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Unread 06-06-2008, 11:03 AM   #31
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I should have my drum next week and will follow these exact steps!

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Unread 06-06-2008, 11:31 AM   #32
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Hey Norco, do you think the nipples can be brazed on with some silver solder sticks as opposed to welding on? Just wondering.....
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Vic.....from what I know of our Norco, he likes his nipples to be welded.
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Vic.....from what I know of our Norco, he likes his nipples to be welded.
I think you may Norco TOO WELL!!!! LMAO
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Awesome tutorial, you know that drum sure looks familiar
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Funny, that's exactly how Wyatt did his!! Are you trying to capitalize on his plans??
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If the nipples thread in clean do you need to weld them?
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Hey Norco, do you think the nipples can be brazed on with some silver solder sticks as opposed to welding on? Just wondering.....
They thread in nicely. I weld them because some day the cap will seize due to heating, cooling and general rust and unscrew nipple. I am going to post other options in a link from thread. Swamp , Bub, WHO are contributing to info. I want to make a clean flowing tutorial on basic build with links to alternative methods.

Actually a spot weld or a simple braise is all that is needed. It is not to seal, just keep from backing out. I weld because I can. Matter of a fact i owe a lot of Brethren for their votes that won me a Miller welder.


Got to cook for girl scouts plus work so may not add much this weekend. Oh wait MIL in the house, I can snooze at work.
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Funny, that's exactly how Wyatt did his!! Are you trying to capitalize on his plans??
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Great job Norco. Got 2 more barrels waiting for grates.
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Default Alternative to Welded nipples.

You can thread nipples in and use conduit nuts to lock them in.
Nuts come in bag from Home Depot/Lowes, ect. Found in electrical section.



Tighten like this (Primitive Pete mod.)
You are just locking them in not pounding home.



Or you can use Plugs. (Thanks Swampb.)
Plugs are drilled and screws and double nuted for easy removal.
Also in electrical isle at Home Depot/Lowes.





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Keep on posting Norco, and learn us something!!!
I like seeing the Alternative Drum Methodology.
Gives the Welding Challenged amongst us a Glimmer of Hope for Smoking Success.
Again, Outstanding!!!
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Keep on posting Norco, and learn us something!!!
Again, Outstanding!!!
I agree. I have read so much on these things that I couldn't make my mind up on what I wanted to do. I like this as it is plain and simple and proven to work.

Thanks Norco
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Cant get to edit old post.

Divide drum into 3 sections





Layout grill holes.
I chose 1 3/4"" and 8" from top. You should assess the drum you are using.



Layout Intake holes.
I chose 2" from bottom.



Layout Gauge hole.
I chose 9" (1" below lower rack)



Centerpunch marks.



Drill pilot holes.







Drill holes for Intake nipples
I use 1" which lets you thread 3/4" nipple (clean round hole)







Drill out holes for Grate supports
I am going to use 1/4" bolts. I use Unibit to get clean holes in thin metal.





Open up hole for gauge.
I use 3/4" hole which is a tight fit for a 1/2" pipe thread.





Thread in 3/4" close nipples
I use cap to protect threads and screw in as far as possible.
This link will show alternative to welding nipples.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...2&postcount=40



Weld in Nipples





Install 3/4" ball valve.


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Install gauge.
Again use conduit nut that comes with gauge to lock in.



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You can thread nipples in and use conduit nuts to lock them in.
Nuts come in bag from Home Depot/Lowes, ect. Found in electrical section.




Or you can use Plugs. (Thanks Swampb.)

Plugs are drilled and screws and double nuted for easy removal.
Also in electrical isle at Home Depot/Lowes.





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I was looking at the nuts earlier today at HD and they said steel. No mention of galvanized. Those still ok?

Plugs - how do you open them up if you need additional airflow?
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I can hardly wait for the lid!
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