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Unread 07-22-2012, 09:51 AM   #16
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I have my UDS going right now. I used the aluminum strip method with the Wally world lid. Absolutely no leaks. I used hi temp rtv to seal around the strip.
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Unread 07-23-2012, 12:08 PM   #17
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I have my UDS going right now. I used the aluminum strip method with the Wally world lid. Absolutely no leaks. I used hi temp rtv to seal around the strip.
Is the silicone RTV safe to use around food???
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Unread 07-23-2012, 12:16 PM   #18
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Is the silicone RTV safe to use around food???
Honestly I'm not sure. It never touches the food and is completely dry.

EDITED TO ADD: I did a search on "RTV food safe" and found a post on another BBQ site asking is Permatex RTV is food safe. The OP sent a message to the Mfr and received this reply from Permatex:

Permatex has a High Temp. RED RTV Silicone Gasket Maker and is safe to
use around food products .It is certified
NSF/ANSI STANDARD 51 Food Equipment Materials ...( indirectly around
food )Temp. max. is 600 F continuous and 650 F intermittently ... The
Ultra Copper is not NSF


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I have built two new UDS's for this year’s competition season. I have looked for a supply of domed lids that will fit a 55 gallon drum. To date have been stymied thus far. I know that one can purchase used 22 ˝ inch smoker or grill and modify the lid to fit. In my search I found a great company "Toledo Metal Spinning" that could make them. They are wondering if there is an interest in the BBQ community to make these and have them as a standard item. These would fit a standard 55 gallon drum with no additional modifications. If you are interested in them doing this PLEASE email Jeff Earley at JEarley@toledometalspinning.com. He is going to keep track of how much interest there is. This would give the BBQ community a source for UDS lids. Please spread the word on other BBQ Forums. Thank you for your help.
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A kingsford 22.5 inch grill lid will fit a 55 gal drum with no mods needed. If you can still find them... I believe they quit making them a few years ago...
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I bought a cheap Weber knock off at HD, I used the lid for one, I'll be using the bottom for another. I cut out the flat lid and tack welded the dome lid in place and used high temp RTV to make sure it was sealed. My flat lids fit really tight to the drum.

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Well, we need a little more info than that... Who makes it? It also depends on your drum. They are not all the same size. I find that a 22-1/2" weber kettle lid will fit perfectly on most drums turned upside down. Cut the bottom out and weld in the top.
I am thinking about buying a used 55 gallon 304 stainless steel drum, for $150, and doing this with it as it does not have a removable top. Gonna take my 22.5 weber lid with me when I head down to Dallas -- that's where this guy sells them. Between the Weber lid, 304 stainless drum and stainless steel hardware it should last me the rest of my years. :)

Wait, I might not have to invert it.. the top might be the same diamter as bottom.. I'll see. If so I can just cut out the top :)

This is the guy's craiglist posting: http://dallas.craigslist.org/sdf/for/4254352998.html
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I bought the el-cheapie kettle from Wally World and incorporated the lid,hinges,and both grates into my UDS. Plus I got it on sale for 20.00. I had to flatten out the lip of the lid and then hammer it back over the edge of the drum. All in all I think I did good.

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