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Unread 02-25-2009, 08:54 PM   #2491
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I was waiting for you to pick up on that.

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Unread 02-26-2009, 10:40 AM   #2492
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Wow. Finally made it through the entire thread. I've been plannig on building a Big Baby Double Barrel Smoker (and making it a triple), but due to time and mostly $$$, I decided to build one of these instead. I started my UDS last weekend and finished it up Tuesday night. Virgin cook last night, ABT's and 3 chickens. My dad was amazed on how well it turned out. I'm doing butt's this weekend. Can hardly wait. With that being said, I still have a few things to fine tune. I'm not happy with temp control. I hade a hard time last night keeping it below 290-300. I think it's my lid. It warped when I hit with the weed burner. Any suggestions for straightening that back out? I still have the ring that came with it, maybe just put that back on and clamp it down? Many thanks to all the great ideas! Norcoredneck and Smokin Gator : I used your guides, what an awesome reference to have in the garage while I was building it. I went with 3 3/4" nipples with a ball valve on 1. I cannablized an old CharBroil charcoal smoker I had laying around (btw, don't ever by one of those.. junk) for various parts like the handles and the grate mounts. I ended up using the two flimsy 16" grates for the charcoal basket, I bolted them together. I'm going to build a lid like Barbarian has on his UDS, just need to find a few more parts. Here's a few pic's:






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I got my 85 as some of you saw with Bubba. I drilled my 1 1/4" holes for my 1" nipples and low and behold the holes are too big. My first question is - how do I fill the gap? I thought about putting two mounting pieces and screwing them together through the side of the drum.

Next question - if you had a choice of drilling a 3" hole for a big stack, a 1 1/2 hole for a smaller stack or 8 small holes for exhaust - which would you choose?
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Unread 03-01-2009, 08:27 AM   #2494
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I drilled my 1 1/4" holes for my 1" nipples and low and behold the holes are too big. My first question is - how do I fill the gap? I thought about putting two mounting pieces and screwing them together through the side of the drum.
If using conduit locking nuts won't they fill the gap?
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Next question - if you had a choice of drilling a 3" hole for a big stack, a 1 1/2 hole for a smaller stack or 8 small holes for exhaust - which would you choose?
3" hole for a big stack
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1. I told ya so.
2. The 2" exhaust is working great!
3. I told ya so.
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1. Magnets- cleaner looking, easier to do, easier to adjust
2. 2" should be fine unless you find yourself running more that 1 1/2" of total air intake. If you do then I would also be looking at high heat paint.
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I got my 85 as some of you saw with Bubba. I drilled my 1 1/4" holes for my 1" nipples and low and behold the holes are too big. My first question is - how do I fill the gap? I thought about putting two mounting pieces and screwing them together through the side of the drum.

Next question - if you had a choice of drilling a 3" hole for a big stack, a 1 1/2 hole for a smaller stack or 8 small holes for exhaust - which would you choose?
Can't resist asking what you were drinking when you drilled 1 1/4" holes for 1" nipples????????
Either patch the holes, use (I think) JD McGee's method of a sliding cover or buy a new drum.
For the exhaust, I think I would go with the 8 holes unless you are in a situation like me where you need to exhaust the smoke out. If you want one big exhaust I would stick to 2" x 4" black pipe attached by 2" conduit nuts in the center of the lid.

And don't drill the exhaust holes if you have been drinking.
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If using conduit locking nuts won't they fill the gap?
Conduit locking nuts are almost all galvanized. Can't find them any other way.

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2. The 2" exhaust is working great!
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1. Whatever
2. Yeah but you've been using 2" your whole life and look where that's got you.
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Chinese Bob, the galvanized conduit nuts on the intake nipples don't get hot. They are below the fire. I have felt the nipples while cooking and they have never been hot.
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Try these Bob....
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Can't resist asking what you were drinking when you drilled 1 1/4" holes for 1" nipples????????


And don't drill the exhaust holes if you have been drinking.
Bob's overbored hole excuse....
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Are these washers and bolts galvanized? In the charcoal basket that may be a problem.
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Bubba, thanks for the clarification, I guess that Bud Light with Lime just put him over the top. Lucky he did not hurt himself.
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Chinese Bob, the galvanized conduit nuts on the intake nipples don't get hot. They are below the fire. I have felt the nipples while cooking and they have never been hot.
I too have felt nipples that were not hot, but they were hard
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