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spareheat 12-07-2011 10:38 AM

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Great idea. I've been having trouble keeping the temps low for long times. After about 1 and a half to two hours the temp starts climbing to 350 and won't stop unless I completely snuf it out and start again. When I look inside the WHOLE basket will be burning. I switched to a paint can that I burned holes in. Using 6 prelighted coals on top, I am able to get three hours at 275 until it needs reloading. However, this look's like a better way to ONLY burn a set amount of coals at a time.

For quick and easy grill placement; make two of the grill support bolts stationary while the third bolt slides in and out.

jcinadr 12-07-2011 10:54 AM

use what you got - but I doubt you will need a full leaf blower to inject the air - a shop vac will probably give you more than enough. Of course understand that you will be pealing off all the outside paint as well.

10_Bears 12-07-2011 04:57 PM

So much effort and work, which is not a bad thing, but why not get the drum sand blasted and get cooking.

10_Bears 12-07-2011 05:02 PM

Question for those with drum lids and not kettle lids on their UDS's. Is the weight of the lid on its own enough to create a seal or am I better off using the locking ring for a tight seal.

Another question I have is regarding paint. Everyone says to use high temp paint, if I paint the drum in high temp then a normal paint colour in sections over that, do you think it will be ok? I see people with stickers on their drums so assume it would be ok, but would like to hear from the Brethren.

ClintHTX 12-07-2011 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by 10_Bears (Post 1873295)
Question for those with drum lids and not kettle lids on their UDS's. Is the weight of the lid on its own enough to create a seal or am I better off using the locking ring for a tight seal.

Another question I have is regarding paint. Everyone says to use high temp paint, if I paint the drum in high temp then a normal paint colour in sections over that, do you think it will be ok? I see people with stickers on their drums so assume it would be ok, but would like to hear from the Brethren.

When I did a burn out on my drum it warped the barrel opening a tad bit so when I put my lid on it kinda snaps on. Its a perfect seal. Also I think you would be fine with the paint when I'm cooking at 250 on my drum I can touch it without burning myself. They don't really get super hot on the outside. Or at least mine doesn't.

Time_1 12-07-2011 10:09 PM

I'm just gonna burn mine real good and go from there. I have a wire brush on a 4.5" angle grinder that will take care of the rest.....hopefully LOL

brickie 12-07-2011 10:20 PM

I agree about the paint. On my first UDS I used regular paint and have had drum up to 350 and have never had any problems with peeling or anything. I'm building my second one now as a gift, and will be using just regular paint. Not sure if I will spray or roll though.

brickie

brickie 12-07-2011 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Time_1 (Post 1873629)
I'm just gonna burn mine real good and go from there. I have a wire brush on a 4.5" angle grinder that will take care of the rest.....hopefully LOL

Actually all I did is scuff up the old paint on the barrel and rolled black right over it.Once again, no problems at all!

Hud 12-08-2011 01:57 AM

I do my burn out first, then just use 97 cent Wally World spray paint! Works great!:amen:

Vulcanus 12-08-2011 06:19 AM

Hello from Italy


I want to begun to built a simple but very good UDS/BDS and then probably I'll built a RF Smoker.
I haven't a 55 Gallon Drum at one's disposal; so I begin to find other things and I found a tube of 59" (height) X 27.5" (diameter).
Because of his uncomfortability i though on cutting the single tube in three pieces like in the photo.


http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/7990/uds1.png


I need some advices and tips&tricks to built a good single intake UDS/BDS like the Sean "Puffy" Coals project. (forum link)


Thanks to all,
Have a nice day.

Time_1 12-08-2011 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by brickie (Post 1873644)
Actually all I did is scuff up the old paint on the barrel and rolled black right over it.Once again, no problems at all!

I'm talking about the red liner on the inside. I don't really care about what the outside looks like.

BigKev 12-09-2011 12:24 AM

https://picasaweb.google.com/1131834...05869951124898

The beginning of my R2-BQ UDS project. Head is the bottom of a 22.5 OTS, and I removed the leg holders. The lid of that same grill had the flange cut off of it, and the flange was then welded to the top of the drum to create a docking collar for head. I used the bottom because I wanted R2 to have the right dome shaped head. I am leaving the One Touch mechanism in place to use as a exhaust dampener.

sjm845 12-09-2011 05:37 PM

A man and his can!
 
What's up fellas...I wrote a basic article on UDS Theory (What a great idea for a college course!) on our new BBQ Blog on our website. I plan on doing a running column based on my experiences with the UDS at home and in competition. Check it out and let me know what you think.

http://tellyouwhatbbq.blogspot.com/

Hoosier1960 12-10-2011 08:52 AM

@Vulcanus, That should work. I would possibly shave a few inches off the middle section. I think 8" there would work.
@BigKev, Looking good there! Keep it up!
@SJM845, It's always great to pass on knowledge learned!

Hoosier1960 12-10-2011 08:55 AM

I want to thank everyone that has started and contributed to this thread and the wealth of knowldege it contains! I have read all the posts starting at the beginning when it already had 8500 posts. I can't wait to see it hit 10,000!!!!!


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