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Unread 07-24-2010, 01:33 PM   #6376
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Hey Big D... You found your Weber! Good deal.

Looking at your pics, I have a couple of humble suggestions that might make your life a little easier:

1. Take a hammer and flatten out the lip of the lid. Then, put it back on the drum, center it as precisely as you can and then hammer the edges back down. This will provide you a much tighter seal - to the point where it will almost "click" into place - and will help you control temps and fuel consumption better.
2. Turn your ball valve over so the handle is on top. It will make it easier to adjust.
3. Get it up on some wheels. I used the wheels and axle from the donor Weber and cut one of the legs down to make a spacer leg for the opposite side.
4. Put some kind of ash-catcher under the coal grate. A 16" pizza pan from Wally World is like a $1.50. This will make cleaning MUCH easier.

Keep us posted on the build. I can't wait to see it all purty.
Well Homey after I get your Weber and buy a drum I may be asking you some ?? about this technique. OK?
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Unread 07-24-2010, 03:54 PM   #6377
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Default My first crack at a UDS

I just built this bad boy today. All i need now is for a friend of mine to weld up my charcoal basket and i'll be ready to try it out. Man i can't wait, i feel like a kid in a candy store!
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Unread 07-24-2010, 04:38 PM   #6378
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I just built this bad boy today. All i need now is for a friend of mine to weld up my charcoal basket and i'll be ready to try it out. Man i can't wait, i feel like a kid in a candy store!
If you can I would use shorter nipples, helps with air flow and cleanup.
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Unread 07-24-2010, 04:50 PM   #6379
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I didn't know that. I used the longer nipples to rest my basket on. I'll have to give it a trial run. As for cleanup i was planning to either just dump it out or break out the shop vac.
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Unread 07-25-2010, 10:20 AM   #6380
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I didn't know that. I used the longer nipples to rest my basket on. I'll have to give it a trial run. As for cleanup i was planning to either just dump it out or break out the shop vac.
Dump it out = Ashes everywhere, including all up and down your seasoned smoker walls.

Shop Vac= Risk of coals still smoldering. Which equals fire.

Be carefuls, I have done each way. if nothing else line the bottom with stron aluminum foils, then just wad it all up and throw away. I have a 9 inch pan with a lip on it that works perfect for me. $5 alt Walmart, its the little all in one Hibachi grill.
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Unread 07-25-2010, 02:30 PM   #6381
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Well Homey after I get your Weber and buy a drum I may be asking you some ?? about this technique. OK?
Of course. Sam picked up the Weber today and drove it off. I stood by the curb and waved good bye with a little tear trickling down my cheek...

Yeah, when you get back in town feel free to stop by. I'll show what I did with mine and what I'm planning on doing differently with my next one.
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Yeah, when you get back in town feel free to stop by. I'll show what I did with mine and what I'm planning on doing differently with my next one.
Did you see the CL listing I posted for $40 oak barrels in Wood River? May change my plans to build a UDS
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Unread 07-25-2010, 03:30 PM   #6383
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Holy crap. Over 1,000,000 views.
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Unread 07-25-2010, 05:47 PM   #6384
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Holy crap. Over 1,000,000 views.
Doesn't surprise me a bit... lost count of how many times i've viewed it myself. It's a great thread on a great website!
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Unread 07-25-2010, 05:51 PM   #6385
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Dump it out = Ashes everywhere, including all up and down your seasoned smoker walls.

Shop Vac= Risk of coals still smoldering. Which equals fire.

Be carefuls, I have done each way. if nothing else line the bottom with stron aluminum foils, then just wad it all up and throw away. I have a 9 inch pan with a lip on it that works perfect for me. $5 alt Walmart, its the little all in one Hibachi grill.
Good point about the ashes up and down the walls, i hadn't given that any consideration.
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Also don't forget the beginning of time...in the UDS thread.
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I do agree with Norco. Go back to the tread. But... what I did. I had some thin SS sheet stock, flat, cut it a few in. larger than my basket. It gives good air flow, but be careful when you lift it out!
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Did you see the CL listing I posted for $40 oak barrels in Wood River? May change my plans to build a UDS
Nice. I've seen a few smokers made out of both wiskey and wine barrels. Heard good things. Have to admit I'm tempted to try to make one myself. They're just so damned pretty.

The one thing that I keep worrying about though, is the constant heat drying out the staves and causing them to shrink thus creating big gaps.

AND.. as we all know Gaps = bad. Loss of air intake control, run away temps, over use of fuel....

Still, I really like the look and love the idea.
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Noro, I do agree! But.. what I did. I had some thin SS stock, cut it a few in. larger than my basket and attached it. It's flat does'nt retrist air flow. It's a good ash pan. Just take care as you remove it.
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Yup i Work for a brewery and i can get Wine and Whiskey Barrels for about 50$ a pop im sooo thinkin about making one hehe
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