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Unread 01-23-2007, 08:43 PM   #76
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The ash was choking out the fire. I had to take out the food and clean off the coals and it climbed back up to 230 pretty quickly. I was using Royal Oak.quote]

Back in past thread Thirdeye posted a set of jiggler hooks he made to shake the basket in his original BDS.
Yep, I modeled the wiggle rod after these that I made for my Eggs. I used larger 1/4" stainless for the BDS rod to make it a little more manly. LOL I get at least 2 or 3 hours more out of the lump by wiggling it a couple of times during a cook. I actually don't shake the basket, but the "L" reaches into the bottom of the basket and gets wiggled from side to side. The few times I used briquettes, a wiggle really came in handy.

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Unread 01-24-2007, 04:47 AM   #77
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I use the mesquite lump. i guess that might be the only time the door really comes in handy. I can reach in and shake the charcoal basket so the ash will fall without moving the grates.
I heard of someone that rigged up a metal rod that was attached to the coal basket and ran the rod through a hole in the side of the cooker so all they had to do was give it jiggle once in a while.
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Unread 01-24-2007, 04:53 AM   #78
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We live in earthquake country. No need to manually do it
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Unread 01-24-2007, 04:59 AM   #79
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We live in earthquake country. No need to manually do it
Ahh yes, harnessing Mother Nature's power! What a concept! : )
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Unread 01-24-2007, 05:58 PM   #80
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Well found me a 55gal juice drum need to burn off tan coating on the inside so I can build one of these too I think somebody started something here
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Just got off the phone with a guy that has 38" tall 55 gallon food grade unlined drums that he imports bee pollen from Australia in and he will deliver to me for $20 each. My nipples are hard.
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Unread 01-24-2007, 07:05 PM   #82
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i have a couple ?'s does anyone know where i could possible find a drum cheap delivered to kentucky and how does the weber kettle grill cover fit the 55 gallon drum and is there a tight fit i see most drums are 25 in diameter and kettle cover is 24.5 in diameter any info would greatly appreciated thanks birdman
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Unread 01-24-2007, 08:55 PM   #83
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MY Kettle lid fits my ol Style BDS just right
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I got my drum yesterday. I picked it up at a place that rebuilds industrial machines. The get mineral oil in them and gave it to me for free. I got the top cut off inside the top roll, got a fire grate and ring at a machine shop. I picked up a Weber Kettle lid out of a trash pile and it fits perfectly... nice and snug but goes on without any coaxing.

I burned it out tonight and bought all of my hardware. For now I am just going to use the cooking grate out of my Weber. I will try to get it all done this weekend and post pictures.

Including the machine shop costs and the hardware it looks like I will have about $50 in mine. I am stoked!!!!
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Just got off the phone with a guy that has 38" tall 55 gallon food grade unlined drums that he imports bee pollen from Australia in and he will deliver to me for $20 each. My nipples are hard.


Swamp, you need to go into the UDS business. Just give me a $10 royalty for the name.
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Unread 01-25-2007, 06:56 AM   #86
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Right now it looks like I'm in the scrap metal/burn barrel biz, it's piling up in my truck!
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I installed all my hardware except for my side and lid handles. I cut 4 -3/4 inch holes around the bottom. The bottom cooking rack is 24.5 inches from the charcoal grate. The top rack is 5 inches from the bottom rack.

Did a second burn yesteray and noticed what a difference the air intake holes make. I knew they would it was just interesting seeing how much easier the fire was to start and the difference in the smoke/heat.

Today I am going to step the bottom holes out to 7/8 and screw in the pipe nipples. I hope to get it brushed, sanded, and painted as well.

One kind of disappointment... After putting the bottom cooking grate at 24.5 inches I had to put the top cooking grate right at the top of the drum (my drum is only 35 inches high). I don't think it will be a huge deal as I will do most of the cooking on only one rack anyway. Plus with having the Weber Kettle grill lid I will still have some capacity on the top rack... just not what I was hoping for.

Already looking for a taller drum... This was a pretty easy project!!

I'll post pics after painting and after the first cook tomorrow!
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Got the 2 38" drums last night and will make one with 2 cooking racks. I took the bottom of a kettle and cut the top 2" off of it so I have a ring and I'll slip it in the top of the barrel if I want to use the Weber lid. I'm going to take one of the proto drums and cut a 13" section out of it so I can use it for an expander ring and get more heighth if needed. Keep 'em coming!
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OK gentlemen... here she is...

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Original condition of lid and drum...

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Fire grate and ring...

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1/2 inch black iron nipples for air intake and to hold fire grate...

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Charcoal grate and ring in place...

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Bottom cooking grate in place...

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Here she sits ready for action.

I will write up what I did later...

I will post pictures and recount the experience of her first cook tomorrow.
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