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Unread 09-27-2010, 07:48 PM   #6826
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I am building and the only ash pan I could find was galvanized. Since is is for ash collection only with that be OK?
Zinc melts around 900 deg and vaporizes @1650. Will your ash pan ever reach those temps.........probably not.

Also, some galvanized products contain lead.

I would in all seriousness, stay away from galvanized metal when heat is involved, you just never know.
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Unread 09-27-2010, 08:24 PM   #6827
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In the last pic of your slide show, that appears to be a diffuser of some type. Is that your own creation? I've concidered trying something to help even out the heat, and that looks interesting. Others have said using a diffuser, would cause more fuel use... wondered if you found this to be true???
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Unread 09-27-2010, 08:45 PM   #6828
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Looks like a great idea...especially if you got busy with a grinder and drill to increase airflow and lighten it up a bit. I'm going to whip one up this weekend and will post the results.
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Unread 09-27-2010, 09:17 PM   #6829
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In the last pic of your slide show, that appears to be a diffuser of some type. Is that your own creation? I've concidered trying something to help even out the heat, and that looks interesting. Others have said using a diffuser, would cause more fuel use... wondered if you found this to be true???
Good eye! Yes, thaty was my first prototype and I did smoke some ribs with that diffuser. Heat regulation was not affected and getting the drum up to temp was normal. Didn't notice any more fuel burn but it was just ribs and not a butt.

That diffuser did get the drum temps to balance out to within 15 degrees after 1 1/2 - 2 hours from the center to the sides.

My goal is to get the center and the side to within 10 degrees without choking down the fire and drum ventilation.

Here is my first latest revision, haven't had a chance to try it out yet;

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Unread 09-28-2010, 08:21 AM   #6830
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Have you considered an inverted conical shape? Not sure how this would affect the airflow but it seems logical that if the heat was in the middle and hit a downward pointing cone and then diffuse up towards the outside. Another thing might be to come up with a design where you can have two overlapping plates that could rotate to close to eliminate temp spikes when the lid is off. Are you using a CNC machine or something similar? I wish I had access to such toys. You can also send any "failed" attempts my way
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Unread 09-28-2010, 12:47 PM   #6831
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here is a top pic, i made this coal grate out of expanded steel but a weber smoky joe grate should fit.
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Unread 09-28-2010, 01:09 PM   #6832
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Have you considered an inverted conical shape? Not sure how this would affect the airflow but it seems logical that if the heat was in the middle and hit a downward pointing cone and then diffuse up towards the outside. Another thing might be to come up with a design where you can have two overlapping plates that could rotate to close to eliminate temp spikes when the lid is off. Are you using a CNC machine or something similar? I wish I had access to such toys. You can also send any "failed" attempts my way
This is the basic design for now. I'm going to keep it flat so you can place a water pan on it. I have a few fabrication toys but not a CNC.

This is water jet cut.
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Unread 09-28-2010, 01:39 PM   #6833
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So, here's my no weld eazy clean UDS.
First, the drum.

Next, the burn.

Then the removal of the wicked red liner.

The tools I used.

How I did the bb mod.



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Unread 09-28-2010, 02:13 PM   #6834
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Nice setup you got there chaddie.
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Sweet, thats a nice uds!
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Nice job there Chaddie..
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I have been trying to figure out what is meant by seasoning the UDS. I have seen a couple people say that they used Crisco to season/coat the barrel. Could someone explain to me exactly what is meant by this or the proper way to do it.
Similar to cast iron, grease it up and get it up to temp for an hour or more. Then you are good to go.
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Unread 09-28-2010, 04:50 PM   #6838
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Great idea Chaddie. I think that's how I'll do my XL UDS when I get around to it. Very cool indeed.
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Unread 09-28-2010, 05:29 PM   #6839
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Thanks for the insite about the lead in galvanized pans. I will go for the suggested cheap pizza pan or check the water heater pan.
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Great looking UDS Chaddie!!!!!!!
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