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Unread 02-18-2010, 11:10 PM   #5176
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Nice UDS build, dubster!
Thanks! I will be doin a couple of fattys on her tomorrow evening. Will be posting some pron in my thread on them. Should be wonderful!
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Unread 02-18-2010, 11:13 PM   #5177
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Unread 02-18-2010, 11:14 PM   #5178
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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.


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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 02-18-2010, 11:23 PM   #5179
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So where can i find some expanded metal that is not 24x12 or 24x24 like at the lowes and HD by my house. Is there a place i can get to cut me a piece that is about 8x45. please chime in and tell me how you all got your larger pieces of expanded metal and what guage you picked that was not to weak but was still able to bend it into a circle. thanks!!!
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Unread 02-18-2010, 11:50 PM   #5180
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Novice, check out one of your local metal fabrication shops. They usually have 6 to 8 inch x 48 inch cut offs that are real cheap and the perfect length. And, they are much much heavier metal. I get them around here for free to maybe $6.00. If you get it free, take them a few fatties for lunch break one day and then the cut offs will always be free.
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Unread 02-19-2010, 09:43 AM   #5181
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So where can i find some expanded metal that is not 24x12 or 24x24 like at the lowes and HD by my house. Is there a place i can get to cut me a piece that is about 8x45. please chime in and tell me how you all got your larger pieces of expanded metal and what guage you picked that was not to weak but was still able to bend it into a circle. thanks!!!
I used Norco's suggested 3/4" x #9 expanded metal. I got a 3' x 4' drop for $21. It is easy to cut on a bench saw with a metal blade. It is pretty stiff to bend into a circle, but it can be done with a little effort.

If you cut it 8 1/4" wide you will be right in the middle of the joint between the diamonds so you won't end up with unclosed diamonds and therefore ragged edges.
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Lowe's or HD around here do not carry expanded metal. I was able to get mine from a steel mill locally. They must get a lot of calls, because when you walk in to their sales office, there is a big stack of precut expanded steel labeled for BBQ use

I was able to easily cut mine with an angle grinder and appropriate disc. I found that expanded metal is much easier to bend when it is 60* outside vs when it is 30* outside. Which suggests that if you run a hair dryer over the expanded metal for a little bit, it might be a little easier to bend.
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Unread 02-19-2010, 10:13 AM   #5183
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If you cut it 8 1/4" wide you will be right in the middle of the joint between the diamonds so you won't end up with unclosed diamonds and therefore ragged edges.
If you put the ragged edges on the bottom it wont matter, and you wont filet yourself when playin' with your basket
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Unread 02-19-2010, 10:23 AM   #5184
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For those who can't get it locally, you can buy 12" x 48" sections if expanded metal from Yale Steel.
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Unread 02-19-2010, 11:03 AM   #5185
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Schweet lookin UDS's Pit boss. So, who's the lucky recipient of the other one?
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Unread 02-19-2010, 12:06 PM   #5186
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Man this thread is loooong, Just read the first 50 pages and still have over 300 to go!!
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I'm thinking the world was ready for a homemade pit that could be made on the cheap and works. Three quarters of a million hits sure proves it.
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I can get some brand new 55 gallon drums, that have a removable lid for 40 bucks. How much more would it cost to build my own??

Im not sure if you contacted me about Greif. It cost me maybe 150.00 with the price of the brand new drum for all parts. Expanded metal, weber grate, and ball valve were the expensive pieces. I also splurged on some good high temp paint.
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Man this thread is loooong, Just read the first 50 pages and still have over 300 to go!!
Take notes with post numbers or bookmark them for anything you think you might want to find again.
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Unread 02-19-2010, 01:21 PM   #5190
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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

Stepheneleven, I sent you a private message but didn't hear back from you. If you're even remotely considering spending $150.00 on a drum, please check your PMs and or look at this thread...

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=78492

The guy I get my drums from is about midway between Milwaukee and Madison. $15.00 each non-lined, smooth sided, one use 55 gallon drum, with lid and clamp ring.

Anyone local to northern IL or Wisconsin feel free to PM for contact info.
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