View Full Version : Cranking Up My First UDS Build, Lid Question

05-22-2015, 09:29 AM
Hi folks, this is the new guy from western NY with another question.

Happened to be in Walmart yesterday for printer ink and I had a brainstorm of looking at the BBQ grills. Good move. They had the Weber 22" grills for $69.00. I recall that ordering the lid alone was about $45.00, plus shipping. So, I now have the lid, plus all the ancillary parts available for my first UDS.

When I got home, I measured the lid, and found that ( inside to inside, ) the lip of the lid is 22 5/8". My drum is 23" on the outside of the ring. Right now, the edge of the lid sits right on the top of the ring of the drum. I think I can bend the lip of the lid out a little and get it to over that ring fairly well. Is there any tried and true way to widen the edge of the lid a touch, other than just attacking it with a pair of pliers and working my way around it? It looks like I need to gain a bit more than 3/8" overall, so that works out to 3/16" on the edge.

.....or should I look around for a different drum. I have to believe that there isn't a lot of consistency in drum dimensions between manufacturers.


05-22-2015, 09:39 AM
Cut the lower section( bowl) on the Weber about 2" below the bead and slip that piece into the drum your Weber lid will fit like a glove.

05-22-2015, 09:42 AM
When that happens some people have put a steel ring around the inside of the drum. Some use the old weber bottom and cut half of it off. Fits in the uds and lid fits perfect.

05-22-2015, 10:17 AM
Okay guys, thanks. That bending routine didn't look promising.

I might go back to Wally's after work and pick up another Weber.