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Unread 03-18-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default Going to retire a drum, any ideas?

My first drum. I cut the lip off to try to fit a Kettle top. Well the cut was a little off, the drum and the kettle lid are a little out of round, and have been since the start. Trying to get it right has been nothing but chasing my tail, and several attempts to get it right have proved fruitless.
I put on the lid one time and it have a nice seal. Next time, it has a little leak and it spikes. Next time it gets a perfect seal and chokes.

I have sanded the top of the lid down to the point that the first "rib" of the drum is coming into play and the top will no longer fit if I sand any more.

So I am going to remove the guts and move on to another. I think the drum "knows", its sulking.

Any ideas before I do the deed?
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Unread 03-18-2009, 01:09 PM   #2
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You gave it a shot, move on to a newer drum and you'll enjoy the smoker much more with a good seal!
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make a burn barrel out of it..lol

cut the barrel into sections and use as extention rings on your next UDS
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make a burn barrel out of it..lol

cut the barrel into sections and use as extention rings on your next UDS
Hmmmmmmmmmm.....(gears in head turning, grinding noises, smoke from ears)
I have another drum. Its a flat top and it rocks, but I really want to get the kettle top right. I have an old kettle bottom to steal the lip from (more grinding sounds, hmmmmmm)
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make a burn barrel out of it..lol

cut the barrel into sections and use as extention rings on your next UDS

That's exactly what I did with my first one
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That's exactly what I did with my first one
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Paint the old one green. Put a 55 gallon plastic bag in it and drop it off at a Park's parking lot.
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Turn it upside down and try again
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Weld the lid on, and cut it open to turn it into a grill.
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Try his mod, buy cutting the top 2 inches of the bottom have of a Weber kettle. I did the same thing and it worked for me.
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Will a Keg fit in it?
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Maybe a MINI UDS?????
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It is hard to get a good seal with a kettle lid. I say keep that barrel for parts and start over...
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Fark the kettle idea, use the bottom portion of the old one and a regular lid as a lid for the new one. Make a flat top lid.
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