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01-01-2013, 11:22 PM
Arrived in America the week before Christmas after selling most of everything we own in New Zealand (including my lovely UDS).

Was poking around the yard of this house we are living in and came across a weber OTS in perfect condition which I will eventually use the lid and what not for a UDS when I get around to building one.

Went to wally world today and purchased a Weber charcoal chimney and some royal oak lump, some steaks and chicken wings along with some Famous Daves BBQ rub.

Lovely weather we have been having in Reno this past week, still snow on the ground so perfect BBQ weather :-)

I cant wait to build my UDS, just have to find a supplier to get my drum.


01-01-2013, 11:26 PM
Welcome to the US! Great lookin' wings. :-D

Pyle's BBQ
01-01-2013, 11:29 PM
Welcome to the States. Was nice of the landlord to leave you equipment.

This is a sealed barrel. Not sure what you are looking for.


01-01-2013, 11:31 PM
Welcome to the USA! The Reno area is a beautiful part of the country.

Wings on the grill is one of my favorite meals, your's look great.

01-01-2013, 11:33 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys :-)

With a sealed top barrel, how do I use that? just cut the lid out and use the weber lid?


Pyle's BBQ
01-01-2013, 11:40 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys :-)

With a sealed top barrel, how do I use that? just cut the lid out and use the weber lid?


If you can't find a barrel with a removable lid, yes. The poster on CL may know where you could get a barrel with a removable lid.

01-01-2013, 11:52 PM
Great to find a BBQ waiting for you.

01-02-2013, 12:02 AM
Welcome to the USA. Nice looking cook!


Sent from my Android phone.

01-02-2013, 12:06 AM
Thanks for the welcome guys :-)

With a sealed top barrel, how do I use that? just cut the lid out and use the weber lid?


Hello and welcome!

Go down to google search at the bottom of the page. Type in ........
"How to adapt Weber kettle lid to UDS??"

It shows you how to adapt the lid to both open or closed top drums. :)

01-02-2013, 04:27 AM
Welcome to the US!

01-02-2013, 07:24 AM
Welcome brother. Food looks good. Good luck on your UDS build.

01-02-2013, 08:04 AM
welcome and good luck on the uds

Big George's BBQ
01-02-2013, 08:35 AM
Welcome Nice looking wings That was a Great find

01-02-2013, 08:48 AM
Thanks for the welcome guys :-)

With a sealed top barrel, how do I use that? just cut the lid out and use the weber lid?


I read on here if you flip it over and cut out the bottom the weber lid fits perfect, never tried it though.

01-02-2013, 08:59 AM
Welcome to der Ooo Ess Ah! Auspicious find I think. Nice cook!

Oh, and say hello to Lieutenant Dangle!

Mason Dixon Bowhunta
01-02-2013, 11:32 AM
If you are looking for a barrel you might call scrap yards in your area. The one near my house usually has tons of barrels for sale for $10 each.

01-02-2013, 11:52 AM
Welcome to the states, your off to a good start!

01-02-2013, 11:57 AM
Welcome and you cant beat finding a weber at your new place.

North Is Up
01-02-2013, 12:12 PM
Howdy, neighbor. I'm just across the border in California.

I see these drums for sale, but they may be a little big:

Another more reasonable option is this:
Fallon is probably around 40-50 miles from you.

01-02-2013, 12:47 PM
Nice find, and welcome to America. You got here just in time for a nasty storm.


01-02-2013, 11:08 PM
I emailed the guy from craigs list, he called me tonight.

For $20 I can get a sealed barrel in good condition + $10 for him to do a perfect cut around the bead.
For $50 I can get a barrel with removable lid.

I am going to go pick it up tomorrow afternoon and bring the weber lid with me.
I am going to see how it fits if I flip the barrel, if that fits good then I will get him to remove the bottom not the top.

Apparently the barrels are bare metal inside and not lined :-D

Pyle's BBQ
01-02-2013, 11:23 PM
Good luck.

We now expect pictures of the build.:clap:

01-03-2013, 12:36 AM
Welcome to the states! Lookin forward to seeing that UDS.

01-03-2013, 01:07 AM
Thanks guys :-)

This UDS should be a pretty sweet one; the one I built in New Zealand was pretty nice but I was unable to get the items I needed to give it that special touch.

This is my previous build which I sold.


01-03-2013, 01:25 AM
Welcome to the USA my brother!

01-03-2013, 05:14 PM
Went to take a look at the barrel in question today along with my weber kettle lid.

Lid didnt fit on top OR on the bottom BUT we came up with another solution and is to cut the lid off the top leaving the barrel bead and welding an 1" strip of steel all the way around and then fitting the lid to that. I will also beable to use gasket rope or something similar to get a perfect seal.

All up is costing me $120 including barrel, parts and labor.

Since the inside of the barrel is bare metal and not epoxy I do not mind paying this amount considering my kettle lid will fit AND I dont need to waste tons of time burning and sanding the epoxy off.

I will post photos of the construction when I get the barrel back on Monday.

01-03-2013, 07:09 PM
Welcome to the US from this fellow in the center of this land. I can't imagine sucha big move, one where you must sell everything you own. Glad you found an extremely useful cooker like that for free upon arrival!:thumb:

Looking forward to the UDS progress.

North Is Up
01-03-2013, 07:55 PM
If I may offer a local shopping tip to you. The best place to reliably find bone-in pork butts and 12# plus briskets is at Smart and Final on Plumb Lane. Everything else is best bought at other places. If you know of a better place, please let me know. I'm new to the "Q". Thanks.

01-03-2013, 08:03 PM
This is my previous build which I sold.


Welcome to the US and BBQ Brethren. I'm pretty ignorant of what makes a good UDS but I think the beer bottle opener is a really nice touch! :thumb:

01-03-2013, 08:09 PM
Welcome to the USA and it looks like your off to a good start!


Happy Hapgood
01-03-2013, 08:12 PM
Welcome! You know drain whirlpools in the tub flow in the opposite direction around here. :mod: :biggrin1:

01-03-2013, 08:16 PM

From South Texas


01-03-2013, 11:26 PM
Welcome to America! Nice of the landlord to leave you an OTS! Great way to start!

01-04-2013, 02:34 AM
I cant wait to start cooking on the UDS, ribs were so expensive to buy in New Zealand so I only cooked them occasionally, could not afford pork butt in NZ or Brisket so I am going to have a ton of fun :-D