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Unread 11-14-2008, 06:11 PM   #1951
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What about making this butterfly valve go one farther and make up some ash pushers out of 2" x 1/8" Angle Iron? that would serve to push the ash off as well as control the air flow?... kind of like a one touch weber?
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Unread 11-14-2008, 08:39 PM   #1952
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Theres a thought. You would want a way to catch the grease though as a mix of ash and grease may not come out right. If all you had was ash though, that would definitely be a nice thing to have I think.

Geez, so many decisions when trying to make a real simple drum.
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Unread 11-14-2008, 10:02 PM   #1953
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Now that the cook is done cleaning the big grate is a pain in the A**. How do you guys clean your cooking grates?
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Unread 11-14-2008, 11:09 PM   #1954
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Default First Post - First Build - Thanks!

First off .. thanks all for all the hard work, tried and true research, and time invested in posting all these fantastic ideas for the UDS. Ideas and associated names are way too many to list but the ideas from BigMista, FordMan, N8Man, and especially the dimension / build post from NorcoRedNeck http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...1&postcount=86 are a few that come to mind as I take time to thank all for their contributions to this post.

A buddy from work and I will build our first UDS's tommorrow (11/15) Nothing like a cool sunny Saturday, Work buddy, cold beer, and a home project using tools .. should be fun!

We wimped out; bought new unlined, open-top drums .. took the easier route. Did the firebox last weekend .. design posted by NorcoRedNeck; came out really nice .. very heavy duty.




Also figured an easy template for the 1/2" vent holes in the top lid. I used the glass carousel plate from the wife's microwave. 16 1/2" diameter 8ea holes 6 1/2" apart for a perfect template.



Used a sharpie to make marks, layed the plate centered / face side down onto the drum top.




Transferred the 8 marks to the top .. voila .. 8 easy / perfectly spaced marks to drill the 1/2 vent holes. Cool thing about this is the marks are easily removed from the glass plate with a little soap and scrubber pad .. placed back in the microware before the wife realized what had happened. (Shhh .. dont tell!)




Will post pics of the final product tomorrow evening .. wish me luck!
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Unread 11-14-2008, 11:12 PM   #1955
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But won't she wonder what the marker lines are from? LOL
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Unread 11-14-2008, 11:25 PM   #1956
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But won't she wonder what the marker lines are from? LOL
No .. she was out of the house .. away spending my money in the mall .. while I worked on the firebox. Cleaned up and returned to the microwave before she got home. Been a week .. hasn't noticed anything unsual .. I got one over on her!!

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Unread 11-14-2008, 11:49 PM   #1957
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Cherish that memory - it don't happen too often .
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Unread 11-14-2008, 11:52 PM   #1958
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Married 25 years last month .. I know. Pulling one over on her are few and far between.
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Unread 11-16-2008, 12:00 AM   #1959
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Default New Arrival - First Build Complete

As mentioned yesterday .. today was our build; A buddy from work and myself tackled our 2 drum project today and came up winners!

Photos of the job attached.

Summary; these were new open top drums, no liner. We burned them with a weed burner to remove outside paint and any undesireables from the drum factory. We burned them till they turned blue.

Currently both drums are in the seasoning stage overnight .. big plans for these two new arrivals.

Again, thanks for all the good ideas from the UDS user group.
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Unread 11-16-2008, 09:59 AM   #1960
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Just wondering how you all clean your grill grates they are big and a pain in the a** to move around in the kit sink.
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Unread 11-16-2008, 10:03 AM   #1961
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Ramp the heat up on the cooker then hit it with a wire drush to remove the tough stuff. A weed burner would do nicly. Then either take it to the sink or a bucket of soapy water in the yard.
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Unread 11-16-2008, 10:43 AM   #1962
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Weed burner and wire brush. Once in a great while put in plastic trash bag and spray with oven cleaner or Bio degreaser and close bag. Let sit in sun as long as can/overnight. Remove and rinse.
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Nice lookin build bro...good luck on your first smoke!

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