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Unread 03-14-2011, 10:35 PM   #7591
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Funny thing. My ribs came out so juicy the other night, it tasted like someone had poured grease all over them. It was actually kinda gross

Edit: If you are asking my opinion, both the doggy anchor and the hardware look galv.
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Unread 03-14-2011, 11:31 PM   #7592
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Well guys, I read through the first ~200 pages... Then said "Screw it, if I haven't learned it yet Im not going to." So I built me a UDS. Got it roughly finnished lastnight right before dark and did my first cook/season on it this morning... I am in love! Between warmup, the 8# pork butt and the ABT's I threw on while the pork was resting, I had the smoker running for about 12 hours. This baby hardly used any coal... maybe 5-7lbs with a few chunks of mesquite and pecan. This has me dumbfounded because I have been smoking on my large offset up until now and for a cook like this it would have taken alot of wood and charcoal... I only wish I would have built it earlier. Then I could have used it to cook the turduckens I smoked for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Needless to say I see alot of ugly smoke in my future!

Oh, I will try to post some pics of it tomorrow.
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Unread 03-16-2011, 02:26 PM   #7593
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So here is my first official build post!

This is how it looked yesterday:



This chisel I used ($13)



During the chisel process:





Chiseling can leave a razor sharp and jagged edge (I hammered then ground this down later)



My weber lid seriously fits perfectly:





What I bought at Home Depot last night:



Building my charcoal basket:





So we found a dog tie down that we thought would make a perfect handle but I have a concern about it maybe being toxic? It's magnetic and sparked so it's definitely not aluminum but is there anything else I should worry about?





Starting the burn out, it burned for 2 hours (is that enough?)





















A shot of my friends shop:




So I took it back home and coated the entire inside with vegetable oil and am going to season it tomorrow after I paint it (any tips for this?)

I guess I am a little concerned with how safe is it to cook in this? I washed it out with soap really well, burned it out for over two hours then washed it out again and then coated with oil. How should I season it tomorrow?

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I wouldn't worry about the galv. hardware, you'll get cancer from eating all the smoked meat way before the zinc does you in
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Unread 03-16-2011, 03:51 PM   #7594
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Haha I guess but I'd rather be safe the sorry, especially when catering for people....
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Unread 03-17-2011, 06:00 PM   #7595
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Consolidated Container Company. Just south of Kemper on State Line Rd.
Just picked up my drum. Thanks for the info. Those are pretty nice drums. Did you burn yours out even though they had been burned out, sand blasted and washed prior to purchase? The inside is bare metal and is clean. I didn't know if a good wash out with soapy water and than hot charcoal run before the first cook would be enough.
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Unread 03-18-2011, 08:05 AM   #7596
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i cant keep my drum under 275 thats if every thing pretty much shut down i thimk im gonna build a heat shield
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Unread 03-18-2011, 10:17 AM   #7597
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i cant keep my drum under 275 thats if every thing pretty much shut down i thimk im gonna build a heat shield
It's a learning process, every drum will be a little different, practice,practice,practice. Try using fewer coals to get it going, bring it up to temp slower, it's easier to increase temp than lower it. For a heat deflector, just get a pizza pan and drill some holes in it, it works for me.
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Unread 03-18-2011, 10:18 AM   #7598
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Just picked up my drum. Thanks for the info. Those are pretty nice drums. Did you burn yours out even though they had been burned out, sand blasted and washed prior to purchase? The inside is bare metal and is clean. I didn't know if a good wash out with soapy water and than hot charcoal run before the first cook would be enough.
Nah. I just fired it up, let the temp get up to 350 for a couple of hours, then backed it down to 250-ish and threw 3 sacrificial fatties on. By the time those were done, the inside of the barrel was nicely coated. So far neither I nor my family have grown any extra limbs.
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Unread 03-18-2011, 10:24 AM   #7599
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You really shouldn't need a heat shield. I held my UDS at 200 last week for several hours. If I shut everything down, it will be out in 20 minutes. How much charcoal are you using to get it going? You should only be dumping a dozen or so lit ones on it max. Catch the temp on the way up.

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Unread 03-18-2011, 02:38 PM   #7600
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Look what followed me home today. Had mango juice in it at one time and for 20 bucks I couldn't pass it up.
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Picked up my drum today! For the charcoal basket I have a choice of 13" or 15" charcoal grate laying around and can only find 12 x24" expanded metal. For a newbie should i use the 15" grate and cut down the metal or keep as is?
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Unread 03-18-2011, 04:56 PM   #7602
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i cant keep my drum under 275 thats if every thing pretty much shut down i thimk im gonna build a heat shield
If everything is shut down, it should go OUT. Otherwise, air is leaking in somewhere. It doesn't take much.
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Unread 03-18-2011, 05:43 PM   #7603
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Ugh damnit I just found out all the hardware I bought at Home Depot is zinc, I knew I should have gotten Stainless. Now I am gonna have to go get all new hardware, I'm really paranoid about using zinc/galvanized stuff now.
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inv3ctiv3, just give the zinc galvanized hardware a 2 or 3 hour bath in white vinegar. It will be zinc free after that.
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Just bought new stainless hardware......
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