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Unread 05-15-2009, 08:09 AM   #3211
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Sounds like this comes down to how fussy you are. Knowing how black the sides of my drums get I would only wire brush from the grill mounts up and then do a good seasoning but if you think there could be any harmful residue in the barrel well then I would do a real good burn or two also. Get 'er done - the weekend is almost here and its time to make some good eats!!
I actually brushed it out from the mounts up already. I was pretty sure the surface rust wasn't an issue for the majority of the drum, and that people were wire brushing after a burn for lined drums. I'd prefer to do a burn just to "be safe."

I'm thinking I'll do a burn on it this weekend and then season it up. Ideally I'd like it to be done and ready to go for next weekend - having a BBQ on Sunday.

Not sure if I'll get it looking all purty by then, but I'll just explain to my company that it IS an UglyDS...
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Unread 05-15-2009, 08:20 PM   #3212
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Is there any reason for making the charcoal container round instead of square?

I got an old gas grill with a nice porcelain coated cooking grate in it that would make for a nice 14" square or rectangular fire box grate.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 08:27 PM   #3213
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Is there any reason for making the charcoal container round instead of square?

I got an old gas grill with a nice porcelain coated cooking grate in it that would make for a nice 14" square or rectangular fire box grate.

Most definately... Charcoal doesnt burn in corners...

Seriously the last UDS I made was for my Son-In-Law and I made mine square and about 8" up. I didnt see a difference in the first two cooks.
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Is there any reason for making the charcoal container round instead of square?

I got an old gas grill with a nice porcelain coated cooking grate in it that would make for a nice 14" square or rectangular fire box grate.
mines is round

oops i read that wrong. i have seen some square baskets in this thread

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Unread 05-15-2009, 08:37 PM   #3215
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Ok, here is the progress on my charcoal basket and ash pan. The ash pan is 18" in Diameter and the charcoal basket is 15.5" and 8" high. The risers are 3.5" high.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 09:04 PM   #3216
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Is there any reason for making the charcoal container round instead of square?

I got an old gas grill with a nice porcelain coated cooking grate in it that would make for a nice 14" square or rectangular fire box grate.
I made the actual chamber round but the grate i used was also from an old grill and it works just fine
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Staydown - That is an awesome looking firebox. Are you going to put something on the tray to pull it up with?
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jtwisted- that grate looks exactly like the one I thought I would use. Sounds like it would work alright, I just can't see buying anything if I don't have to. Thanks for all the replies.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 10:50 PM   #3219
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Couple of my baskets are square with no problems. Don't think corners are a problem. Just my 2 cents.
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Staydown - That is an awesome looking firebox. Are you going to put something on the tray to pull it up with?

Thanks but my mig welding skills are minimal. I am just learning. I should have tig wleded it but that would have taken more time...I am a certified tig welder.

yes I will but I have not decided what I am going to use right now. I have seen people weld a bar across the basket but I don't like the idea of that because I see it getting in the way.

I am still trying to come up with a good design.
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Just found this on craigslist...I may be looking at versions 2.0-140.0 HAHA

If I can get 4 of these I will be happy


Free 55 gallon plastic drums with lids attached. I have 140 drums, free to anyone willing to haul them away. They origionally had ink in them and can be rinsed clean.
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Just found this on craigslist...I may be looking at versions 2.0-140.0 HAHA

If I can get 4 of these I will be happy


Free 55 gallon plastic drums with lids attached. I have 140 drums, free to anyone willing to haul them away. They origionally had ink in them and can be rinsed clean.

Plastic!?
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HAHA..they have metal ones as well.....at least that is what he said..I guess we shall see.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 04:36 PM   #3224
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Started the UDS project today, getting my butt kicked by some borrowed tools not holding up to the work, but got the out side burned and brushed and got one of the three vent holes at the bottom drilled. The flame thrower does not like the lacl of o2 in the barrel so I am hoping that a few vent holes help that. This drum had honey in it so i am not too worried about it as is seem to paint and not a liner. Pictures later need more beer. :)
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Unread 05-16-2009, 07:20 PM   #3225
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I ran a load of charcoal through me new UDS today. It went well but after opening the vents to get the temps up, it seemed to stay above 260 even after several hours choked back down.

Does the wind make it more difficult to keep the temps down? I wasn't cooking, just seasoning so it didn't hurt anything.
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