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Blackened 09-05-2009 02:21 AM

On second thought, that would make scooping the ash out of the bottom of the drum a nightmare..

Phubar 09-05-2009 04:58 AM

Looks very nice!

grills gone wild 09-05-2009 06:03 AM

I did a test burn last night, set her up with about 12 lbs of charcoal in the basket and 3/4 of a chimney to get her going. Started at 9:30 and by about 10:30 -11 she was down to about 270. I closed the intake a bit more and she dropped to about 250 at the center of the grate and 225 at the edges. I had a few more beers and watched her till about midnight and called it a night at midnight with her holding steady at 256.

Just got up and checked her and she is at 262. I closed the inlet a very little more too see how responsive she is to small changes and she dropped to 249 in about 30 minuted and she is hold there at 249.

Lovin' it!

Bbq Bubba 09-05-2009 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by bobsuosso (Post 1017427)
Thanks to all, got to around page 140 or so, and had to start my build. Used a grape juice drum, had the typical tough coating to sand out after a burn. Tough job in the city. Seasoning went well, had to throw some sausages on while I waited. Used 3 -3/4 nipples for inlets w/ 1 ball valve & 8 -1/2" holes in lid. With valve open and 1 cap off stayed steady @ 230. Will try my hand at ribs this w/e. Thanks again to all for the advice.


FYI....a Weber lid fits that style drum PERFECTLY! :biggrin:

bobsuosso 09-05-2009 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Blackened (Post 1017685)
On second thought, that would make scooping the ash out of the bottom of the drum a nightmare..

Hope this quote thing works, hello blackened, so far so good on the casters, atached with 1/4 x 1/2 pan heads from inside out so just a little bump inside, scoped out fine, have a heavy duty fiberglass/plastic drum dolly but was nervous about using that, has anyone used one of those? thanks again to all, enjoy the long w/e.

bobsuosso 09-05-2009 07:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba (Post 1017747)
FYI....a Weber lid fits that style drum PERFECTLY! :biggrin:

Hello Bubba, been driving the neighborhoods real slow on trash days, might have to wait till 1st snow before the grills start showing up in the trash, might have to go craigslist route, glad to know the lid will fit nicely, tough to find a turkey only 7 1/2" tall, thanks have a good w/e

Blackened 09-05-2009 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by bobsuosso (Post 1017758)
Hope this quote thing works, hello blackened, so far so good on the casters, atached with 1/4 x 1/2 pan heads from inside out so just a little bump inside, scoped out fine, have a heavy duty fiberglass/plastic drum dolly but was nervous about using that, has anyone used one of those? thanks again to all, enjoy the long w/e.

aah, that makes sense, I'll have to keep an eye out for some good heavy duty casters..

GoinOvr 09-05-2009 02:37 PM

Hey all,

Since this is the mother of all UDS threads I'd figure I'd ask about a drum I just acquired. A guy at work gave it to me for free but it was used to hold his racing gas which was methanol. It's also a sealed top drum but that I think I'll be able to figure out. My question is will the drum work for a UDS if I get a couple good burns through it along with a couple good scrubbings of soap and water?

The last thing I want to do is go blind from eating the wondrous smoked meats. haha

Norcoredneck 09-05-2009 02:41 PM

Good burns will work if that is all you have. my big worry would be a spark when cutting it open.

phDog 09-05-2009 03:47 PM

my ricketly lid (original to the drum) has my temps all over the place. woe is me.

is there any kind of heat-safe weatherstripping type thing i can put around the edge?

bud1lite 09-05-2009 03:52 PM

man my eyes hurt!this is the biggest thread ive ever seen i think,lol
ok for us really cheap laid off people.couldint you just use the flexible magnets on all the intakes at the bottom?no ball valve...,im close to 40 but no back problems yet,lol

Norcoredneck 09-05-2009 03:52 PM

Put a big rock/brick on top in center. Also keeps the squirrels out.

Norcoredneck 09-05-2009 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by bud1lite (Post 1018128)
man my eyes hurt!this is the biggest thread ive ever seen i think,lol
ok for us really cheap laid off people.couldint you just use the flexible magnets on all the intakes at the bottom?no ball valve...,im close to 40 but no back problems yet,lol

Many have done that. Some handsome guy in NC started it (N8man) and then a guy on the west coast followed his lead (WHL3). They swear by them.

phDog 09-05-2009 04:03 PM

ok i have 2 retaining wall blocks on the lid right now and i'm back up to about 230. thanks redneck!

bud1lite 09-05-2009 04:14 PM

cool,thanks I can start out with those and see what i get.Seems I want to go up in temp ,not have to try to bring it down right?so less air first and open as needed...


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