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Unread 03-06-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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I have seen lots of nice looking drum smokers on the forum and I have a question. Lots of them use what looks like the original lid. I know some have the lockable ring but I have 3 drums that do not have the ring and I wondered how to take the lids off without using a torch to cut it. I know it will need to fit tightly and that seems impossible if torched. Is there a way to undo the crimp along the lid to remove it? Maybe my drums are different from most but if I can use them I will. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Unread 03-06-2009, 09:51 AM   #2
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I wouldn't recommend trying to save the lid on a closed drum. If you remove the crimped band the top of the drum will have a very sharp edge and be pretty flimsy. Most folks use a kettle lid for closed drums and just cut the lid inside the crimped ring.



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You can get a drum deheader. Here's one from Grainger, but I think Norco has posted one from another place that's a little cheaper.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/3AY68

Like JD said, you probably should plan on using a weber lid.
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I used my grinder with a cutting wheel to cut the top off, about 1/2 inch below the top. I ground down the sharp edges and took some thick plastic tubing and ran around just to be safe. Unit never got hot enough on the top to melt the plastic. I never found you need a air tight seal to make a UDS run right, so that never bothered me.

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That is a very cool paint job!

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You can get a drum deheader. Here's one from Grainger, but I think Norco has posted one from another place that's a little cheaper.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/3AY68

Like JD said, you probably should plan on using a weber lid.

I have on of these. Works well, but would be expensive just to do one drum. I use mine other than UDS's.
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Thanks J.D., Bentley, and CajunSmoker .The lid remover is too expensive to use 1-2 times. I think I will try to find a drum with the locking ring. I don't have a grinder. I have an electric scrolling saw I use for wood. Would this work with a metal cutting blade if there is such a thing? I may end up getting a Weber lid. Just checking out the possibilities.
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Thanks J.D., Bentley, and CajunSmoker .The lid remover is too expensive to use 1-2 times. I think I will try to find a drum with the locking ring. I don't have a grinder. I have an electric scrolling saw I use for wood. Would this work with a metal cutting blade if there is such a thing? I may end up getting a Weber lid. Just checking out the possibilities.
Yep...it's exactly what I use to cut the lid out of my drums...just drill a pilot hole near the edge...and rock-n-roll!

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Thanks again, J.D. You have really been helpful.
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I used a angle grinder with a cut off wheel and I cut off the lid just below the bead around the top. I rounded off the edge as best I could with the angle grinder, than with a belt sander and then some hand sanding. It worked great.

You can also use a cutoff wheel in a circual saw.
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