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Livinthelife
02-02-2018, 06:00 PM
55gal drum (free)
1" ball valve (donated from a friend)
1" close nipple
(2)3/4"close nipples w/caps
(4)1"x1/4" bolts w/nuts
(4)3/4 conduit nuts
(2)1" conduit nuts

The parts cost me $14 but I didn't use the conduit nuts, so after I take em back $9 total.

Reusing coal grate/basket and ash catcher.
Decided to stop on the way home for a new cooking grate $20.

I'm in it for $30. I couldn't be more excited. I think I'm leaving work early to go get smoking.

My Mrs. bought 2 racks of ribs for my maiden smoke. We really wanted a brisket but couldn't find a whole one.
Got some mesquite lump to make it all happen.
Thanks

el luchador
02-02-2018, 06:01 PM
:thumb:

Titch
02-02-2018, 06:02 PM
great price mate:thumb:have fun with it

el luchador
02-02-2018, 06:03 PM
now go cook some world class Q. enjoy the new cooker.

UDS. inexpensive but AWESOME

Burnt at Both Endz
02-02-2018, 07:21 PM
I'm about ready to build one of these.......

cowgirl
02-02-2018, 07:28 PM
Nice job!!

Cook
02-02-2018, 08:11 PM
Livin' the dream, my man...

Clay-b-que
02-02-2018, 08:28 PM
Oh she's ugly and needs some love. Let's see those ribs!

Livinthelife
02-02-2018, 11:30 PM
So I got home and had to stop my smoking plan to be a dad. After all things settled down I decided that it was too late to start ribs.

So I scrubbed it out with a scotch pad and water. Gave it a dry run with some lump. Let get going for a bit and then capped off boh of the 3/4 . Temp steadied out. Let it cruise for a while. Then closed all vents to choke it out. All seemed well. In the am will start the ribs.

I'll go will some mesquite lump and I have hickory chips left over but I think I may try to get some cherry or apple before I start. Couple more pictures.

el luchador
02-03-2018, 12:09 AM
cherry works WELL in my uds.

mesquite works poorly in my uds. pungent and acidic.

Livinthelife
02-03-2018, 12:49 AM
Are you saying the mesquite lump isn't good for smoke or main heat source?

el luchador
02-03-2018, 01:42 AM
Are you saying the mesquite lump isn't good for smoke or main heat source?

mesquite lump is great. mesquite chunks not so much

Livinthelife
02-03-2018, 03:48 PM
First cook on my UDS.

kls44
02-03-2018, 04:03 PM
looking good

Livinthelife
02-03-2018, 07:36 PM
Progress pictures

mchar69
02-03-2018, 08:35 PM
OK, I was gonna say you shoulda wrapped, but I bet they were GOOD!!
Pics if you got 'em!
VIRGIN RUN on the UDS!!

Livinthelife
02-05-2018, 05:29 PM
Remembered to get a picture before the last couple were eaten.

Livinthelife
02-05-2018, 05:32 PM
Second cook was a pork butt. I'm officially hooked.

Livinthelife
02-05-2018, 05:37 PM
Pork pron

mikemci
02-05-2018, 06:22 PM
Very nice cooks/build!
Drum smoking is awesome!!!

tmac5454
02-05-2018, 06:37 PM
Just picked up 4 food safe drums from a local business for less than $30. Suffice to say, I'm on my way to building one! Thanks for the post, that piggie looks delicious

Livinthelife
02-05-2018, 07:53 PM
Very nice cooks/build!
Drum smoking is awesome!!!

Thnk you sir.
It's happened ! I've got smoke in my veins and I liike it.

Livinthelife
02-05-2018, 07:57 PM
Just picked up 4 food safe drums from a local business for less than $30. Suffice to say, I'm on my way to building one! Thanks for the post, that piggie looks delicious

If the inside is anything but bare metal, as long as you put in the effort, it will be clean and safe. After you burn it out nice and hot, a little elbow grease and its like shiny new.

Livinthelife
02-05-2018, 08:02 PM
The Brethren should have a disclaimer joining this forum.
I have more money invested in rub than my drum.

I love it.