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Unread 08-30-2011, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default It begins. My UDS build.

I have two barrels, and a question to start with. The red barrel is unlined but a weber lid doesn't fit tight. The green barrel has a liner, and the weber lid fits perfect. Which barrel would you go with, knowing that I'll have to use a donor lid of some sort?

Thanks, and I'll be posting progress pics!
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Unread 08-30-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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Good luck with the build. If I can offer any advice, it wold be to go through the Ultimate UDS thread as much as you can, and hopefully avoid a lot of the mistakes I made on my build. My first drum was $3.00 but it was lined and we have local no-burn laws so I ended up buying another new unlined drum to keep the peace with the wife and the law. Lots of good information in that thread, use the search function and all will be answered.
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Way to go! I'd go with both. You can form the "lip" of the Weber lids for pretty good fit on the smaller diameter barrels.
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Bobbys-- thanks for the tip. I've been reading through all the UDS threads so I have a pretty good idea if what I want to do.

Boshizzle- I'm planning on using one of them as sacrificial to make a door out of the way it's done here: http://www.randyq.addr.com/friends/m...abrication.htm
I know having a door isn't standard practice, but I really like the idea of a door and it'll still be airtight.
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Just to check did you try the weber lid on both ends of the red barrel, it may fit the opposite end better. It is your choice but if you go with the linered barrel you have to get it out and on some barrels it is very hard...
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I checked both ends, unfortunately it's the same size on both.
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If I had it to do over I would have the bung on the bottom so I could hose it out. I may add one later anyway.
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That's a good idea pappy.
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Just to check did you try the weber lid on both ends of the red barrel, it may fit the opposite end better. It is your choice but if you go with the linered barrel you have to get it out and on some barrels it is very hard...
It is easier to have someone at a welding shop sandblast the inside of the drum.
(That's a fallback if you can't burn it out.)
Mine was a new unlined barrel, but I burned it out anyway to remove any rust preventative.

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I'd make two. Make one with a Weber lid and two cooking racks and make another with a single rack / flat lid setup.
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I'd make two. Make one with a Weber lid and two cooking racks and make another with a single rack / flat lid setup.
One is more than I'll ever need (and one too many if you were to ask my wife).
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What color is the liner? The red ones are a pain. If you want a weber lid to fit I would try the green one and see how bad the liner is to remove.
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Take the top third of one and fuse the two,we have done a couple like that with three grates and they work fantastic.
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What color is the liner? The red ones are a pain. If you want a weber lid to fit I would try the green one and see how bad the liner is to remove.
Looks to be kind of an amber/yellow color.
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Looks to be kind of an amber/yellow color.

I would try to remove it. You will be happy if you can get the lid to go on it easily. It will be worth some extra labor as far as I am concerned.
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