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Old 03-06-2018, 06:28 AM   #16
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If you're looking to place hinges on your drum you can check out this site: http://udsparts.com/hinges-latches.html
The down side is that if you're going as cheap as possible these wreck that idea. However you can get a simple stainless hook at any hardware or big box store for less than $2.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:07 AM   #17
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Do you know if a lower side door for getting to the charcoal would be practical?

it would be practical, but could also introduce air leaks unless you seal it well.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:13 AM   #18
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it would be practical, but could also introduce air leaks unless you seal it well.
Ok fair enough. I assume a basket full of charcoal can go a full 12 or more hours? If not I guess you have to pull the meat, grate and basket to refill.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:21 AM   #19
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As for a side door...I have 3 UDS which I made, each has a coal basket that is made from the Weber Kettle coal grate with 2x4 expanded metal rolled and bolted to make it round. These hold a full bag of lump Charcoal and I can run them for at least 12 hours before I even have to think about adding any fuel.

In the 14 years I've been using my original UDS I've only ran out of fuel on one cook and that was on a HUGE Ham that I got at a butcher shop, had to finish in the oven as it was really too big for my UDS.

This is even running them in -15, so don't over think the UDS, the reason they work, if built right is that they are pretty dummy proof, light the fire in a chimney, pour on your basket, put in your drum, put the cooking grate on, put the meat on, let it cook.

As for the parts, your most expensive part is going to be your thermometer unless you go really cheap, which you can do, I chose to put Tel Tru's on mine though. Enjoy the UDS once you get some Que off of it you will looking at an offset, and then you will be looking at a stick burner. Which this forum and these guys and gals will definitely help you spend some money. This is not the place to come for any type of BBQ addiction treatment, it's the exact opposite!
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You could use a 22.5" grate as the 2nd one by putting it on legs. Here is one that fits on my kettle, but 7" bolts would raise it up to the normal UDS level.
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Ok fair enough. I assume a basket full of charcoal can go a full 12 or more hours? If not I guess you have to pull the meat, grate and basket to refill.
my 12" high, 17" diameter basket full of coals will go 40+ hours at 210 degrees depending on a couple of factors
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Here is a post of a UDS using bolt legs.

https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/s...59&postcount=2
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And here's how N8 did it.
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You want a door in it I'd look at a lava lock door.

https://bbqsmokermods.com/lavalockr-...ds-smoker.html
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You want a door in it I'd look at a lava lock door.

https://bbqsmokermods.com/lavalockr-...ds-smoker.html
that won't fit on a recovery drum, it's curved to fit a 55 gallon

Plus, it doesn't look like you could remove your fire basket through the door, should you ever need to
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that won't fit on a recovery drum, it's curved to fit a 55 gallon
Well crap, I tried!
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24" grates but it has handles...

https://www.amazon.com/Sunnydaze-X-M...dp/B00B02OLDY/
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So I can buy a sheet of expanded for 65.00 bucks locally and build everything I need. Or I can drive 2 hrs one way and get a 25 inch grate for 15 bucks and then find the fire box elsewhere.
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So I can buy a sheet of expanded for 65.00 bucks locally and build everything I need. Or I can drive 2 hrs one way and get a 25 inch grate for 15 bucks and then find the fire box elsewhere.
Try to build it first if you have the supplies. Nothing beats homemade. My trailer looks like chit but I am very proud of it.
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Sounds like a recovery drum? I have one, made my own grates (3) out of expanded metal, made the same sized charcoal basket that i use in a 55 gallon drum, works great. Good Luck.
You have any photos of the grates? Im trying to get an idea of how to make them sturdy out of expanded steel.
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