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Unread 06-17-2007, 07:11 PM   #16
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How do clean out the coals? Just take off the lid, the grill, and the basket and dump?

I'm looking for a suitable ash pan to place under the coal basket. But right now I plan to just use the shop vac.

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Do you usually need to add charcoal (or wood) during the cook? If so, would it make sense to cut a door even with the top of the firebox for adding coals? Would cutting the door allow too much air to seep in above the firebox? It seems that it could be a pain the tailfeathers to take the meat and grill off to add to charcoal.

OK. That's more than two questions.
Nice job!
Fired her up this morning at 7:00 am and as of right now, 8:22 pm, still going strong at 250 degrees
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Unread 06-17-2007, 07:30 PM   #17
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Put a ball valve on the intake so you can adjust your air flow for temp maintance.
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Thanx but I use sheet magnets to cover intakes, been
holding at 250 degrees all day!! What a dream to
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Unread 06-17-2007, 07:35 PM   #18
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I like that clip on the lid too, much deeper than the one I rigged up. How about a close-up? I would like to build a bracket that would match the handle screws I already have. I have some scraps of 5/32" stainless wire that would be perfect.
Hope this helps...just some one eighth inch cold rolled steel
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This is a thing of beauty. Not ugly at all.

questions is ... where's the RAM that was sacrificed its hood ornament?
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Well, through my smoker anyway...last I saw
she was sitting in the junkyard...not sure
what year it was...old ramcharger I think..
I've had the ornament for a decade at least..
I thought about putting it on my truck but
my smoker needs it more!!!
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Hope this helps...just some one eighth inch cold rolled steel
bent around the mounting boltsAttachment 8187
That is what I thought I saw. Thanks for the GOOD idea. I'm thinking of tacking the V shaped rod to some 1/8 X 3/4 flat stock (or some 16 ga even) and drilling the mating holes for my handle.. I'm scrounging in my garage as we speak.

I didn't want to get too many holes going until I get settled the final mod on my handle.
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Sweet N8man....Looks great ....I'm planning my first UDS as we speak...Been talkin to swamprb and got some great ideas...I'll be pesterin' Mista and a few others as well along the way!! Let us know how it cooks....with pics of course
I had been lurking here for a while and gathering all the information
I could before starting my build....lots of good ideas in all the
threads about the ugly drum smoker.....Bigmista's drums rules!!! As
do they all!!!! Here's to the Drum Corp, (taking big swig of Wild Turkey!!!)
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Sweet Looking Rig!
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how big is the pipe? 2"? how is it attached at the bottom and is sheet magnet just a normal magnet? i am getting ready for version 3 and those are some neat ideas
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how big is the pipe? 2"? how is it attached at the bottom and is sheet magnet just a normal magnet? i am getting ready for version 3 and those are some neat ideas
2" pipe for exhaust threaded into bung hole..
1" pipe for air intakes...I used a 1.25" hole saw for drilling
3 evenly spaced holes around the bottom of the drum, centered 1.75"
from the bottom, then threaded 1" pipe nipples into the holes and
secured with 1" conduit lock nuts on the outside of the drum.
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The vertical pipe is 30"s long and keeps an
old fat man from rolling on the ground!!!!
Sheet magnets are available at Craft and Hobby Stores.
As long as they aren't near the heat, they work wonderful!
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... threaded 1" pipe nipples
That drum smoker is really nice looking, but the pipe nipples just took it to a whole new level for me.
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That drum smoker is really nice looking, but the pipe nipples just took it to a whole new level for me.
With a brand new 1.25" hole saw making the holes, those pipe nipples
just thread right in like it was meant to be...And tight!!! With the conduit
nut locked down I can lift the barrel by the 30 inch vertical pipe like it
was a handle... Hmmmm...I think I'm going to install another of those on the
other side.....shoooottt yeah!!!!!
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Looks really great. Inspires the rest of us who haven't made one yet to get up off the couch and DO something. I need one of those!
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i thought that maybe you only had 1 air intake. I am wondering if on my next drum if i put a 2.5" intake if that would work instead of having multiples.
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2" pipe for exhaust threaded into bung hole..
1" pipe for air intakes...I used a 1.25" hole saw for drilling
3 evenly spaced holes around the bottom of the drum, centered 1.75"
from the bottom, then threaded 1" pipe nipples into the holes and
secured with 1" conduit lock nuts on the outside of the drum.
Attachment 8201
The vertical pipe is 30"s long and keeps an
old fat man from rolling on the ground!!!!
Sheet magnets are available at Craft and Hobby Stores.
As long as they aren't near the heat, they work wonderful!
Now I'm confused. In the picture I could only see one air intake-the pipe running from the bottom all the way to the top.

Are there actually two more 1" air intakes with no pipe running to the top? Does the 30" pipe keeps an old fat man from rolling on the ground only 1/3 of the time? Are the two bottom ones mostly plugged, as shown? Do you use the sheet magnets on the other two also? Sorry to be so dense.
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i thought that maybe you only had 1 air intake. I am wondering if on my next drum if i put a 2.5" intake if that would work instead of having multiples.
I do have three evenly spaced, one is vertical, but during yesterdays
seasoning and cook I only had the vertical open and choked. Held 250
all day and part of the evening..I started at 7:00 am and shut it
down last night at 9:30 pm or so...still had charcoal in the basket!!!!!
I watched a video in the recent past that was linked here in one of the posts about Snail and his drum smokers, I think he has one air intake..looked like it could be around 2" or so.. I went with the 1"
because of the hole saw I had and it's working out well. Before I
shut it down last night I opened all intakes wide open and the temp
reached 475 degrees!!!!! You should of heard the grease sizzling and popping... By the way I like your versions of the drum smokers also..Inspired me along with others...
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