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Unread 06-01-2007, 10:09 AM   #241
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Thanks for the quick reply. Which leads to another question - I assume there is some type of cap that screws to the pipe nipple to close off the pipe? And - can you get 1/2 inch pipe nipples at Lowes or Home Depot?
Either place will have the Pipe Nipples,and pipe caps....just be sure to get Black Nipples...Not the Galvanized ones!!...and I would get a few 1/2" conduit lock Nuts also...they will thread right on the nipples ...you could put on on the inside and one on the outside just in case the nipples were fitting to loose,when you tighten the locknuts they will hold the nipple tightly against the barrel.
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I did get the PM and sent you the doc via email. I sent it at 8:24 AM. Let me know if you don't get it and I will send it again.

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Just checked and it came through - thanks for that! Think I'll have to go do a little shopping today on my lunch break
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While you are there, make sure to check the electrician's nuts (now that could make a heck of an out of context) to see if they will go onto the pipe nipples.

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Either place will have the Pipe Nipples,and pipe caps....just be sure to get Black Nipples...Not the Galvanized ones!!...and I would get a few 1/2" conduit lock Nuts also...they will thread right on the nipples ...you could put on on the inside and one on the outside just in case the nipples were fitting to loose,when you tighten the locknuts they will hold the nipple tightly against the barrel.
That helps ... thanks Bob!
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While you are there, make sure to check the electrician's nuts
If only this were woodpile...
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While you are there, make sure to check the electrician's nuts

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Went by Lowes at lunch and picked up everything that was on the shopping list (derived from Smokin Gator's document he sent). To ensure airflow won't be a problem though ... I went with 3/4" pipe nipples and accessories. My thought was I would rather have 2 or 3 3/4" pipes capped and available instead of all (3) 1/2" wide open.

Given that ... does anyone have a rough idea of the size hole that needs to be drilled for a 3/4" pipe nipple?
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I originally bought 3/4 inch nipples but couldn't find a step bit that would go that large. Somewhere back in this thread other's have suggested other tools that would cut nice clean round holes, but I don't remember what they were.... sorry!

You will be able to get close to the outside diameter of the pipe nipple by just putting in one a tape measure or ruler.

If you can't figure out a tool for the job, don't hesitate to go with the 1/2 nipples. I usually have 1 open and the one with the ball valve about half open to keep 220-230. If I want to do some chickens a bit higher I open a third. Rarely have I had to open all 4. I have done it a couple of times just to see what kind of temps I could get and 300-325 was a piece of cake.
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for a 3/4 inch nipple, ......ummmm 3/4 inch drill bit?? You gotta understand whos talking here, I'm "mechanically" disabled"!
I actually had all 4 1/2 inchers, but now I have one 3/4 inch nipple, why? cause the hole I drilled became too big after I filed it down!! I tell all my buddies its all in the design plan, and its critical to have that one 3/4 inch nipple!
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for a 3/4 inch nipple, ......ummmm 3/4 inch drill bit?? You gotta understand whos talking here, I'm "mechanically" disabled"!
I actually had all 4 1/2 inchers, but now I have one 3/4 inch nipple, why? cause the hole I drilled became too big after I filed it down!! I tell all my buddies its all in the design plan, and its critical to have that one 3/4 inch nipple!
LOL... that is one big arse drill bit!!!!

And Keale... doesn't it feel good to fess up and get it off your chest that your drum is designed to have uneven airflow...


You know I am j/k bro....
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Thanks for the responses. My dad says he has the needed bits, etc. - so I'll see what he comes up with and if needed - we go back for the 1/2 inch size!

If you're not tired of seeing another UDS being built ... but I'll try to keep everyone updated as we progress!
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Thanks for the responses. My dad says he has the needed bits, etc. - so I'll see what he comes up with and if needed - we go back for the 1/2 inch size!

If you're not tired of seeing another UDS being built ... but I'll try to keep everyone updated as we progress!
Yes please, I'm planning on doing one myself
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FYI!

While you guy are checking the Electrician's nuts and tightening your nipples, Greenlee makes a step drill bit that I believe will cut to 1 1/2" holes. Both Lowes and HD have them ( @ $50+ ) along with a 7/8" bit ( $35 ) They are kind of hidden near the wiring and conduits.

I'd like to see the progress!

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I used a 1" hole saw to make a hole where 3/4" pipe nipples screw into


Here is a 3/4" X 1/2" bushing threaded in hole. I welded mine but as I suggested eariler you could lock in with conduit nuts.


Here is 3/4" nipple welded.


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Nice job there, I stand in awe of you guys that have that mechanical ability. Ed.
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