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BBQClyde
07-16-2012, 09:58 AM
So i'm building my first UDS and have ran into an issue. I am sure its been solved on here but i can't seem to find the answer. I picked up a wally world 22.5" kettle grill to use for various parts, including the lid. The lid will not fit over the rolled lip on the top of the drum. Is the solution to just cut off the lip on the drum or ?

dddouglas
07-16-2012, 10:14 AM
Barrel mod like this (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=130329)might help.

hamiltont
07-16-2012, 10:17 AM
If you cut the rolled lip off you'll compromise the rigidity it provides.. I added a section of flat aluminium to the inside of my drum so the lid would fit. It fits real tight. Here's a pic. Cheers!!!

http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k566/tjhamilton/BBQ/UDS%20Build%202012/DSCN2877.jpg

PorkQPine
07-16-2012, 10:21 AM
Take vicegrips and gradually open up the lip of the weber lid until it fits. Go slow and easy and it works great. Once it fits then take a piece of wood and move it around the edge and hammer the lip down a little so it fits better. I don't have any problems with mine.

BBQClyde
07-16-2012, 10:24 AM
Thanks for all the answers guys. I like the idea of the rolled aluminum strip as well as using vice grips to open up the lid. Really the only reason i want to use the dome lid is for space for my rib rack. I generally cook 3 racks of ribs at a time and dont think 3 will fit flat on the grate. I think i'd have to stand them up on a rack for that.

DaveMW
07-16-2012, 10:34 AM
Barrel mod like this (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=130329)might help.

This is what I did and it works great.

JMSetzler
07-16-2012, 12:13 PM
I wouldn't recommend modifying the lid... The aluminum add-on works very nicely :)

Pappy
07-16-2012, 12:38 PM
When you bent the lip, it will chip to paint off.

SewnMouthGuitar
07-16-2012, 01:36 PM
I also did the rolled aluminum on mine, and use some foil and the lock ring to get a nice seal. No hardware though, as I cut it exact and it actually wedges itself end to end where it meets. If you can go that route, I highly recommend it as it makes it easy to bounce between lids depending on the cook. I have found that the drum just seems to cook better with the original lid, but sometimes there is the convenience of the added head room and maybe I am just needing some more time to adjust. Definitely cooks different in my opinion anyway.

BBQClyde
07-16-2012, 01:46 PM
My only reason for wanting the kettle lid as opposed to the flat lid is more room for food.
I'll probably never use more than 1 rack, but when i do ribs i usually cook 3-5 racks at a time. I see no way that 3 racks would lay flat on 1 cooking grate. i'm wanting the head room to use my rib rack to stand them up. I guess i could always just lower my cooking grate to about 5" as opposed 1 3/4" and use the rib rack that way?

expatpig
07-16-2012, 03:16 PM
Elcheapo Wal-Mart kettle bottom bolted to a cut out flatlid, sealed with Permatex HighTemp Silicone.

expatpig
07-16-2012, 03:19 PM
I wouldn't recommend modifying the lid... The aluminum add-on works very nicely :)
Yes it does, I used JM's idea on one of mine.:clap2:

BBQClyde
07-19-2012, 10:35 AM
Would this Zinc bar work or is it bad to use zinc? I was looking at this simply because its half the price of aluminum and already has some holes to bolt it into the drum.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183490/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=aluminum+flat+bar&storeId=10051

caliking
07-19-2012, 10:57 AM
Ran in to this issue with my first drum. Flipped it over, and the lid fit perfectly. Also, I can usually fit 3 STL racks of spares on my drum. Its a tight fit, but they fit.

thoraudio
07-19-2012, 11:08 AM
beat to fit, paint to match.

MisterChrister
07-19-2012, 11:14 AM
Would this Zinc bar work or is it bad to use zinc? I was looking at this simply because its half the price of aluminum and already has some holes to bolt it into the drum.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183490/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=aluminum+flat+bar&storeId=10051

Do NOT use zinc/galvanized, it has lead in it. Only use stainless steel nuts/bolts/washers as well.

NeoTrout
07-19-2012, 11:50 AM
I found an old "Copper Mist" kettle at a garage sale. $3. The lid was minty, the bowl, not so much. I cut the top of the bowl off about an inch down, attached some stove gasket all around and smooshed it in the drum. Fits like a glove. :clap2::clap2::clap2:

http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd490/NeoTrout/P6180054.jpg

http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd490/NeoTrout/P6180050.jpg

fedex
07-20-2012, 04:35 AM
Thanks for all the answers guys. I like the idea of the rolled aluminum strip as well as using vice grips to open up the lid. Really the only reason i want to use the dome lid is for space for my rib rack. I generally cook 3 racks of ribs at a time and dont think 3 will fit flat on the grate. I think i'd have to stand them up on a rack for that.

3 Racks of St.Louis style Ribs fits easy in the UDS.