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Old 07-20-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default My First UDS Build...

I have been wanting to build a UDS for awhile now but just never had the time as other projects kept getting in the way. after collecting all the parts and supplies I needed, I finally made the time to start my build. I wanted to keep it simple and not stray from the basics that I learned from the great UDS threads here. Although I did (as I always do) ended up doing a few things different along the way as the work started, I think it turned out pretty good....

This is what I started with:

Then picked up this weber with some extras from CL for CHEAP!

The drum was bought new and painted before I got it, So I had to get busy with the wire wheel on the inside.

I Ended up scoring another Weber Kettle (freebie!) and decided to use that one for this project as it was blue and I wanted to keep the black Weber. My kettle lid did not fit my barrel very well so I had to figure out how to mount it. Well one thing led to another and I tried using the bottom to the weber kettle and liked the way it looked with the extra headroom, and the vents being dead center on the top.

I decided this was going to be my lid and this is how I made it work:

I cut the nubz off the dome and went a little deep to get rid of some rust, so I used some JB weld to smooth/fill the area.

The bottom of the lid is damm heavy, so I had the idea of hinging it....In the end it turned out awesome and was totally worth it, but it added A LOT of time to my build.

I started by using the handle already on the kettle and welding on a 4" metal hinge...

It took on a life of its own after this as I continued to build as needed.

I call it "FrankenHinge".

I built in a stop to hold the lid open as well.

Time to burn it out!

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After the burn the outside got sanded and then a good cleaning.

Then I painted her with some Duplicolor gloss black engine paint.

There was a 3/8" gap that need to be sealed between the ring for the lid and the drum so I used some stove gasket to keep it leak free. I finished this with black high temp RTV, oiled up the rim of the lid and closed it tight for a couple days so the RTV would form a nice tight seal around the lid. The outcome was better then I expected before I started... The lid closes and seals perfectly!


Thanks for looking!
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #2
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Pure genius and it's gorgeous! Well done.

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:51 AM   #3
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Wow, you took the ugly out of UDS, nice fab work, it looks great!
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:55 AM   #4
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Awesome dude. I wish I had any kind of fabrication skillz like you!
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
somebody shut me the fark up.

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Great job! That's a beautiful smoker.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the comments.... I hope to season it this weekend and get to learning what a UDS is all about!
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:22 PM   #7
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #8
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great fabrication skills. good job!
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:32 PM   #9
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I do not think it is applicable to keep the "U", because that is definately not ugly.

Absolutely wonderful job. Thank you for posting. I hope to utilize your ideas when I finally get around to my own UDS.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:09 PM   #10
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Very nice job on your PDS (pretty drum smoker)

Seriously though, nice work!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:44 PM   #11
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Meh... Can it cook or is it just yard art?
Just kidding bro. That thing is a piece of work. I'm sure you (and all your buddies, remember that) are gonna enjoy some fine Q out of it. Just think about what you're gonna say when they ask you: "Can you make me one?"
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:11 PM   #12
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Very nice job! I may have to incorporate a few of your ideas in a future build...very nice.
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:32 PM   #13
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You're pushing me over the edge there with that ADS (Awesome Drum Smoker)

now enough of all this build pr0n.....let's see some meat on that bad boy!
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #14
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I kinda liked the the leg holders on it. Nice job!!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:04 PM   #15
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Love that LID! Best one I have seen!
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