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grilling24x7
01-21-2013, 11:17 AM
First off, big thanks to all the guys who chimed in with great ideas and advice for how to do this. Amazing!

I had a blast doing it and I can't wait to fire it up (probably next weekend). I guess I'll coat the inside with PAM, light it up and maybe toss a naked fatty on there.

Here's some details:
New unlined drum. This is a pure steel drum with no liner. I attempted to use a propane torch to take the paint off. I started with the lid. I ended up warping the lid. This caused so much panic and pissed-off-ness that I decided to keep the black paint from the new drum on the sides. I bent the lid back to proper form and decided to paint it purple. 45 inches of expanded steel bent into a circle and attached to a charcoal grate with U-bolts. I have 1 cooking grate at 7 inches below the top and I have another option for a grate 16 inches off the bottom of the smoker. This can allow for a diffuser or a water pan down the road. Obvious bottle opener and cheapo thermometer mounted in the side. I'll be doing accurate temperature readings through one of the 1 inch holes on the top with a digital probes. I got a small circular piece of wood from a big box store and stained and sealed it black. Mounted it to the side with cheap right angle brackets. Standard air intakes and 1 ball valve for temp control.

There we go! The official Grilling24x7 UDS is complete!!!! Can't wait to get a big packer brisket!

Puckstopper
01-21-2013, 11:25 AM
Looks good. like the purple lid!

1911Ron
01-21-2013, 11:35 AM
Only one problem, it looks to clean:loco::becky: Seriously it looks good and like the table idea.

grilling24x7
01-21-2013, 11:39 AM
Only one problem, it looks to clean:loco::becky: Seriously it looks good and like the table idea.

I know! Not very ugly. I'll work on that with some pork fat!

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ
01-21-2013, 11:39 AM
Great looking drum! You're gonna love cooking on it.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
01-21-2013, 11:40 AM
Great looking drum pit there. Congratulations

caliking
01-21-2013, 11:41 AM
Time to put some ugly on it! That's a sweet lookin drum - and greatidea for the side table.

Bludawg
01-21-2013, 11:46 AM
DIggin that Purple Haze Lid! ("poor choice of words" From a drug fueled youth.) "Purple Haze" & "Lid" :roll:

DadDoolz
01-21-2013, 11:49 AM
Is that a bottle opener on the side... :wink: if so That is awesome add on...:clap: Everyone should have one. lol

plakers
01-21-2013, 11:54 AM
Great looking drum, they look better with TBS creeping out the vents.

I would recommend keeping eyes sharp for a Weber lid as I really like the extra heigth and clearance.

ITBFQ
01-21-2013, 11:55 AM
That UDS looks awesome! Nice work, man! I think I need to make myself one of these.

Skidder
01-21-2013, 11:55 AM
Very nice I'm on #16. But oh I remember my first.......UDS that is!

grilling24x7
01-21-2013, 11:58 AM
Great looking drum, they look better with TBS creeping out the vents.

I would recommend keeping eyes sharp for a Weber lid as I really like the extra heigth and clearance.

I tested my Weber lid (22 in performer) and it was too small. So that's why I decided against doing another cooking grate 1 inch from the top.

N8man
01-21-2013, 11:59 AM
Congratulations on the Birth of your shiny new DrumPit.....

now.....git 'er dirty!!!!

Garyclaw
01-21-2013, 11:59 AM
Nice work! You're going to love that thing.

Smith's Pig Pen
01-21-2013, 12:06 PM
Like the purple. Enjoy. We love ours. What's your first cook gonna be?

jorrflv
01-21-2013, 12:10 PM
That is exactly (almost) how I constructed my basket.

74769

Mrpotamus
01-21-2013, 12:18 PM
I tested my Weber lid (22 in performer) and it was too small. So that's why I decided against doing another cooking grate 1 inch from the top.

I had the same problem on my recent UDS build. I got a piece of aluminum stock from Lowes, it was 1.5 inches by 72 inches, so it fit around with a little bit of overlap. I attached it to the screws that hold my top cooking grate and it protruded from the top by about a half inch. That holds the 22.5" lid perfectly. I would suggest you try. Having the extra cooking space is very much worth the extra work.

Q*bert
01-21-2013, 01:19 PM
Looks Great!! Mine's black & purple too. Def going to get one of those Ravens bottle openers for mine. I've got ribs in today to celebrate. Can't wait for the Super Bowl!!:bounce:

Oldbob
01-21-2013, 01:23 PM
Great Job !!

grilling24x7
01-21-2013, 04:00 PM
That is exactly (almost) how I constructed my basket.

74769

I like that handle! what is that made of?

grilling24x7
01-21-2013, 04:01 PM
Like the purple. Enjoy. We love ours. What's your first cook gonna be?

Not sure. Maybe a couple of rib slabs or a butt.

J-Rod
01-21-2013, 05:57 PM
Congrats man! You now have what is in my opinion one of the best smokers in the world! You'll love it man!

Johnny_Crunch
01-21-2013, 06:14 PM
Congrats! Nice cooker!

Mason Dixon Bowhunta
01-21-2013, 06:37 PM
That is a sweet looking drum. Love the Ravens colors!

funman1
01-22-2013, 12:32 AM
Congrats, nothing like makin your own smoker!!

grilling24x7
01-22-2013, 08:02 AM
I almost forgot - we built two smokers. My buddy did an Orioles theme. No shelf or bottle opener for this one. It's basic.

He lit it yesterday and seasoned it. My buddy is a newbie when it comes to smoking and on his own he got it set up and ran it to about 250 degrees for about 7 hours. That's great news! These things must be easy to control.

PaPaQ
01-22-2013, 09:02 AM
Nice looking Drums!:clap:

skikid00
01-22-2013, 10:13 AM
Nice looking smokers. I need to get me one of those. Where do you folks find the drums? Craigslist?

JimF
01-22-2013, 11:34 AM
Well done