The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS.


Forum Portal Recipes Smoke Signals Magazine Welocme Merchandise Associations Purchase Subscription Brethren Banners
Go Back   The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. > Discussion Area > Q-talk

Notices

Q-talk *ON TOPIC ONLY* QUALITY ON TOPIC discussion of Backyard BBQ, grilling, Equipment and just outdoor cookin' in general, hints, tips, tricks & techniques, success, failures... but stay on topic. And watch for that hijacking.


Reply
Thread Tools
Unread 04-27-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
NRF
On the road to being a farker
 
NRF's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-29-12
Location: Edison, NJ
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default UDS build crossroads...

First, Thanks to all for what I have learned thus far.

My UDS build has begun. Burned off the paint, wire wheeled inside and out- painted the outside and "oiled" the inside with cooking spray.

My wallyworld kettle grill lid will not fit without either cutting off the lip of the drum, or basically flattening the lip of the kettle lid. I discovered- while painting the bottom, that the kettle lid fits the bottom perfectly. So...

I can obviously cut out the bottom and make it the top- but I worry about the lid leaking too much air making my cooker uncontrollable. This was an open head drum, with a somewhat bulky locking ring- ring should be no problem if I either add casters, or simply set drum upon properly spaced blocks. Making the top the bottom may make the drum easier to clean (?)

Remove the gasket and run a bead of high temp silicon- hopefully sealing the lid ( bottom ) ? I am trying to make my way through the monster that is the UDS thread- but I swear it grows the same amount that I can read each day...

I call upon the Bretheren Drumheads for wisdom and thoughts.
NRF is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 04-27-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
vafish
Full Fledged Farker
 
vafish's Avatar
 
Join Date: 12-19-11
Location: Commonwealth of Virginia
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Some folks like using the open top lid as the bottom because it makes it easier to clean out.

I would put casters on the lid, use it as the bottom, cut the bottom out and use the grill top as the.lid.
__________________
Silver UDS with weber lid, UDS #2 black with a weber lid, 1995 Treager pellet grill, 22.5 Weber
vafish is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 04-27-2012, 08:59 AM   #3
gooose53
Full Fledged Farker
 
Join Date: 07-07-08
Location: Goose Creek, SC
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vafish View Post
Some folks like using the open top lid as the bottom because it makes it easier to clean out.

I would put casters on the lid, use it as the bottom, cut the bottom out and use the grill top as the.lid.
My next one will be built this way.....great suggestion!!
__________________
2010 South Carolina State BBQ Champion (SCBA)
gooose53 is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 04-27-2012, 09:29 AM   #4
Hook_Line_and_Sinker
is One Chatty Farker
 
Join Date: 03-28-08
Location: Downey, California
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I built my first UDS that way and never regretted it. You will have to deal with the lip left from cutting it. It needs to be ground off. And a drum head cutter does the best job of cutting the drum open. It's been four years or more since I built it and no leaking issues. No sealant needed if you are carefull during the build.





__________________
Hook Line and Sinker

Viking 30 inch Gravity Fed Charcoal Smoker
Brinkmann 5 burner gas grill with sear & rotisserie
UDS's 3 and growing
Char Griller w/SFB w/mods
Orion Cooker
Charbroil 7000 Gas Grill

Last edited by Hook_Line_and_Sinker; 04-27-2012 at 10:16 AM..
Hook_Line_and_Sinker is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 04-27-2012, 09:32 AM   #5
expatpig
is One Chatty Farker
 
Join Date: 02-20-10
Location: Cochrane, On.
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

JM Setzer posted here a few weeks ago with his method, it just may work for you, I'm going to give it a try on one of my drums with the same WM kettle lid as yours. He fastened a metal strip around the circumference of the inside of the drum.
__________________
"When I was in Canada, I had a lot of time to think."- Doug Sahm
[B][COLOR=red]UDS x 5[/COLOR][/B]
[COLOR=red][B]Weber Performer[/B][/COLOR]
[B][COLOR=red]Napoleon Apollo[/COLOR][/B]
[COLOR=#ff0000][B]GOSM[/B][/COLOR]

[COLOR=blue][B][I]CSBBQA, KCBS, NOBS(Northern Ontario Barbecue Society)Professional Barbecue Team. USAJFKCENMA.[/I][/B][/COLOR]
expatpig is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 04-27-2012, 09:41 AM   #6
NRF
On the road to being a farker
 
NRF's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-29-12
Location: Edison, NJ
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by expatpig View Post
JM Setzer posted here a few weeks ago with his method, it just may work for you, I'm going to give it a try on one of my drums with the same WM kettle lid as yours. He fastened a metal strip around the circumference of the inside of the drum.
I saw what he did, and actually was headed in that direction. I was going to cut the WM bottom thereby utilizing its sealing surfaces and "fit" it into my drum-space as needed and seal the remaining gap...that was the plan- until i had my drum sitting upside down- and it looked smaller. Tried my lid and it fits perfectly- just a tad snug even. Now here I sit, wondering do I go left or right.

Clamping my lid back on and making it my bottom seems to be the cleanest way to git-er-done but I'm just wondering how much air she will suck. May not be much after seasoning with a few cooks? I dunno- too noobie to know.
NRF is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 04-27-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
expatpig
is One Chatty Farker
 
Join Date: 02-20-10
Location: Cochrane, On.
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I'd try his method, if it doesn't work for you flip it over and do it the other way.
__________________
"When I was in Canada, I had a lot of time to think."- Doug Sahm
[B][COLOR=red]UDS x 5[/COLOR][/B]
[COLOR=red][B]Weber Performer[/B][/COLOR]
[B][COLOR=red]Napoleon Apollo[/COLOR][/B]
[COLOR=#ff0000][B]GOSM[/B][/COLOR]

[COLOR=blue][B][I]CSBBQA, KCBS, NOBS(Northern Ontario Barbecue Society)Professional Barbecue Team. USAJFKCENMA.[/I][/B][/COLOR]
expatpig is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 04-27-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
NRF
On the road to being a farker
 
NRF's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-29-12
Location: Edison, NJ
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by expatpig View Post
I'd try his method, if it doesn't work for you flip it over and do it the other way.
Just looked at it again ( Thanks for the bump! ) And it really did come out sweet.

I have everything to do this already also. Aluminum strip, SS fasteners etc... decisions, decisions...

Luckily I did not hit this project full boar and drill my intakes already. It's not like I cannot do what you suggest and give it a try first.

I'll resolve the where is my bottom question and deal with the rest later.
NRF is offline   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Loading



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise v2.6.0 Beta 4 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2003 -2012 © BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.
no new posts