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Unread 07-09-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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I am starting my first UDS build. I will post pictures as I go along. I started with the fire basket. It is 12" high with the 17-18" grate attached about 3" up from the bottom. I will tack weld it when I figure out how to use my welder.

On the barrel, I have 3 sets of holes evenly spaced around the barrel. I used a step drill bit that I borrowed. It only went to 7/8th " and I need 1" for the vents on the bottom. So I ordered one from Amazon that goes to 1 1/8". It should be here Thursday. The barrel held non-toxic antifreeze. I plan to cut off the top and burn it tomorrow with a propane weed burner torch. I will post more picts as I progress. All comments and suggestions are welcome
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Unread 07-09-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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Looks like you're off to a great start. Looking forward to seeing the finished product! Get it finished and fired up.
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Great, I will be watching. Building on myself.
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Makes it that much better when you build it your self. Way to go.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #5
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I burned the drum with a weed burner and cleaned it up with a wire cup on my drill. I cut the top off with a jigsaw and smoothed the edge with a grinder. I will need to attach a 1X72"metal strip around the inside of the lip to accommodate my Webber dome. Can anyone give me some ideas on where to get a strip of metal like that?
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You can get something like that at Lowes. I used the kind with the holes pre-drilled in it. Made it easier to bend around the drum plus was a good place to weld to drum too.
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I bought a strip of aluminum from Lowes that I used on my UDS. I used pop rivets to hold it in place, one every 8" or so.
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You can get something like that at Lowes. I used the kind with the holes pre-drilled in it. Made it easier to bend around the drum plus was a good place to weld to drum too.
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I'll take a look on my next trip there. I still haven't learned how to use my mig welder that I got over a year ago
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I bought a strip of aluminum from Lowes that I used on my UDS. I used pop rivets to hold it in place, one every 8" or so.
Great Idea! I will have to decide on that or learning to weld first.
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Found a barrel for $15 and getting it sandblasted for $20....fun begins Saturday!!!
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Great project to learn your welder with! Looks awesome .... I'm gonna go drill some holes in my drum right now
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Unread 07-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #12
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You will be amazed at the quality of que that you can put out from such a simple contraption....... Welcome to the addiction
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Unread 07-15-2013, 07:16 PM   #14
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I've got the outside painted and am doing the inside burn today; finally had a couple of days without rain. I tried my hand a welding feet on my basket and let's just say it wasn't wonderful So I will finish the construction without welding. Once my welding skills improve, I'll try again.
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Why are you burning the inside, cant you sand blast the inside like the outside?
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