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Unread 05-11-2013, 09:54 AM   #16
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Subscribed. I am always up for a different kind of build!
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Unread 05-19-2013, 06:37 AM   #17
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Sorry for the lack of updates. With birthdays, Mother's Day and family coming into town I have been busy... I got all the slates drilled and screwed. Whew! I also was able to cut the top half off. Beware, if you are using a used barrel, the smell might overwhelm you. Mine had been used for sour mash and WOW what a smell. Ordered my grill grates and electric unit, and thermometer. I only need to get the chains to hold the lid from falling backwards.

Now hold on before you pile on me. I have a three year old son and a new baby about to appear in about 4 weeks. I wanted something I could set and forget about. I can always switch it over to charcoal at a later time.

I'll add pics when I get the parts installed.
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Unread 05-19-2013, 06:40 AM   #18
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I gotta see how this works out. Please keep us in the loop.
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Looking forward to updates.
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I like the electric heating idea. I'd be very leery adding fire to that thing!
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I got the brinkman electric converstion unit. I set it on a grate on the bottom of the barrel and set up the cooking grates. I have not decided on a chimney yet (suggestions are welcome). Using some dryer exhaust tubing, I made a cheap chimney. Shut the lid, locked it down and plugged it in. Let it run for 2 hours and checked it. 217°, not so great, but at least above 200°.

I unplugged it and set it on an old charcoal bowl I had laying around. Lifted it about 6 inches. I filled it with lava rocks. Set everything back in place. And plugged it back in....
30 minutes later, 244°. I'm gonna leave it on for a few more hours and see where I end up. Very happy so far. Smoke was nice and constant.

I do have a question. I ordered some Weber replacement cooking grates and they came already started to rust. Is this normal? I cleaned them off and sprayed them down with olive oil for the testing.

Next question, and this is the important one... What should I do for the first cook?

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Unread 05-22-2013, 06:48 PM   #22
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Next question, and this is the important one... What should I do for the first cook?
a fatty, what else is there?
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Very nice build!
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Unread 05-22-2013, 08:37 PM   #24
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Just shut her down. Was running steady at 260°.. That will do.
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Unread 05-25-2013, 07:06 AM   #25
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Updated Pic. Smoke stack is temp.

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Unread 05-26-2013, 07:44 AM   #26
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So, in less you missed my cook thread. The electric unit didn't do a good job. No smoke flavor... So I am going to be building a UDS Charcoal basket. I think if I set the basket in a high walled large bowl, it will shield the barrel from the heat.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 07:58 AM   #27
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Try Fastenal, they are going to be much cheaper than Lowes and you can get exactly what you're looking for.
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And if you describe you're situation they'll be able to recommend the right screw for the job.

Good luck on the build. I can't wait to see the end result.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 08:22 AM   #28
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Nice!!!
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