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Unread 05-12-2009, 09:12 PM   #3181
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Well, I just picked up my actually cooking drum. It is the black one. I got it from Dayton Industrial Drum. They take drums and recondition them by media blasting them.

The other is a closed top..I have two of the blue ones that I will be using as donors for version 2.0 once I make redesign changes.

So here they are in all their glory

oh yeah..got an aditional drum lid for 10 bucks.
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Unread 05-12-2009, 09:51 PM   #3182
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Cool Stay Down. Can't wait to see your build.

I see in your sig your UDS got stolen. That sucks. I would be bummed. Seriously bummed.

Good luck on the new one though.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 04:22 AM   #3183
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I have gotten some PM's in the past where people have made incorrect or want to change the size hole they made in a drum. If you have ever tried to drill a large hole in thin metal you know that it does not make a clean round hole. It is even worse on a curved surface like a drum. You can get a bigger unibit which are either expensive or don't work very well or last. If you use a tool called a "Chassis punch or Knockout punch" it makes life very easy. A industrial quality punch will cost @$40 apiece but Harbor Freight sell a set that will work on drums for <$20. Here is a link and a link to a You Tube demo. The pilot hole does not have to be only slightly bigger as described. That is how they are designed but you can go bigger if you pay attention to centering and make sure it is shearing the metal as you tighten.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91201


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Unread 05-13-2009, 06:16 AM   #3184
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Cool Stay Down. Can't wait to see your build.

I see in your sig your UDS got stolen. That sucks. I would be bummed. Seriously bummed.

Good luck on the new one though.

Yup and never got to cook on it either. So here we go..this weekend I will be building yet another one.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 09:45 AM   #3185
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Quick question that I forgot to write down when looking through the entire thread...how far off the base of the drum should the ash pan set? I was gonna make it 1 inch and then put my charcoal grate 2 inches above that...giving me a total of 3.125" off the bottom.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 09:49 AM   #3186
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My Ash Pan Sets directly on the DrumBottom. Then my Charcoal Grate is 2.75" above that. Hope This Helps.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 10:05 AM   #3187
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Yeah..that makes life easier for me. N8..you are the man
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Unread 05-13-2009, 10:46 AM   #3188
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Here are a few pics as I build the ash pan and charcoal box.

The first is me setting up to cut out the ash pan in the water jet, then it cutting. The ash pan finished and pulled out of the jet. Rolling the expanded metal for the charcoal ring and the finished ring awaiting the stand offs to get it to the right height above the ash pan.

Now I just have to weld a bottom on to the basket and put a ring around the ash pan.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 11:06 AM   #3189
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Man with equipment like that i would start on a Lang, Spicewine, Klose, or Stumps clone while the UDS chugs away.

Or a locking mechanism so you can keep this one longer.
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Man with equipment like that i would start on a Lang, Spicewine, Klose, or Stumps clone while the UDS chugs away.

Or a locking mechanism so you can keep this one longer.

Yeah..this is all at work obviously. If this was in my garage I would be a happy man.

And yes...I do want to work on a Stumps clone I think...or maybe a spicewine but I know nothing about them and even at the prairie site I did not find any good dimensions to use or a viable blueprint.


And the locking mechanism on this one will be my Shotgun wired to the gate in my backyard!


I will be soon replacing that in my sig if all goes well.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 01:04 PM   #3191
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Oh to have a set up like that!!!!!!
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Oh to have a set up like that!!!!!!

You have not seen anything yet. We have 3 ProtoTrak mills..one of which is a 3 axis. We have to Anilams and one is one a full blown CNC machine.

We also have a Haas TL-1 and a couple other manual lathes..plus all the woodworking and sheetmetal equiptment as well as the welding room which has a Bluco fixture table with a Miller synchrowave 250 and a miller mig
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Unread 05-13-2009, 02:20 PM   #3193
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Not as good as i thought, this is my first ubs and i thought it looked cool but i do need to cut it down. Trial and error!
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What is the issue Hot...and any pics??
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HotandCold,

The eats are looking good on the drum there. That has got to be the tallest riser I have ever seen for an intake. How does it work for you.
Not as good as i thought, this is my first ubs and i thought it looked cool but i do need to cut it down. Trial and error! As you can see smoke is coming out of the riser and i dont think it is supposed to do that cause no air is going in to it.

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