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Unread 10-25-2010, 08:46 AM   #7036
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Had my maiden voyage this weekend. Went great. First time ever using a smoker and probably 5th time ever even using charcoal. These things are fantastic at holding temps!!

She is Ugly!


But she cooks great Pork!
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Unread 10-25-2010, 09:39 AM   #7037
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My drum is doing fine about being miserly with it's lump, but did get a laugh Sunday morning.

Saturday evening, I smoked some bacon wrapped dove breasts - cooked might be a more operative word, I had the pit running hot. With a full package of bacon on it, the only real smoke was all from all the drippings. I closed up the drum at 7pm or so (except for the fan intake). I know it is sucking a little bit of air through that opening - but as long as the top is pretty tight there is little airflow.

At 4am got up to throw some pork on the drum for lunch. The drum was cold, so I fired up the weed burner. After about 5 seconds, I saw coals. I blasted it a few times to blow off the ash and my fire was lit again for another cooking.

I think I spent less than 5 minutes lighting the pit before the meat was on (great at 4am). The pit held temp w/o any intervention (even a toe kick) till I pulled the pork off at 1pm. Got to love UDS (and a digital thermostat). I think I will be cooking snacks the night before again...
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Unread 10-25-2010, 10:10 AM   #7038
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So I was helping to set up the church rummage sale last week, and look what I came across!


Sears rotisserie by trzarocks, on Flickr

This guy was totally unused - the only thing missing was the instruction booklet. There's a little bit of corrosion on the spit. The "Inspected by" piece of paper in the battery compartment dates it to 1987 and it doesn't have a crease or anything on it. The hardware is still in the baggies.

It seems to me that if God didn't want me to glorify Him by spinning meat around over an open flame, He wouldn't have put this thing in front of me while I was working His rummage sale.

The challenging question is: Does God want me to modify one of my UDS' to take this bad boy, or does He want me to build THIRD drum (the Ugly Drum Rotisserator)?
I built my second one as a UDR.
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Unread 10-25-2010, 03:49 PM   #7039
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Can't find the edit button for my post above so here they are again.
The ugly betty

and her food
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Unread 10-25-2010, 04:06 PM   #7040
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I need some help, Im looking for some latches to latch down my lid it doesn't seem to be closing all the way down and I've tried putting the lid on the drum and hitting it with a rubber mallet but one side of the lid still comes up. It just doesn't get a good seal like it did when I first stated using it, I've also tried bending the drum a lil but still no luck I was thinking if I could find 4 latches I could latch it down I don't know of the right ones I need but I know I've seen some uds's with them so any help would be great thx.
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Unread 10-25-2010, 04:32 PM   #7041
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I need some help, Im looking for some latches to latch down my lid it doesn't seem to be closing all the way down and I've tried putting the lid on the drum and hitting it with a rubber mallet but one side of the lid still comes up. It just doesn't get a good seal like it did when I first stated using it, I've also tried bending the drum a lil but still no luck I was thinking if I could find 4 latches I could latch it down I don't know of the right ones I need but I know I've seen some uds's with them so any help would be great thx.
This latch might work well:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#6082a25 (zinc-plated steel)
http://www.mcmaster.com/#6082a26 (stainless)


It's springy, it looks like it'd be about the right size, and it's load rated at 150 lbs. Should work nicely. Has anyone used this one? EDIT: It looks like a Southco. They make awesome latches.

As for getting your lid to fit right: Have you tried tweaking the lid? Maybe it's warped...

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Unread 10-25-2010, 05:01 PM   #7042
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This latch might work well:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#6082a25 (zinc-plated steel)
http://www.mcmaster.com/#6082a26 (stainless)


It's springy, it looks like it'd be about the right size, and it's load rated at 150 lbs. Should work nicely. Has anyone used this one? EDIT: It looks like a Southco. They make awesome latches.

As for getting your lid to fit right: Have you tried tweaking the lid? Maybe it's warped...

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Thx for the links ill look into those latches as for the lid it looks flat still, when I got my drum it had water half way up it so I had to push it over to get the water out and to be able to move it so I'm almost positive I bent the drum a lil when pushed it over the lid could be a lil warped ill lay it on the porch and bag the crap out of it first and see if it helps.
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Unread 10-25-2010, 06:16 PM   #7043
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Thx for the links ill look into those latches as for the lid it looks flat still, when I got my drum it had water half way up it so I had to push it over to get the water out and to be able to move it so I'm almost positive I bent the drum a lil when pushed it over the lid could be a lil warped ill lay it on the porch and bag the crap out of it first and see if it helps.
I used a hammer and tried to force the lid shut. While leaning over the top I pushed down and cought something that should not of been cought. Newho... Harbor Freight has some cheap latches that work great. They are $4 each and extremely adjustable. Use three or four of them and your worries are gone
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Unread 10-25-2010, 06:44 PM   #7044
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Can't find the edit button for my post above so here they are again.
The ugly betty

and her food
Why oh why is your poor drum in jail????

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Unread 10-25-2010, 06:47 PM   #7045
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Rodney

What kind of paint did you use on your uds in your avatar?

Sure is pretty
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Unread 10-25-2010, 06:53 PM   #7046
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I used a hammer and tried to force the lid shut. While leaning over the top I pushed down and cought something that should not of been cought. Newho... Harbor Freight has some cheap latches that work great. They are $4 each and extremely adjustable. Use three or four of them and your worries are gone
This one?
http://www.harborfreight.com/200-lb-...amp-96237.html

I've seen those used before. I can see how they'd definitely be more adjustable than the ones from McMaster-Carr that I posted. I guess I just like the clean look of the other ones, but installing them just right could be a pain.
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Rodney

What kind of paint did you use on your uds in your avatar?

Sure is pretty
Thanks! The drum is painted with whatever they use at the drum factory... I bought the drum new, unlined. When I bought the lid it had just been stamped from flat steel that morning here at my local drum distributor, and it was bare steel as well... Didn't even have gaskets, so I didn't have to dig 'em out! I shot that with gloss black ~500 degree engine block paint from Home Depot.

I should take another pic of the drum, now that it has handles on it...

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Why oh why is your poor drum in jail????

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Keepin' the kids out, huh? I was tempted to do that, but then I figured it wouldn't get TOO hot and sear fingertips like a Weber can, so it'd be a good way to tell them "see, I told you so!" if they touched it after I told 'em not to. After I realized that it stays so cool that I can *just about* handle the lid bare-handed, I *really* didn't worry.

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Thx for the links ill look into those latches as for the lid it looks flat still, when I got my drum it had water half way up it so I had to push it over to get the water out and to be able to move it so I'm almost positive I bent the drum a lil when pushed it over the lid could be a lil warped ill lay it on the porch and bag the crap out of it first and see if it helps.
If the lid is tweaked, it'd probably work best to rest it across two high points (like bricks) at 12:00 and 6:00 and push gently with your hands at 3:00 and 9:00... it shouldn't take much. If you beat on it too much, you could permanently warp it... Just my $0.02.

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Sadly that has seriously crossed my mind. Not so much the theft part but definitely the grocery cart part. And yeah, I know you can get replacement grates for under $20. The Walmart versoin is usually under $15. I was just trying to find new and creative yet cheap ways that maybe someone has come up with.

I picked up Weber grates for about $9 when they were on clearance. It sounds like Home Depot or Lowes is starting to clear out their stock so you might want to keep an eye on those stores to see what you can come up with.
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