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Unread 08-26-2007, 04:32 PM   #406
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One thing I found a little helpful is to go ahead and drill the bottom holes before the burn. Seems to give a little more draft and hotter fire. IMHO!
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Unread 08-26-2007, 07:11 PM   #407
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can u get it sand blasted that should work
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Unread 08-26-2007, 08:10 PM   #408
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The idea is doing it as cheep as possible...burning is kind of traditional for a UDS. Depending on sand blasting cost, you might look into a new barrel. Around here they are $65.00 new. I have found garage sale Webers for about $5.00 and you get the lid, both grates, and maybe a few extras, depending on which one you find. Again, cheap is kinda cool. And, they work fantastic!!!
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Unread 08-26-2007, 08:18 PM   #409
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See the beginning of the thread for my burn out experience.
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I thought of drilling the bottom holes to get a hotter fire. I was looking at the pics I posted and notices they looked a lot better then the drums looked today. It was real hot here, then I went on vacation so its been a couple weeks since I worked on these. I am not used to working with metal and didn't realize how quickly they would show surface rust (even though they are in the garage). I was dealing with more rust then paint which is why it wasn't burning off. I worked them over again and this time sprayed them with PAM since it will probably be a week till I touch them again. I'm excited about this project again.


I did have some good help today
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The controls are sooooo easy. Mine all have 4 1/2" ball valves. Get the temp up initially and close all half way down and it will cruise for hours and hours at 225-235.
Can you tell me how high from the bottom you drilled the 1/2 " holes.

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I thought of drilling the bottom holes to get a hotter fire. I was looking at the pics I posted and notices they looked a lot better then the drums looked today. It was real hot here, then I went on vacation since I worked on these. I am not used to working with metal and didn't realize how quickly they would show surface rust (even though they are in the garage). I worked them over again and this time sprayed them with PAM since it will probably be a week till I touch them again.
That bad boy is ready for a fire with meat loaded on the grates. Good job...now get to Q'in.
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Unread 08-26-2007, 08:33 PM   #413
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Brian, 2" - 3" from the bottom is what I do. IMO, it allows some air under the firebasket for better circulation. I also use long (4" pipe nipples so the grate and/or firebasket will rest on them...up off the bottom of the barrel. Hope that helps, but check other posts for ideas as well.
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Unread 08-26-2007, 08:39 PM   #414
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When you do the charcoal do you use the Minion Method for the long smoke?
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Brian, I put about 810 lbs of charcoal/lump and a few splits of whatever wood I have, then start about half chimney of charcoal and put it on top in the middle of the unlit. I get 8-10 hours this way. Bigmista is the master of the UDS. Check out some of his threads. I can get long, and I mean long burns, with more charcoal and shake or stir the basket from time to time. You will be really happy with the quality of Q this thing produces. The juices fall into the coal and burst smoke flavor all around...YUM YUM YUM!!!!!
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That is 8-10 lbs...not 810 lbs. No wander these things burn so long.
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Brian, I put about 810 lbs of charcoal/lump and a few splits of whatever wood I have, !!
Hey meat burner, I am not sure I can find 810 lbs of charcoal. Thanks for the tips. I have a drum just would like to get started on it. Going to pick up the items tomorrw.

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I see I did not post fast enough.
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Hey meat burner, I am not sure I can find 810 lbs of charcoal. Thanks for the tips. I have a drum just would like to get started on it. Going to pick up the items tomorrw.

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We bad!!! Enjoy the UDS...you will be very very happy you did it.
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