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swamprb
03-26-2008, 11:48 PM
No- Not KISS the band! Keep It Simple StOOpid! Drum Smoker build!

This is for an upcoming BBQ Class door prize giveaway, I'm going to do a Drum Smoker cooking demonstration April 5th. There will be some guest cooks using a variety of pits, a Pizza oven and pizza cook, Lump charcoal making demonstration and more!

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2330.jpg

I've added a remote probe eyelet
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2332.jpg

15"x10" basket on an 18" charcoal grate
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2333.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2334.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2335.jpg

Keepin' it simple has been my thing with my drums, using scrapped and recycled materials.
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2248.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2246.jpg

I love what everyone has done to regulate their draft and have been tempted to try a ball valve setup, but these cheap little bungs just do it for me!
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2254.jpg

Here is a little info on the class.
http://www.applecreektimberinc.com/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=48

BBQ Grail
03-26-2008, 11:50 PM
Nice! Very nice!

McClung
03-26-2008, 11:51 PM
Dang, you northenders are BUSY!

swamprb
03-26-2008, 11:57 PM
Dang, you northenders are BUSY!

The class is in your neighborhood, you should check it out! Or come on down to the Pike Place Market competition this Sunday!

PaPaQ
03-27-2008, 10:52 AM
Very nice set of Drums! I have a ball valve on mine, but I think I am going to change to a gate valve. I think you get better control with a gate valve. Just my $.02 cents worth. I have been known to be wrong to.

hcarter
03-27-2008, 11:07 AM
So, I hope you don't mind a few questions. What did you make the basket from? How did you close it? What are the legs on the basket made from? What are those little bungs? Sorry for all the questions, but I am starting to think about building one and trying to keep it as simple and cheap as possible.

Roo-B-Q'N
03-27-2008, 11:13 AM
Darn, I thought Gene Simmons started Q'ing.

Very nice drum you got there.

capri man
03-27-2008, 12:21 PM
mine is gonna be almost identical to this one. one difference is that i cut my expanded metal a couple of inches extra long on the vertical end. mounted the bottom charcoal grate a couple of inches up into the circle elimanating the need for the bolts to hold it off the floor of the drum.
do i nessarly need the adjustable valve on one of the intake pipes since i am using a weber lid with the adjustment on it?? thanks, mike

JD McGee
03-27-2008, 12:32 PM
Sweet...the only thing missing are my non-patented, very simple, most effective vents tabs...:twisted: I'll be picking them up Friday for you! :-P Love the probe bushing...what is it again???

swamprb
03-27-2008, 12:36 PM
mine is gonna be almost identical to this one. one difference is that i cut my expanded metal a couple of inches extra long on the vertical end. mounted the bottom charcoal grate a couple of inches up into the circle elimanating the need for the bolts to hold it off the floor of the drum.
do i nessarly need the adjustable valve on one of the intake pipes since i am using a weber lid with the adjustment on it?? thanks, mike

I would suggest that the intake vents be an inch below the bottom of the coal grate. I'm not a ball valve guy, but I keep the Weber vents fully open.

Cre-B-Ce
03-27-2008, 12:56 PM
No- Not KISS the band!


You had me all excited for minute!!!http://www.hockey-love.com/images/headbang.gif

JD McGee
03-27-2008, 05:07 PM
I would suggest that the intake vents be an inch above the bottom of the coal grate. I'm not a ball valve guy, but I keep the Weber vents fully open.

Above???...you sure about that bro? Mine are 1 inch below per your verbal instructions...oh yes...this is so. :twisted:

capri man
03-27-2008, 06:14 PM
mine also jd!!:?: here is my basket that i just finished.

Bottles 'n Bones BBQ
03-27-2008, 06:34 PM
mine also jd!!:?: here is my basket that i just finished.

Good Gawd man...How much charcoal does that dude hold?

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=14369&stc=1&d=1206656040

Barbarian
03-27-2008, 08:35 PM
First why so tall??? Second, looks to me like to large of expanded metal. The charcoal will be falling out the sides.

McClung
03-27-2008, 09:13 PM
I can't make Pike Place since I head down to Gresham tomorrow for a week. Picked up a drum from Saul over on Vashon last week and put it together over the weekend. Started painting it yesterday and that brought on the snow. Got home from the gym this afternoon and it had warmed up and was nice and sunshiney, that is until I drug it out of the garage and started on the paint again. Snowed until i put it up and then went back to sunshine. So I'm thinking I might be onto a money maker here. Since I can get it to snow everytime I start painting the drum I can make some money off of the local ski resorts. They can keep the runs open so long as I keep trying to ^$#@# paint.

capri man
03-27-2008, 09:27 PM
i can sit my bottom rack on it???:-P

JD McGee
03-27-2008, 09:42 PM
I can't make Pike Place since I head down to Gresham tomorrow for a week. Picked up a drum from Saul over on Vashon last week and put it together over the weekend. Started painting it yesterday and that brought on the snow. Got home from the gym this afternoon and it had warmed up and was nice and sunshiney, that is until I drug it out of the garage and started on the paint again. Snowed until i put it up and then went back to sunshine. So I'm thinking I might be onto a money maker here. Since I can get it to snow everytime I start painting the drum I can make some money off of the local ski resorts. They can keep the runs open so long as I keep trying to ^$#@# paint.

Hey local bro...don't paint the drum this weekend...please! :biggrin:

Kevin Garceau
03-27-2008, 10:12 PM
OK stupid question on UDS..... do you need to add any charcoal/wood while buring?

Or do you just simply lift everything outta the way to add more if needed?

swamprb
03-27-2008, 10:20 PM
I can't make Pike Place since I head down to Gresham tomorrow for a week. Picked up a drum from Saul over on Vashon last week and put it together over the weekend. Started painting it yesterday and that brought on the snow. Got home from the gym this afternoon and it had warmed up and was nice and sunshiney, that is until I drug it out of the garage and started on the paint again. Snowed until i put it up and then went back to sunshine. So I'm thinking I might be onto a money maker here. Since I can get it to snow everytime I start painting the drum I can make some money off of the local ski resorts. They can keep the runs open so long as I keep trying to ^$#@# paint.

I got my 38" tall drums from Saul last year. I don't think the ski resorts need any snow help this year! Its not like I haven't seen it snow in April around here and just the mention of it at work had us rolling out a rack of Z-chains!
Keep in touch with the goings on here http://www.pnwba.com/

McClung
03-27-2008, 11:27 PM
I registered on pnwba last night. Looked at the class info and if I didn't have to pay Uncle Sam a bundle this year I would be there! That pizza oven has got to be the best kept secret in Edgewood! Is it you or JD works for Metro?

swamprb
03-28-2008, 12:31 AM
That be me! Saul used to drive bus, I'm in VM.

McClung
03-28-2008, 12:55 AM
I work for KC too, I'm the Training Officer for the Airport Fire Rescue at Boeing Field.

Barbarian
03-28-2008, 01:13 AM
OK stupid question on UDS..... do you need to add any charcoal/wood while buring?

Or do you just simply lift everything outta the way to add more if needed?

You should not have to add any fuel to the UDS unless you really put to little in at the start.

Single Fin Smoker
03-28-2008, 04:54 AM
Man, some guys get all the expanded metal! I'd love to be in attendance Brian. Got lots to learn...

Too bad I'll be coaching future Mariner stompers down here in SoCal that day.

capri man
03-28-2008, 06:38 AM
kevin, my understanding is that you use 10-12 lbs of charcoal. only light the top middle portion of it and it should burn down and out for several hours. i will let you know after tomorrow!!:-D

capri man
03-28-2008, 02:10 PM
First why so tall??? Second, looks to me like to large of expanded metal. The charcoal will be falling out the sides.

jerry, for some reason the holes look a lot bigger in the pic than in real life!! you made me go look though!!:-P

Bbq Bubba
03-28-2008, 03:18 PM
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=14369&stc=1&d=1206656040

Only problem i see with this is that the first 6 hrs of your cook, your gonna be GRILLING, not smoking!! :confused:

capri man
03-28-2008, 03:25 PM
actually 12 lbs of charcoal only comes up about 1/4th from the bottom of the basket.

swamprb
03-28-2008, 03:44 PM
Man, some guys get all the expanded metal! I'd love to be in attendance Brian. Got lots to learn...

Too bad I'll be coaching future Mariner stompers down here in SoCal that day.

Ouch! That hurts! Almost like going Larry Bowa on me!
Start those kids on a steroid program now! 6'3" and 175lbs by the time they are 14 and they are on the road to the Bigs!

jerry, for some reason the holes look a lot bigger in the pic than in real life!! you made me go look though!!:-P

The last 3 baskets I made look to be about the same size mesh and I did a couple test cooks with briqs and they were fine.
My suggestion would be to put another coal grate in a # pattern to keep any lump in if you decide to use any. I've found that 10"-13" tall basket is more than big enough. Long cooks I use a 12lb load of briqs and have NEVER needed to add any more, the meats are always done before the coals die.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_2134.jpg

For shorter cooks I love to use my insert, it holds @ 6lbs of briq and is great for chicken and ribs, ABT's fatties etc. 4-6 hours cooking.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_1717.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/100_1718.jpg

capri man- you could make 2 baskets out of yours.