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darthtrader
04-06-2008, 10:39 PM
I got an 18" Weber Kettle off Craigslist for $20 today. Would you guys give some input for how to maximize reuse of Weber parts to make my UDS?

Cliff H.
04-06-2008, 10:48 PM
The only thing that I can think of is to make a charcoal basket out of it. You need a 22" grill to strip parts from for a uds.

swamprb
04-06-2008, 11:21 PM
Gently remove the handles and send them to me!

Then, If you feel like you want to drill a chitload of holes in the bottom you could use it for a coal basket (think BGE) like this one I tried.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_1390-2.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_1389-2.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_1391-2.jpg

This worked pretty good, but I went with expando for my baskets. I'd cut out the bottom below the ash grate if I were to do it again for more airflow and better ash clearance. Something to consider if your gonna trash it. The leg sockets make for a stable basket. Otherwise the only thing I could think of is to use the ash grate and wrap expando around it. Not kidding about the handles!

BBQ Grail
04-06-2008, 11:25 PM
Swamp is an expert on recycling and rebuilding Weber kettles. But don't send him the handles...send them to me.

darthtrader
04-06-2008, 11:41 PM
Thanks for the ideas. Keep 'em coming! I'm very much an amateur when it comes to metal work so all I really know how to do is cut and drill. Whatever parts I don't end up using, I'll list and whoever wants them can just PM me.

I was going to use an unused steamer that fits into a stockpot for my ash basket, but this using the kettle bottom is a great idea!

Midnight Smoke
04-07-2008, 12:02 AM
Try here (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23436&highlight=Ugly+Drum+Smoker)

swamprb
04-07-2008, 12:42 AM
I wasn't kidding about the handles!

BBQ Grail
04-07-2008, 12:43 AM
I wasn't kidding about the handles!

Neither was I... LOL

darthtrader
04-08-2008, 02:36 AM
What's the best way and best tool to carefully remove the handles?

swamprb
04-08-2008, 04:24 AM
A Philips head screwdriver! Are they Wood or plastic handles? The real old ones have 2 rivets in the wood handle. The metal handle frame is just spot welded and just wiggling them back and forth they'll pop off-wear safety glasses, the enamel finish will splinter.

Kevin Garceau
04-08-2008, 06:59 AM
Inside the drum, and with those few holes I would think it would be really starved for air......

swamprb
04-08-2008, 08:24 AM
Inside the drum, and with those few holes I would think it would be really starved for air......

The drum had 4 daisy wheel vents with four 1/2" holes on each vent, actually had too much draft!

darthtrader
04-08-2008, 08:42 AM
A Philips head screwdriver! Are they Wood or plastic handles? The real old ones have 2 rivets in the wood handle. The metal handle frame is just spot welded and just wiggling them back and forth they'll pop off-wear safety glasses, the enamel finish will splinter.

This one isn't very old. It has plastic handles. So you're saying if I wiggle the handle enough, the frame will come loose from the kettle? Where and how do I use the screwdriver?