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smoke ninja
12-12-2015, 08:43 PM
The concept is simple. The possibilities are endless.

Get a drum.
Mod a rotisserie to it.
Burn wood splits in the bottom.

Anything imaginable can be fire roasted in a fraction of the time with very little effort.

Heres some 99 minute ribs.

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151211_211032_zpscquxgfvl.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151211_211032_zpscquxgfvl.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151211_211314_zpsq05bxy1g.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151211_211314_zpsq05bxy1g.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151211_211919_zpsxwrztss3.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151211_211919_zpsxwrztss3.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151204_210748_zpsrythlhbk.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151204_210748_zpsrythlhbk.jpg.html)


While ribs in an hour and a half is great and all the wood fired roto drum truly shines on poultry.

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151205_211829_zpssqehhjfe.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151205_211829_zpssqehhjfe.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151205_213434_zpslzfuitmg.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151205_213434_zpslzfuitmg.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151206_145857_zpsiclknxlu.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151206_145857_zpsiclknxlu.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151212_194157_zpslh5smtfs.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151212_194157_zpslh5smtfs.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151212_200532_zpsz33iftit.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151212_200532_zpsz33iftit.jpg.html)


I know im not the only one who has one...

...what interesting things have you done on yours?

pjtexas1
12-12-2015, 08:51 PM
Leave me alone!!! I don't need another cooker:laugh:

ShencoSmoke
12-12-2015, 09:00 PM
Oh you know I'm in... Although it's been neglected lately. Come to think of it I never cook at home anymore, pretty sad actually.
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smoke ninja
12-12-2015, 09:02 PM
Leave me alone!!! I don't need another cooker:laugh:

:boink:

smoke ninja
12-12-2015, 09:05 PM
Oh you know I'm in... Although it's been neglected lately. Come to think of it I never cook at home anymore, pretty sad actually.
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When you do something for a living it gets neglected at home.

An electrician has a burnt out light
The landscapers grass is long
The roofers shingles are missing
Chefs go out to eat

One more reason not to marry a hooker.

Fwismoker
12-12-2015, 09:11 PM
Off the top of my head I've done brisket, ribs,rib tips, stuffed burgers, chicken burgers, pork chops, pork steaks, brats, hotdogs, chicken drums, chicken thighs, and fried chicken, quarters, wings (OMG), chuck roast, all kinds of veggies. lots more too

OMG how can i forget hanging corn on the cob and baked potatoes! Best easiest corn and taters you've ever had.

Fwismoker
12-12-2015, 09:27 PM
Love rib tips... sooo tasty.

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1030640_zpspgj9bf0r.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1030640_zpspgj9bf0r.jpg.html)

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1030643_zpslni5jo2v.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1030643_zpslni5jo2v.jpg.html)

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1030645_zpsprzxynug.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1030645_zpsprzxynug.jpg.html)



This first batch of fried (egg wash ...the whole bit) chicken was pretty darn tasty.

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1030274_zpsjchz92mj.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1030274_zpsjchz92mj.jpg.html)

Roguejim
12-12-2015, 09:28 PM
Alright already! My UDS will be fabricated using the Big Poppa kit. Is there a good reason why I shouldn't just drill holes near the top of my drum for a roti, and hanging meat, rather than hassling with trying to find, and cut a steel ring?

Fwismoker
12-12-2015, 09:32 PM
Alright already! My UDS will be fabricated using the Big Poppa kit. Is there a good reason why I shouldn't just drill holes near the top of my drum for a roti, and hanging meat, rather than hassling with trying to find, and cut a steel ring?


I'd do a separate drum for this....too much to get into now but just trust me, Have your BP drum and keep the roti separate. You'll want your BPoppa to be as airtight as possible anyway.

Roguejim
12-13-2015, 03:20 AM
I'd do a separate drum for this....too much to get into now but just trust me, Have your BP drum and keep the roti separate. You'll want your BPoppa to be as airtight as possible anyway.


Hold on, now. Your BP drum has the ring with rebar holes in it. You don't use it for your roti, too? Now I'm confused.:confused:

ebijack
12-13-2015, 04:51 AM
If you have a roto laying around and can get a nice clean drum cheap, you don't need the Weber. Just cut the slots, mount the motor etc. Use your other drum coal basket with wood, no lid and your good to go. Shutting down the fire won't be quick as you will have the air leaks from the slotted holes when the lid is put back on.
If you don't have the room for extra drums, use the Weber roto on your drum to cook, remove and shut down is good. If that makes sense.

Grumpy the Elder
12-13-2015, 06:33 AM
I have a universal roti with mounting plates that I attached to the top of my UDS. They have a "step out" to them which allows me to fit my top on tightly when I use it as a UDS. Don't know how to post pictures yet, but I'll get my 8 year old grandson to show me. He knows more about computers than I do about cooking.

4ever3
12-13-2015, 06:40 AM
http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151205_211829_zpssqehhjfe.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151205_211829_zpssqehhjfe.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151205_213434_zpslzfuitmg.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151205_213434_zpslzfuitmg.jpg.html)

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/wood%20fired%20drum/20151206_145857_zpsiclknxlu.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/wood%20fired%20drum/20151206_145857_zpsiclknxlu.jpg.html)


Good LORD man look at THAT!!

frognot
12-13-2015, 06:57 AM
Leave me alone!!! I don't need another cooker:laugh:

Paul, get one and send your Shirley up north to me. Problem solved.

lkissell
12-13-2015, 08:18 AM
Smoke Ninja and Fwismoker,

Any chance you would share your recipe / technique for producing the rotisserie chicken and the "fried" chicken? Both look delicious, and I'm just starting out with my bird barrel, so any advice is appreciated.

Thanks!

dwfisk
12-13-2015, 08:32 AM
Over the next couple weeks I'll be making a few (requested) accessories for a bird barrel/drum.

Just wondering if a bolt-on fuel feed door might be helpful for adding splits! Looking at the bottom bead on my drums and the lowest rib formed into the drum wall I'm thinking it would be pretty simple to make an 8"-10" high door; enough for adding splits during a cook. Any thoughts?

ShencoSmoke
12-13-2015, 08:43 AM
Over the next couple weeks I'll be making a few (requested) accessories for a bird barrel/drum.

Just wondering if a bolt-on fuel feed door might be helpful for adding splits! Looking at the bottom bead on my drums and the lowest rib formed into the drum wall I'm thinking it would be pretty simple to make an 8"-10" high door; enough for adding splits during a cook. Any thoughts?

It would allow for more precision when loading a split. Right now I basically toss the split on and it is hard to adjust once it lands.

Fwismoker
12-13-2015, 08:53 AM
Hold on, now. Your BP drum has the ring with rebar holes in it. You don't use it for your roti, too? Now I'm confused.:confused: Yea I hang with the BP because I have the ring though. I'd go ahead and drill holes for your hanging if you have something like magnets or corks to plug the holes.

The roti I'd suggest the notch channel and hole for the rotisserie which is part of the reason i'd suggest a separate drum, also the heat from burning splits can fark up your paint on a good looking BP drum.

I toyed around with the idea of having an all in one UDS but am really happy having the wood burner roti separate has been nice.


Smoke Ninja and Fwismoker,

Any chance you would share your recipe / technique for producing the rotisserie chicken and the "fried" chicken? Both look delicious, and I'm just starting out with my bird barrel, so any advice is appreciated.

Thanks! The fried chicken I believe was done like this. I seasoned flour with my rub (island spice all purpose) then dipped the chicken in the wash, then into the four then the wash and finished with dipping in panko. The cook was pretty hot, I'd imagine it was 400* or better, this chicken you could tap on it and hear the thump on the shell....major crispiness with the juicy inside.

Fwismoker
12-13-2015, 08:56 AM
It would allow for more precision when loading a split. Right now I basically toss the split on and it is hard to adjust once it lands.


If the fire isn't very hot it's easy enough to reach down and gently set one where I want it but when it's pretty hot I just use one of my big oven mitts...good BBQ gloves would work well too.

I got to thinking for most cooks when it's that hot when i would need gloves it really doesn't need any more wood anyway! :-P



Just wondering if a bolt-on fuel feed door might be helpful for adding splits! Looking at the bottom bead on my drums and the lowest rib formed into the drum wall I'm thinking it would be pretty simple to make an 8"-10" high door; enough for adding splits during a cook. Any thoughts? I'm sure some would like a door Dave. I've kinda gotten used it and only once in a while need to use gloves or a mitt. On mine the basket is 5 " off the bottom and the sides of the basket go up another 4"-5" so a door would need to be in the middle section.

rehless
12-13-2015, 09:23 AM
Seems like you would get a hell of a fire from the fat off the cook.

smoke ninja
12-13-2015, 09:59 AM
Door would be handy. Like Keith's mine would need the door in the middle section.



Rehless the fat dont do much but if you stop spinning it only takes a few drippings to get a flare up. The thing is flames can kiss the meat and no harm

KevinJ
12-13-2015, 10:10 AM
Thats some good looking grub, now I'm hungry.

Fwismoker
12-13-2015, 10:59 AM
Seems like you would get a hell of a fire from the fat off the cook. I've had some really fatty Tyson thighs that caused a pretty good fire. It didn't burn up the chicken but it was quite the fire though!

Since I've learned to have a much smaller fire when cooking the fatty parts.

Like ninja said though the fire just kisses the meat but doesn't cause any harm, most cooks including whole birds don't seem to cause major flareups all that much.

Roguejim
12-13-2015, 08:09 PM
You guys are keeping your wood basket just off the drum bottom, right? In other words, your not hanging the basket somewhere in the middle?

smoke ninja
12-13-2015, 08:17 PM
Yes the fire basket is only a few inches off the bottom. In my case about 8".

Fwismoker
12-13-2015, 08:29 PM
I took a Weber charcoal grate for a 22.5" and made a basket, it has 5" bolts off the bottom. The line of thought was plenty of airflow and lots of room for ash. Hind sight I wouldn't change it, I like the wider base for longer splits.

Shenco I believe wanted to keep it simple since he had a BP drum already so just put in U-bolts to hold the BP basket. I'm sure that works fine but for bigger splits and wider fire I went with the big charcoal grate. Oh I did sit another grate over the charcoal grate to form the criss-cross pattern which is good to hold a coal base. Expanded steel would serve the same purpose.