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Unread 04-14-2009, 01:59 AM   #2836
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DOT drums have a code on them that denotes thickness and style of end attachment. It tells someone in the know what is allowed in them.


UN1A2/Y425/S; UN1A2/Y1.2/100

The drum I have has the codes stamped in it.
Is there somewhere to find a decoding chart???
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Unread 04-14-2009, 04:02 AM   #2837
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The drum I have has the codes stamped in it.
Is there somewhere to find a decoding chart???
Look on internet for people who manufactures and sell drums. I cut and pasted from McMaster.
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Unread 04-14-2009, 12:50 PM   #2838
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OK. I get sum parts today to build my UDS. I have been reading the threads and i've seen a few people who have the air intake 1" thur 3" off the bottom of the drum. My charcoal basket is 12" high and I do not want the cooking grate right on top of the coals. So may drum has a flat top. How far down should the cooking grate be form the top?

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Unread 04-14-2009, 01:04 PM   #2839
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Good looking drum Dude. Love the beer sign in the garage.

Thanks a bunch!!
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Unread 04-14-2009, 02:53 PM   #2840
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Hey akarpf,
Seems you have been reading the bible and so here is the tutorial
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=43943
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Unread 04-14-2009, 04:32 PM   #2841
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OK. I get sum parts today to build my UDS. I have been reading the threads and i've seen a few people who have the air intake 1" thur 3" off the bottom of the drum. My charcoal basket is 12" high and I do not want the cooking grate right on top of the coals. So may drum has a flat top. How far down should the cooking grate be form the top?

P.S. I take sum pics. go to http://s606.photobucket.com/albums/tt149/akarpf/
I believe that the current wisdom is set your basket in your barrel, measure up 24 inches from the bottom of your charcoal basket. Thats where your lowest grate goes.
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Unread 04-14-2009, 04:38 PM   #2842
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got a question myself for some of you drummers out there. I've notices that quite a few folks have the air intake with the 1/4 turn valve plumbed up where its easy to reach without bending over. Even though my 1/4 turn valve is screwed right on to the close nipple thats welded into the barrel I never have to bend over to adjust it. I just use my foot to open, close, or even make minor adjustments.

Now I'll admit its cool to have it plumbed up the side or to have an extension on the valve. I'm a little envious but too lazy and cheap to put additional time/effort into doing it.

Is there any other reason you guys just don't use your foot to adjust your valve?
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Unread 04-14-2009, 05:25 PM   #2843
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Those with that setup probably are not as talented with their feet as you and Thawley are. http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=29692
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Unread 04-14-2009, 07:34 PM   #2844
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Default First UDS Cook

Well tonight was my first cook in the new drum. Fired up the coal, WG Lump,and got the temp to 250* pretty quickly. Put on some marinated chicken thighs and smoked them to 160* with a little apple wood. Temp control was easier than my WSM!
Took the cover off and direct grilled the thighs to finish them. Coals lit up and I had a raging fire in the drum. Fabulous. Chicken came out good too.
Put the cover on, shut down the vents and in less than an hour the drum was cold. Another fabulous. Thanks to all of you who worked out the bugs on these things. They work great!
I know no pics didn't happen, so here is the chicken:



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Unread 04-14-2009, 08:42 PM   #2845
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got a question myself for some of you drummers out there. I've notices that quite a few folks have the air intake with the 1/4 turn valve plumbed up where its easy to reach without bending over. Even though my 1/4 turn valve is screwed right on to the close nipple thats welded into the barrel I never have to bend over to adjust it. I just use my foot to open, close, or even make minor adjustments.

Now I'll admit its cool to have it plumbed up the side or to have an extension on the valve. I'm a little envious but too lazy and cheap to put additional time/effort into doing it.

Is there any other reason you guys just don't use your foot to adjust your valve?
To Be Honest, My First Thought Was About The Coolness Factor When I Built Mine...But, Using a Magnet, Instead Of the Obligatory Ball Valve to Control Air Flow Was Born Out of Being Really Cool, and, because that's What I Had Laying Around the Studio....
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My first updraft was to keep the intake out of the snow and because I thought it looked "cool"! Many overnight cooks found the barrel half covered in a snowdrift but still holding temp. Most of my new barrels now sport a speaker magnet at the lower side of the barrel which is easy to adjust with a foot.
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Unread 04-15-2009, 05:57 PM   #2847
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Here's my first barrel, a little ruff but if I like how this one works I'll put more time into constructing a nice one.
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here's the cooking grate 6" from the top
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Unread 04-15-2009, 06:01 PM   #2849
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I have more pictures if you guys are interested. I'm working on my fire ring right now..
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Unread 04-15-2009, 06:23 PM   #2850
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I have more pictures if you guys are interested.
You just looking for some encouragement? POST them...

PS: I love the blend of rust and unburned paint on your drum. True art. I wouldn't change a thing.
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