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Unread 08-04-2009, 04:38 PM   #3811
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Phubar, that size basket is just fine. My longest cook has been about 18 hours and didn't need to refuel. You are good to go brother.
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Unread 08-04-2009, 04:49 PM   #3812
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'til you run out of groceries!!!
Nice looking basket



True,true!
Thanx guys for the anwsers.
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Unread 08-04-2009, 05:03 PM   #3813
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just brought my barrel home from a reconditioning business. 8 individual wash stations including an acid bath, and sandblasted on the outside. I am going to wash the thing out to remove any residuals from the baths, and start drilling this weekend :) Cant wait. Should be complete early next week. I will post pics of the build.
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Unread 08-04-2009, 08:02 PM   #3814
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Thanks Viva, I will try just the lid and see what happens. If it fails, I will use the gasket and try to rig it.
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Unread 08-04-2009, 08:05 PM   #3815
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Just another possible cause (the one that gave me the most grief). What are you using for charcoal? I had the same problem with some older bags lying aground (one open for over a year, second one stored in a humid enviroment). Mosture absorbed by the charcoal was acting as a natural thermostat in my UDS. Fresh bag of (dryer) charcoal solved the problem. I also notice that the unburnt charcoal in my UDS will absorbe mosture occasionally between useage.
x2 my temps were up and down and totally unpredictable until I bought a Bag of fresh briquets. At first I used what I had leftover in bags around the house.
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Unread 08-04-2009, 08:28 PM   #3816
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Today I got my charcoal basket back from the welder and I realized that I gave the wrong measurement in height.
My basket is now 13cm/5" tall and diameter is 43cm/17".
How long can I cook with a full basket if everything is going ok (temp,wind etc.)?
Thanx!
I also had a basket made and I think the guy welding was really getting into it - he built it like a tank! 16" dia 6" tall

I wanted to see how a full basket (to the top rim but not any higher)would burn and cooked for 12 hours and burned little over 1/3 of the coals. It will definately cook for as long as I need it to.



Sits about 3" high on the coal grate. Ash drops right through.



Just added coals to start the cook.

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Unread 08-04-2009, 08:32 PM   #3817
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You could get a better flavor if you align the grooves on the K
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You could get a better flavor if you align the grooves on the K
LMAO - I want to try lump one of these days but am still getting the hang of cooking in the drum.
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12 hour burn and I still have the red liner......only like 30% of it burned off.....HELP!!!!!!

Biggs, how big a fire did you build? You have to put a lot of wood in the barrel to get that liner off. It is tough stuff. Flames should be shooting out about 3 feet above the barrel.
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Unread 08-04-2009, 10:43 PM   #3820
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Biggs, how big a fire did you build? You have to put a lot of wood in the barrel to get that liner off. It is tough stuff. Flames should be shooting out about 3 feet above the barrel.
Helps if you have the holes in the bottom to add oxygen from the bottom.
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Unread 08-05-2009, 06:00 AM   #3821
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I also had a basket made and I think the guy welding was really getting into it - he built it like a tank! 16" dia 6" tall

I wanted to see how a full basket (to the top rim but not any higher)would burn and cooked for 12 hours and burned little over 1/3 of the coals. It will definately cook for as long as I need it to.


Daayyyuuuumm!!!
That's efficient!
Sweet looking basket btw.
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Unread 08-05-2009, 07:25 AM   #3822
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Man, what a great idea that cork thing is!!! Glad you didn't kiss. I once knew a guy who insisted that if things weren't done his way they couldn't be right. There's more than one way to skin a cat... and bbq him too! lmao
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Biggs, how big a fire did you build? You have to put a lot of wood in the barrel to get that liner off. It is tough stuff. Flames should be shooting out about 3 feet above the barrel.
Oh Flames were high and hot.....Going to give it another burn then some elbow grease.
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Unread 08-05-2009, 03:46 PM   #3824
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Ok first of all this thread is the holy grail of information. And thanks to everyone (although I'm on page 149 of the read) for helping me get my first UDS built. I found a reconditioned drum from a company and brought it home and did three burnouts on it. Sanded down the inside (although there wasn't much left in there anyway) and built a very simple UDS.

It has a 7" deep grill flat top using just the 2" bung for exhaust. I drilled three 1" holes but have found I barely need to open 1 of them more than a quarter (I use magnets - simple) of the way.

So I was fairly certain that my drum was clean but I started getting paranoid so I called the company and described the barrel and asked if it had been used to carry anything toxic or hazordous. He told me that in their reconditioning process that they burn the barrels at 1800* bearing blast them, then heat them up again are washed with a detergent and some other steps.

Basically he said there isn't anything I should have to worry about. Now he did say that if it was unlined that I shouldn't use it for storing food. So I asked him I said what about for a BBQ, he said that I am fine. I told him that I had also burned it out and sanded it down (it was painted on the inside) he said that he could have given me one that wasn't painted.

I paid $27 and could have had it without paint in it. The name of the company is Consolidated Container Company in NE Minneapolis MN if anyone is interested. They were really good people to work with and you wouldn't have believed how many drums they have.

So if you are in the twin cities area and looking for a drum this is a good place to go.

Again thanks for all the help and information you guys have given me. I made the best pulled pork I have ever made thanks to you guys and I think Levi and Strauss will be thanking you too as I'm sure that my waistline is going to be expanding real soon.
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Unread 08-06-2009, 09:33 AM   #3825
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I have finally acquired all of the parts and tools I need to assemble my UDS.

Now I have a few questions regarding paint (I'm looking to take the "U" out of UDS). What kind of paint do you use (other than BBQ black)? Is it necessary to use a high heat paint? If so, can I put a base coat of high heat and then paint over it with a non-high heat paint, like a rustoleum?

Many thanks to all the great ideas in this thread and I hope to be adding my build and completed pics in the near future!
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