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Unread 05-10-2010, 03:24 PM   #1
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I just bought a new 85 gallon drum. It's a big, beautiful, clean, yellow drum. I can't wait
to get started on it.

I built a 55 gal. UDS a couple years ago so I've got one build already under my built.
For those of you with 85 gal. UDS's, did you use the same basic specs as a regular one?

MY 55 has 3 - 3/4" intakes (one ball valve and two capped), and I used 8 - 1/2" holes in the lid
for the exhaust.

Are these specs ok to use on an 85? I'm not into going mod crazy. I want to stick as close as
possible to an original drum smoker. Do these bigger drums run as good as a 55? I'll get some
pictures up when I'm done, but I also need to order a cooking grate.
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Unread 05-10-2010, 04:20 PM   #2
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Same build, bigger drum.

The yellow ones cook better.
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Very good to hear! Thank you. I hope to have it finished by the weekend.
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Unread 05-10-2010, 09:38 PM   #4
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That is exactly what I did to the bottom of my 85, yellow as a matter of fact. I did put 2 each 2" holes on top for exhaust with pipe instead of the direct holes though. Got 2 Rome123 grates supported by 1/4" x 3" machine bolts. Old weber 18" kettle for the fire, that's what I had available.

This drum is the deal, it's everything it's raved to be. It's amazing... like having electric dials on the intakes for temp control.

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I just bought a new 85 gallon drum. It's a big, beautiful, clean, yellow drum. I can't wait
to get started on it.

I built a 55 gal. UDS a couple years ago so I've got one build already under my built.
For those of you with 85 gal. UDS's, did you use the same basic specs as a regular one?

MY 55 has 3 - 3/4" intakes (one ball valve and two capped), and I used 8 - 1/2" holes in the lid
for the exhaust.

Are these specs ok to use on an 85? I'm not into going mod crazy. I want to stick as close as
possible to an original drum smoker. Do these bigger drums run as good as a 55? I'll get some
pictures up when I'm done, but I also need to order a cooking grate.
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Big Drum Smoker clones are how I roll!









If I get bored with black, I'll paint it yellow and let you know if it cooks any differently. My 85 has four 3/4" intakes and eight 1/2" exhaust vents in the lid. My 55's and 15 have three 3/4" intakes.
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Love my 85 when I need to cook volume.
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