to what i did... I have the diffuser about 6" above the basket. The top grate is 1.5" down from the top and the send is 7" from the top.
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Your design is really close to what i did... I have the diffuser about 6" above the basket. The top grate is 1.5" down from the top and the send is 7" from the top.
Thanks I might bring up the diffuser grate to 6" above basket instead of 4", like you did.

So 1.5" down from the top for the first grate instead of 2" .. Hrm.. that'd probably be better since the 30 gallon drum is shorter than the 55.
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I just measured the diameter of the charcoal grate for the weber 22.5 kettle and it is at 17".

What is the diameter of the jumbo joe / weber 18.5 cooking grate? is it 17" as well or larger?
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I just measured the diameter of the charcoal grate for the weber 22.5 kettle and it is at 17".

What is the diameter of the jumbo joe / weber 18.5 cooking grate? is it 17" as well or larger?
I believe it's 17.5"
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Unread 11-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #43
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So I finished installing the other sliding vent and adding the rear hole for nipple/cap. Now I just need to remove the two vents temporarily (unscrew them) and burn out this drum (I am assuming I can use some old non treated cedar/pine fencing?)



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Unread 11-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #44
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Yup. I used pallet wood which is mostly pine.
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I'd probally just scrub it with soap n water and scrub brush on a stick since it's unlined and only has rust inhibitor on it then finish building it and move on to "Seasoning" It.
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