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Unread 02-16-2010, 11:08 PM   #5131
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Default I'm so EXCITED!

I just got to open one of the drums I've been given by a local small strip mall owner that was used for doing soil samples when they were purchasing the building.

There are 10 open top drums with lids and rings but he didn't know what kind of lining they had inside.

1 was very light and it sounded like it had a couple gallons of liquid in it. I told him I'd take it home and get it opened up to see what kind of lining it might have and that as long as it was not the dreaded "red" lining I'd be back for the rest in about a week.

Got it home and after 3 trips to HF I finally got a socket big enough to fit the ring bolt.

I opened it up and it was beautiful inside ('scuse while I wipe a tear I'm just so happy! ) there was a light coating of rust all over the interior and lid.

No liner, none, nada, zip. Just bare metal I am so excited!

I'll be using my new HF weed burner with electronic ignition to take off all the paint on the outside and my new HF 4 1/2" Grinder with knotted wire wheel this weekend to get it back to shiny and get the lid all cleaned up.

I LOVE BARE NEKID METAL!

The seal was only half on and that half only had a little bead of silicone caulk.

I want to be able to post pics and I need a little info about how to get pics on here using photobucket so I can share the build and the eventual BBQ pron as I become a full fledged novice member of the UDS brotherhood.

If you can help with the pic info pm me.

Thanks brothers,

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Unread 02-17-2010, 01:24 AM   #5132
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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.

This is what I did with a wood barrel smoker I made. If anybody has one of those cheap wallmart square grills rotting away in the yard scavenge the vents for the UDS. No welding needed.



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Unread 02-17-2010, 01:08 PM   #5133
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Default New Drum Pics

Trying to see if I get the pics right.

Here's 2 pics of my newly opened drum.

Lid up, gasket pulled off, light rust everywhere I look.



A closer look down in.



Gotta dump the water out find my white marker for layout and fire up my new weed burner. Might do the burn at night just for the fire pron.

I will post pics of the build as it progresses.

Thanks Norco, Bigmista, N8man and the other greats of this thread!

With this drum I will honor the masters teachings with a K.I.S.S. UDS!
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Unread 02-17-2010, 01:59 PM   #5134
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Both of the drums I purchased were alleged to have come from a bakery. They looked as if the contained some sort of cooking oil. I just got back form the car wash with the alleged unlined drum; I thoroughly washed and rinsed one of them. I guess we will see if it flash rusts. I think I will still burn it after drilling all holes to be on the safe side. I won't post a picture since it looks like brotherbd except not rusted yet. The first of two builds begins.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 02:18 PM   #5135
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1. I might try using the 16 inch grate out of the webber I used for parts. Porcine Pirate

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That is what I ended up doing. Down at the scrap yard they had an entire pallet of expanded metal that was all uniform in size. I just cut it in half and bent it around a fire extingusher to get the rough bend. thus the 3 butt welds. But cheap to say the least.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 03:33 PM   #5136
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Finallly got around to making my drum. I've been reading this thread since it only had about 150 pages and have read all of them since. I've also read every other site I could find, so I didn't really have any questions when I fianlly jumped in. I just wanted a simple, decent looking drum that was easy to operate. Anyway, he's the final product.



Loaded up with 20 lbs of butt.


Flipped half way through.


Pulled and ready to eat!!!


If you are looking to build one and have trouble locating expanded metal, Go to the closet organizer section in Home Depot and pick up one of these (11 bucks) it measures 16"x16" and is 10" deep. Just have to burn off the paint.


I realized I had galvanized washers and replaced them prior to use.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 03:34 PM   #5137
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That is a beauty. Congratulations.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 03:43 PM   #5138
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Bubblehead, i have been looking for a stack like the two you have here for about 2 weeks with no luck. I am just going to do a single stack. Would you mind sharing where you got the stacks



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Unread 02-17-2010, 03:56 PM   #5139
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Thanks for the tip on the organizer basket Bubblehead. Looks like it'll work great.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 04:01 PM   #5140
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NoviceBBQmovinUp - They are 2.5" velocity stacks I snagged off eBay for about 10 bucks.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 04:08 PM   #5141
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Whats wrong with galvanized washers?I am under the impression any notion of toxic fumes being release is unfounded.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 04:56 PM   #5142
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I got this done a couple months ago and have just been playing with it. I did the intakes as small holes covered with magnets. I am starting my second now and making this my "camping drum"! It uses the lid off of the cheapo knock off weber grill from Wal Mart so it is hinged and stays in place when open, great for mopping. Also, I had a little hand truck so I painted it to match and bolted it to the side and bottom. Makes moving it easy. I have more but I will post later. Sorry for the bad pics, they are cell phone.
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i've been wondering about the exhausts being on the sides. doesn't this throw off the heat distribution ? ie making one side hotter than the other.
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I installed a short probe thermometer and did some testing with the stacks in the back for a few hours and then rotated the lid so the stacks were over the thermometer, no real change.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 08:40 PM   #5145
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I stopped by Big Lots and picked up one of those cheap 22.5" grills made by BBQ Grates (http://www.biglots.com/Outdoorlife/i...7&iid=7351) to see if the lid would work for my UDS build. It seems to work best if I use the bottom of the grill and the ring that held the drum lid in place.

Here is a pic of the grill bottom (which is taller than the lid) with the ring. It fits nice and snug inside the ring while sitting on the drum top "lip."



Here is the bottom without the ring -





Here is how the grill lid fits -



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