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Unread 02-13-2010, 08:57 AM   #5101
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Someone asked about the way I made the cut-off kettle bottom fit into my drum so that it would be removable. I left 2" below the rim.

The original post of the drum is back at #5041

I used a 1/2" round Rutland stove gasket at the top with a 1/4" x3/4" Rutland gasket right under it. The point is to keep the rim high enough to get the Performer Lid to not touch the barrel itself so you get a good seal.

My one concern is that water might get into the drum in a rain.

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Unread 02-13-2010, 09:00 AM   #5102
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Seems like to much cutting of the drum for me. I have limited tools and resources where i am currently living and i have no idea where to get a door like that guy. It just seems like to much work for something that really does not do that much more especially when i want to keep the cost down.
I used an abrasive blade in a skill saw to cut the 2" x 4 " hole. Very easy to do. The large opening gives easy access to clean out ashes and to tap the bottom of the ash grate as an added bonus.

The stainless draft door, which has a spark screen, only cost $36 from my local BGE Dealer.
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Unread 02-13-2010, 12:18 PM   #5103
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Seems like to much cutting of the drum for me. I have limited tools and resources where i am currently living and i have no idea where to get a door like that guy. It just seems like to much work for something that really does not do that much more especially when i want to keep the cost down.
Wow!Maybe you could have your agent review this and get back to you.
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Unread 02-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #5104
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Seems like to much cutting of the drum for me. I have limited tools and resources where i am currently living and i have no idea where to get a door like that guy. It just seems like to much work for something that really does not do that much more especially when i want to keep the cost down.

You don't have to cut a rectangle shaped hole. You can drill a few large round holes and install the door over them to get the same result.

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Unread 02-15-2010, 10:17 AM   #5105
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Look at what I finally got!



It's new with only a rust inhibitor inside.

Can this thing be turned into a smoker? Anyone got any tips?
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Unread 02-15-2010, 10:28 AM   #5106
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I'm new here, but I noticed that Harbor Freight Tools had
Knockout Punch Kit 15.99 and 3 Piece Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Step Drill 9.99
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Unread 02-15-2010, 10:47 AM   #5107
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I'm new here, but I noticed that Harbor Freight Tools had Knockout Punch Kit 15.99 and 3 Piece Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Step Drill 9.99
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Look back a few pages and you will see a dialog between myself and a couple of other forum members about the harbor Freight knockout punches. The steel step drill should be good to go.
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Unread 02-15-2010, 12:21 PM   #5108
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Look back a few pages and you will see a dialog between myself and a couple of other forum members about the harbor Freight knockout punches. The steel step drill should be good to go.
Like I said, I'm new-at page 242.
So far, both tools have been talked about, I saw that both were on sale.
That said, you are entitled to your opinion, everyone is. Over the years, I've heard some hilarious ones(SMILE)
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Unread 02-15-2010, 12:31 PM   #5109
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OK, I'm gonna look thru this thread more thoroughly but in the mean time does anyone have any advice for finding a drum around town besides Craigslist? Like a business or any other kinds of places that typically have leftover drums that would be usuable, or maybe a place online? I dont need it be free or even that dirt cheap but less than $100 shipped at the very least otherwise it starts to defeat the purpose cost wise. I found this but it's over $150 w/shipping. Any advice?

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/ma...drum-open-head
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OK, I'm gonna look thru this thread more thoroughly but in the mean time does anyone have any advice for finding a drum around town besides Craigslist? Like a business or any other kinds of places that typically have leftover drums that would be usuable, or maybe a place online? I dont need it be free or even that dirt cheap but less than $100 shipped at the very least otherwise it starts to defeat the purpose cost wise. I found this but it's over $150 w/shipping. Any advice?

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/ma...drum-open-head
I got a new unlined one from bestcontainers.com. Shipping was about $37.00 and the total was right at $100.00. By the time I add in gas to pick up a used one and sandblasting to clean off the liner from a used drum, it was a good deal for me. You can also look on eBay. There are some used ones going for around $50.00 shipped.
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Unread 02-15-2010, 03:21 PM   #5111
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OK, I'm gonna look thru this thread more thoroughly but in the mean time does anyone have any advice for finding a drum around town besides Craigslist? Like a business or any other kinds of places that typically have leftover drums that would be usuable, or maybe a place online? I dont need it be free or even that dirt cheap but less than $100 shipped at the very least otherwise it starts to defeat the purpose cost wise. I found this but it's over $150 w/shipping. Any advice?

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/ma...drum-open-head
Bakery, they use food grade mineral oil (Unlined drum also). Thats what I used. I've read on here that machine shops use a mineral oil also.
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First post. First UDS. Got a drum that had mineral oil in it. Cut the top out and I can't tell for sure if it has a liner or not. It's not red, tan or orange. Its metal gray. I can clearly see the dark area where it was welded at the seam. I wouldn't think you could see the weld if it had a liner. I don't think it does but I'm not positive.

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First post. First UDS. Got a drum that had mineral oil in it. Cut the top out and I can't tell for sure if it has a liner or not. It's not red, tan or orange. Its metal gray. I can clearly see the dark area where it was welded at the seam. I wouldn't think you could see the weld if it had a liner. I don't think it does but I'm not positive.

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It prob does not have one. If you want to be sure dump any remaining oil in a container with rags to soak the oil up. Then wash it out good with tide and hot water mixture. Then if you spray a little water on the inside in one spot it will start to rust in a day or two, no liner. Then just do the seasoning burn or if you feel better do a burn with three pallets then do your seasoning burn. Mineral oil has a flash point of 375* Don't forget to drill your intake holes before you do your burn.
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Talking My Almost Finished UDS and one for a Friend

Started out with (2) food grade drums that I bought from Porcinepirate..Kind of a funny story. I had been looking on CL for a doner Weber Kettle to build a UDS, and he had a "wanted ad" up for a Weber Kettle. I had shot him an e-mail asking if by chance, he was building a UDS. He replied back with YES, and after a few e-mails he invited me over to look at his newly finished UDS. So My self and my daughter shot over there to look at his UDS and the PRON was in the air with some fresh pulled pork. The rest is as follows.


Drilled holes for the pipe nipples

Welded the nipples


Put some feet on there. Thanks Frank!!

Ready to burn!



Couldnt wait any longer after the burning, grinding, sanding, sandblasting etc!!

The fire box out of my almost (Brand new) retired off-set (just don't tell the WIFE)!

My cheapo T-stat... Which worked great until our new Tel-Tru's Get here!

Ok, Finished buisness during the seasoning was AWESOM!

OK... Back to my shop for the charcoal baskets







Ok...For the ball valve extension. Went to a local scap yard and bought a piece of 5/16" rod, cut it down and ran a die on there to match the same threads as the valve. Ran a drill thru it and the coupling nut and threw a couple of cotter pins thru it to keep them tight.


Flattened out the rod with a disc grinder to accept the handle.


Almost there!

Sanded the outside and then rubbed them down good with steel wool. Wiped them down with Acetone and used this paint. Took about a pint to give both of the drums 2 coats of paint.


Almost finished Products... Still need an exhaust.




The entire UDS cost as follows... $30 for one food grade drum, $12 for a doner Weber kettle (to use the charcoal grate and the grill) $4.50 for the expanded metal, the tube (feet) , 5/16" rod (for the T-handles, handle extension, and the charcoal basket handle), quart of high temp satin black 15.00/2 = $7.50 and a cheapo T-stat because I couldnt wait to fire it up . And the new T-stat should be here soon for less than $20.00 off of Ebay. Grand total of less than $75.00 But if you count all of the beers, electricity, tools, etc... it was just a tad more. The feet were made out of a piece of pipe given to me from Frank AKA :Porcinepirate as well as the purchase of the barrels. I had salvaged all of the stainless machine bolts, nuts, washers, wood for the handles,nipples,caps,and my ball valve from the guys at work ,my dad, and the dumpster as well. Thanks BBQ Brethren for all of your in put on the build. Thanks for looking!
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Nice build and great description ofhte steps with pics smokin!
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