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Unread 12-03-2009, 09:55 AM   #1
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Default UDS Lid (Bottom of Weber grill)

When we did our build BIL had a couple bottoms of Weber 22.5 grills left over from previous builds. We decided to weld this to the lid of the drum and cutout the lid with a sawzall creating a rim that fits perfectly.

It was a "pretty close" fit, and to make it perfect I needed to slightly bend out the rolled rim on the grill, but it wasn't too much. We tested several lids before we found one that fit both the drum and the grill.

We didn't take photos during the build, but here's some detail shots of the finished lid. Let me know if there are other shots you'd like to see and I'll try to get them up.
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Unread 12-03-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Nice!
Thanks for the show and tell!
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Unread 12-03-2009, 09:58 AM   #3
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Nice work!

Like how you even flipped the handles on the old kettle bottom!
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Unread 12-03-2009, 10:00 AM   #4
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Yeah, we took the handle off to paint and it just made sense. Also forgot to mention that we cut the leg supports off with an angle grinder.
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I see. So you welded the Weber bottom to the ring cut out of the drum lid? Makes sense to me. The drum lid is already a perfect fit to the drum so then just weld the lid to it. Very nice. How did you go about removing the porcelain coating so the that welds would stick?
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A flap disk on a grinder will remove the coating
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I see. So you welded the Weber bottom to the ring cut out of the drum lid? Makes sense to me. The drum lid is already a perfect fit to the drum so then just weld the lid to it. Very nice. How did you go about removing the porcelain coating so the that welds would stick?
We just used the angle grinder to get metal on metal the entire way around. Also, we cutout the lid AFTER the weld. I think it would have been very difficult to cutout before welding. We used the shortest blade we could find on the sawzall to avoid hitting the side of the dome.
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Awesome! Thanks. One question? What is that white stuff? It's everywhere roofs, smoker, and ground.....
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Unread 12-03-2009, 10:07 AM   #9
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this thing kicks up A LOT of ash :) just kidding

It's been snowing here off and on the last couple of days...
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Very nice! More room under dome is great and air vents are perfect.
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Waiting to cut the lid out till the end will probably save on warping during the welding process too. While I don't have an extra Weber bottom, I do have an extra lid I have beens saving. I think I'm gonna use this technique but with a Weber lid instead. Makes perfect sense and makes for one perfect, airtight fit.

Thanks for the pics and tutorial. Now all I need is another drum.

Hmm, so let's say a person can't weld or doesn't have access to a welder etc, do you all think JB Weld would work and hold as an alternative?
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I'm not sure, never used JB Weld. I'm sure someone out there has more experience with this than me.
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Unread 12-04-2009, 09:09 PM   #13
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Sweet mod. I need me some similar mod parts. Oh. And to learn how to weld.
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Unread 12-04-2009, 09:24 PM   #14
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A coworker asked me if simply soldering the pipe nipples i the intake holes would be enough? Sounds interesting is you used lead-free solder, but would there be enough surface contact for that to be secure?
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Looks good, great idea for a lid with left over parts!!
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