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Old 10-17-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default The Aussie UDS build has begun!!!

Today I performed the burning of the drum.

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I have also bought my intake nipples and heat proof paint. Tomorrow I will be buying more goodies to get me closer to finishing the magnificent beast.

Questions, I've had a fire in the drum, how do I burn the lid??? And, I've noticed some people have stickers / wraps on their drum smokers, does the heat affect them at all?

Stay tuned, I will keep updating this thread with my progress.

I'd also like to thank the forum and it's members for all the valuable information.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:52 PM   #2
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Be careful burning the lid if you are going to use it for a top. It will warp fairly easily.
I stripped mine with paint stripper and then made sure it was washed good and clean, before I painted the outside. I used a citrus based stripper, and it came shiny clean. Good luck on your build, you will enjoy your smoker when it is done!
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:31 AM   #3
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I agree about the lid Heat will warp the heck out of it strip t instead
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:07 AM   #4
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Have fun with your build ;)
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:25 AM   #5
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I think that original green color is pretty cool :)
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:02 AM   #6
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Sandblasted my lid before performing the Weber mod. But be careful, even the heat generated from glass bead blasting will warp it a little bit. The sides of a drum stay surprisingly cool, no problem with stickers or emblems. 4dueces has a friend that can make custom wraps. You can find some examples of his work in the UDS picture thread.

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:27 AM   #7
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Questions, I've had a fire in the drum, how do I burn the lid??? And, I've noticed some people have stickers / wraps on their drum smokers, does the heat affect them at all?

I've not had any problems with the graphics on any of mine, but I every seldom let the temps go above 300-325 on the drums. Good luck with the build, you'll love the UDS when your done.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:34 PM   #8
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This is why I love this forum, A1 advice, thanks very much!!!

I do have one problem though, 4dueces you may need to change your avatar, I find it very difficult to read what you've posted.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:58 PM   #9
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Good luck on your build. Keep us posted.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:13 PM   #10
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Hey 10_Bears!

Great start on your UDS... I've wanted to make one for ages but now I've got a WSM instead. Where in Melbourne are you???

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Old 10-19-2011, 04:32 PM   #11
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Great start so far. Good luck with the build.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:52 PM   #12
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Hit the drum with a wire wheel last night, came up great. If I didn't have such cool colours picked out for it (my football team), I'd consider a clear coat.

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Hey 10_Bears!

Great start on your UDS... I've wanted to make one for ages but now I've got a WSM instead. Where in Melbourne are you???

Cheers!

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SmokinAussie, I'm from Hoppers Crossing, and you? Do you know where I can get a good quality thermometer locally. Struggling with that a bit.
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:06 PM   #13
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good looking start cant wait to see more and the finished drum.
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:19 PM   #14
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Looking forward to the build thread! Great start.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:54 PM   #15
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Hit the drum with a wire wheel last night, came up great. If I didn't have such cool colours picked out for it (my football team), I'd consider a clear coat.



SmokinAussie, I'm from Hoppers Crossing, and you? Do you know where I can get a good quality thermometer locally. Struggling with that a bit.
Bloody Hell, you're way out on the other side of town. I'm in Rowville!

You can buy Tru-Tel and ET-73 Theromometers through Amazon. There's just no locally reliable suppliers.

Also, you can get a Thermopen from http://www.rossbrownsales.com.au/index.html but the ones they have are Celcius only versions which p!ssed me off no end.

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