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Unread 04-19-2008, 05:06 PM   #1036
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I took closed drum and took both ends off
then I use two lids from open head drums to form the top and bottom

the ring binders seal them up tight and i can take the drum tube off as needed for cleaning , fuel issues and such
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Unread 04-20-2008, 02:41 PM   #1037
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Nice job, HL&S! My next go, I may do the same. I built my first last weekend and can't get over how long a basket of lump lasts. I decided to let it burn itself out last night and it had other ideas about it. After burning for over 24 hrs at 230, it is still holding steady! One thing I haven't figured out, the bark on my meat isn't quite what it was on my offset. It doesn't get hard and crusty, but stays soft and moist. I have also noticed when I pull the lid to turn the meat that there is quite a bit of condensate on the bottom of the lid. Anybody else have similar things?
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Unread 04-20-2008, 03:04 PM   #1038
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I went with 8 1/2 holes in the top and find the same issues

I placed them further in than many to try to even out the anticipated grill level temperature differences, so they are in a 12 inch centered circle pattern. but I'm considering making them bigger, perhaps up to 3/4 inch to get less exhaust restriction with I think may be the cause of the condensate
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I don't mind it at all as it only means there is more moisture inside the drum and I think thats a good thing.
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I thought about that, Dr_KY, but it is dripping on the meat and it appears to be a mixture of water, soot and maybe even some creosote. I tasted it and it has a sour/acrid/bitter flavor. ???
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Big Mista has a door on his are you thinking of going with a slider?
Haven't thought about a slider...probably a bottom or side hinged.
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Nice job, HL&S! My next go, I may do the same. I built my first last weekend and can't get over how long a basket of lump lasts. I decided to let it burn itself out last night and it had other ideas about it. After burning for over 24 hrs at 230, it is still holding steady! One thing I haven't figured out, the bark on my meat isn't quite what it was on my offset. It doesn't get hard and crusty, but stays soft and moist. I have also noticed when I pull the lid to turn the meat that there is quite a bit of condensate on the bottom of the lid. Anybody else have similar things?

Yep...had her loaded to the gills with 5 dozen chicken thighs on two racks last week and it was runnin down all sides!

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I've been thinkin'...has anyone tried putting an access panel on their drums...ala WSM? It would have helped a lot last weekend when I was having' issues burning lump in my briq basket. I've got a few more drums laying around I can chop up...I think I'll come up with a sketch and see what you guys think.
Only prob i see is that the door has to be airtite, hard to do, for any air leakage will negate the long, controlled burn time we are able to achieve.

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Nice job, HL&S! My next go, I may do the same. I built my first last weekend and can't get over how long a basket of lump lasts. I decided to let it burn itself out last night and it had other ideas about it. After burning for over 24 hrs at 230, it is still holding steady! One thing I haven't figured out, the bark on my meat isn't quite what it was on my offset. It doesn't get hard and crusty, but stays soft and moist. I have also noticed when I pull the lid to turn the meat that there is quite a bit of condensate on the bottom of the lid. Anybody else have similar things?
What are you using for an exhaust?
Are you burning to much wood or getting "bad" smoke?
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I've been thinkin'...has anyone tried putting an access panel on their drums...ala WSM? It would have helped a lot last weekend when I was having' issues burning lump in my briq basket. I've got a few more drums laying around I can chop up...I think I'll come up with a sketch and see what you guys think.

Yes air tight is the issue on thin gage with a curve , if you have a roller and some trial and error time I'm sure you can get the metal matched up but then you will need to work out a way to fasten it and make it easy to operate as well

thats why I chose the open bottom the seal is air tight! I got a 35 hour burn with 12 lbs of kingsford, could have gone longer but i wanted to clear the ash and cook more
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I've been thinkin'...has anyone tried putting an access panel on their drums...ala WSM? It would have helped a lot last weekend when I was having' issues burning lump in my briq basket. I've got a few more drums laying around I can chop up...I think I'll come up with a sketch and see what you guys think.
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Yes air tight is the issue on thin gage with a curve , if you have a roller and some trial and error time I'm sure you can get the metal matched up but then you will need to work out a way to fasten it and make it easy to operate as well

No worries matching the curve...I've got plenty of identical drums to play with.

thats why I chose the open bottom the seal is air tight! I got a 35 hour burn with 12 lbs of kingsford, could have gone longer but i wanted to clear the ash and cook more
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JD you were right as usual that basket STILL needs more holes. I may just cut most of the bottom our and use a grate.
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JD you were right as usual that basket STILL needs more holes. I may just cut most of the bottom our and use a grate.
That's my plan as well...eventually. I rarely use lump in the drum and the basket (as is) works great for Kingsford briqs.
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I was cutting holes into it today and put a small load of lump in and had shake it several times. I usually use a mixture of both with the other basket and it runs fine.
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Ok, Started on Drums 2 and 3. Burned them out really well, but went to use the wire brush on the angle grinder and it sounded like thunder. Would drilling the holes into the bottom make it quieter?

Bought 1 inch pipe but forgot to get the 1 1/8" stepdown so tried to cut out the holes with the torch. That was a mistake, or I need to put on a smaller torch tip....

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