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Unread 06-13-2008, 08:14 AM   #76
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Tighten like this (Primitive Pete mod.)
You are just locking them in not pounding home.




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This is the smallest drum smoker I've ever seen.
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Unread 06-13-2008, 08:50 AM   #77
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Ok guys, here's almost my last question. Does anyone have a clear picture of the "holed" approach on their standard lid? I'm shrinking the cost of the UDS class by the minute and this is one of the last things I need to look at.
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Unread 06-13-2008, 11:02 AM   #78
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Ok guys, here's almost my last question. Does anyone have a clear picture of the "holed" approach on their standard lid? I'm shrinking the cost of the UDS class by the minute and this is one of the last things I need to look at.
You mean this one?

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That sure looks familiar
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You mean this one?

I thought UDS's where supposed to be simple?
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I think N8man did his best to simplify it from the original.

Life itself is complex.
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ChineseBob, I think they are trying to say 8 holes out near the outside edge of the lid.
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I think N8man did his best to simplify it from the original.

Life itself is complex.
I was torn between the Alignments of either Pig or Ram to True Magnetic North. Which would best guide me in my Quest to the Mysterious Yin and Yang of the Sweet Blue?
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N8man, I hope you feel the love from Utah baby, that template helped me so much!!! I went and had it blown up and then laminated and have now used it on four drums. Thanks again
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N8man, I hope you feel the love from Utah baby, that template helped me so much!!! I went and had it blown up and then laminated and have now used it on four drums. Thanks again
Not Meaning to Hijack Norco's Thread but Thanks Bro. That's why I Shared it in the First Place, Brother Helping Brother in Our Search For The Sweet Blue Truth. The Unity of the Brethren Collective, One's Knowledge Shared Becomes One's Insight Gained.
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Divide drum into 3 sections





Layout grill holes.
I chose 1 3/4"" and 8" from top. You should assess the drum you are using.



Layout Intake holes.
I chose 2" from bottom.



Layout Gauge hole.
I chose 9" (1" below lower rack)



Centerpunch marks.



Drill pilot holes.







Drill holes for Intake nipples
I use 1" which lets you thread 3/4" nipple (clean round hole)







Drill out holes for Grate supports
I am going to use 1/4" bolts. I use Unibit to get clean holes in thin metal.





Open up hole for gauge.
I use 3/4" hole which is a tight fit for a 1/2" pipe thread.





Thread in 3/4" close nipples
I use cap to protect threads and screw in as far as possible.
This link will show alternative to welding nipples.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...2&postcount=40



Weld in Nipples





Install 3/4" ball valve.


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Install grate supports.
I use this set up. I go hex head in. It seems to keep grate from slipping off when setting in. Also nice when you spin grate.
I use 1 3/4" for top and 2" for bottom.





Install gauge.
Again use conduit nut that comes with gauge to lock in.






Add Handles (optional)
I got these at Home Depot in the Hardware isle by garage door section. Little tip pre-bend ears with pliers past radius of drum so they will bend and hug drum when tightened.



Making Charcoal basket
This is the toughest part. I start with a replacement charcoal grate from a 18.5" weber kettle. I purchased at Home Depot



This is a view of legs. I chose 1/2" bolts 3 1/2" long. I use 2 washers and 2 nuts to capture grate.


I use a piece of 3/4 #9 expanded metal 8" wide X 44" long.



I pre bend it.








Attach it to weber grate. I welded but you can use wire and twist and bolt where overlaps.


Here is it complete


Reworking Lid
The last part would be to drill 8ea. 1/2" holes equally spaced in flat lid. I am using Weber Kettle lids so I am providing pic. of first UDS I built. Some lids have a 2" threaded bung opening that people have threaded pipe intoto make a smoke stack. Here is a link to examples.



Now only thing missing is a couple of 22" Weber grills and you are ready to cook.

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I'm giddy with anticipation. What's next?
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Is it done yet...is it done yet...is it done yet...??? Good job Norco...
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This pictorial tribute to the basic Ugly Drum Smoker construction, as executed by one of the Brethren master craftsmen is outstanding!

Armed with Norcoredneck's pictorial guide and and N8man's layout diagram. ANYONE wishing to build their first drum should have no problem achieving success

First time builders should heed the words - keep it simple

Consider that for a small investment in time and money, you will produce a fine smoker!

These literally can be built and used the same day.
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Again, an Excellent Tutorial!!! Now, We need to see that Bad Boy Fired Up and Smoking, Please.
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