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MtnGriller
04-14-2008, 01:01 AM
Hey all,
As I read through the UDS thread I noticed people were asking if there was a step by step thread on building a UDS. I am going to document my build as I go and update with pics. Now I'm taking what design features I like from all the other builds I have seen. So over the next few weeks, family,work and weather permitting I will post the build.
The first step is gathering your items to build the UDS. I located a local source of food grade barrels for 5$ each. The barrels previously contained syrup/molasses.
http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/8431/bbq048ma1.th.jpg (http://img391.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq048ma1.jpg)
Now this barrel still had the top attached. I used a air chisel with a bit that is sorta like a super duty can opener.
http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/3501/bbq051jq3.th.jpg (http://img394.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq051jq3.jpg)
If you dont have access to a tool like this a body saw or a angle grinder or cutting torch, plasma torch even a good sharp chisel and hammer can take the top (head) off of a 55 gal drum. I did not like the job this tool did cutting the head off of this drum. I encountered difficulty keeping the tool strait as I cut near the large bung. I think it was thicker metal there and caused the tool to veer off the path.
http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/113/bbq054xt4.th.jpg (http://img371.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq054xt4.jpg)
I will use a grinder and probably my oxy-acetylene torch to give a clean smooth ring around the top of my barrel. This step will follow after I burn my barrel.
I also gathered other parts for my build. I got 3 of 3/4" pipe 6" long. One 3/4" ball valve. Three 3/4" pipe caps. 3 hinges(I will use these as my shelf points for my food grates. 2 cans of BBQ paint. A smoker thermometer. 2 round BBQ grates. 2 handles and a round weber type lid. The pipe parts, valve, paint and handles I got at Home Depot for around 30$. The grates and Smoker Thermometer I found at Walmart for 25$ The steped drills I had. The weber type lid I found in a neighbors junk pile for free.
http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/758/bbq056lt9.th.jpg (http://img371.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq056lt9.jpg)

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/9332/bbq049wm8.th.jpg (http://img59.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq049wm8.jpg)

http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/1553/bbq057hv0.th.jpg (http://img224.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq057hv0.jpg)
The hinges Im going to use as shelves for my grates dont have any holes in them. They can be drilled for custom locations or in my case I will weld them where I want to place them. Here is a pic of the hinge folded back on itself forming a L shape. When these are welded into my barrel they will hold the grate. Whats handy about this is when I pull the lower grate or fire box it will fold up and out. This means I won't have to tip my lower grate and I won't hook the L as I pull food/grates/fire box out.
http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/8756/bbq053wx3.th.jpg (http://img394.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq053wx3.jpg)
Prior to burning I drill two 7/8" holes with a step drill in my drum. This will let my burnout fire get air to burn the painted lining inside the barrel.
http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/7273/bbq058wi4.th.jpg (http://img224.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq058wi4.jpg)

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/4214/bbq059pf8.th.jpg (http://img440.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bbq059pf8.jpg)

Well this is all for now. next posting will be on burning and cleaning the inside of my UDS.:grin:

MtnGriller