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Old 12-30-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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I found a guide online for building a drum smoker out of scraps, most of which I can find around here no problem. Not quite sure where to find a shipping drum but I imagine that can't be too complicated.

Did most of you with drum smokers build them, or buy em?

Ball valve air intake seems sketchy. Are they made this way because a typical vent would get too hot to operate?

Just thinking about maybe doing one, since it looks like the cheapest way to get a proper smoker. WSM cost 300 bucks and just don't seem that large for doing big cooks ><.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:07 PM   #2
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:10 PM   #3
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Pretty silly of me to miss the sticky.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:41 PM   #4
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600 pages and 9000 posts is a lot to wade through. The short answer to your question is that the ball valve gives you a variable opening to control temps with. Mine usually runs 3/4 open with all of the others closed on a 55 gal drum (1 inch valve). On the salvage drum, I usually have a 1 1/4 inch full open.

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Old 12-30-2011, 09:47 PM   #5
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The ball valve works fine.

I just built my uds a week ago. Have cooked on it four times now.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:30 PM   #8
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Kiss is the method I use...Use a ball valve, it just works. Although in my next build I will try to build a vent similar to BGE.

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