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Unread 06-20-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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I went and picked up a drum for my UDS build.
I got an open head drum that was made out of heavier metal- 16 gauge.
I got it home and got to looking at the drum and thought it looked a little short in height. I took some measurements........23.2 x 33.8" which = a 53 gal drum
A 55 gal drum height is 37.7"
So I learned something new today
I'm happy with the heavier metal drum.
Has anyone built a UDS with a 53 gal drum?
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Most 55 gal. drums are tapered. measure the dia. at the top and the bottom. You may have different measurements.
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I built a BPS drum out of a shorter fatter drum and it was beautiful.

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Mikemci I was going off these dimensions.....interesting to see closed head dimensions differ slightly also.

Drum Dimensions
Size OD x H Capacity Wt. (lbs.)
(gals.) Ctn.
CLOSED HEAD DRUMS
14.4 x 26.3" 15 8.5
19.4 x 29.5" 30 16.2
23.3 x 34.9" 55 22.2
OPEN HEAD DRUMS
14.9 x 26.3" 14 8
21.3 x 30.1" 30 15.9
23.8 x 37.7" 55 23.3
23.2 x 33.8" 53 21
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I need your thoughts on rack placement.
The height of my drum is 33.8" the tape on the barrel is where the top of my charcoal basket will be. From that tape to the top of the barrel is 17". For right now was planning on only using the drum lid.

How would you do the racks? Or would you only use one rack?
Your the experts!!! just looking for some suggestions.

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its not how big it is, its what you do with it that counts.

At least thats what my GF tells me
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I use the same barrel, and set my rack 7 in. below the flat lid. It cooks great. If I were to build another with that type barrel, I would probably lower that rack another 2 in, and mount another near the top, for a weber lid.

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Bludawg thanks!
I ended up going 3 & 8" from the top.
All I need is a little welding on my basket. Then test burn & season.

Next time I will ask for a white barrel. Sure makes seeing the lines a lot easier

Edit: Only took me about 20 mins to lay the holes out, and drill them. Hardest part was putting the valve in on the bottom.
I like the diffuser idea....might add that too.
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