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shovelrobert 02-08-2014 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by sensor (Post 2795478)
Newbie here, Ive read 200 pages so far and cannot find a method for cutting the top out of a 55 gallon closed drum, so it can be reused for a lid. it seems that most use a webber lid. I am cheap and don't want to buy one. If this is the only option the cheapest lid/grill I can find is home depot for $60.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Masterbui...6?N=5yc1vZbx8h
It is a Masterbuilt and not a webber…. will it work?

I picked up a couple of these at 1/2 price ,clearance end of Summer. The lids are a little smaller than a Weber and won't fit right on a drum, so you have to use flat-bar ring.

nubrook18 02-09-2014 01:45 PM

I was wondering about some of the paint jobs on your uds's. I see some pretty awesome designs and some look like they have decals on them. I'm sure they can't be plastic decals so what are they? Not an artist at all but want mine to look decent so any help is appreciated!

NorthernSmoke 02-09-2014 09:37 PM

Incredible thread. Amazing information. I'm looking forward to building my first. Can't wait for some of this snow to clear. Anyone up in Canada? I saw some good posts from H20loo about insulating the UDS and the need for the oldman side pipe....good insight. Thanks very much!

SmittyJonz 02-09-2014 10:41 PM

Why are so many guys using closed top drums that you have to cut top or bottom out? Open top drums are easy to find around here.

knitmar 02-10-2014 06:36 AM

Availability of drums
 
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Originally Posted by SmittyJonz (Post 2798481)
Why are so many guys using closed top drums that you have to cut top or bottom out? Open top drums are easy to find around here.

Believe me, there is nothing as frustrating as studying these threads for nights on end then trying to find a drum, sometimes any drum, in a non-industrialized part of the country. I ended up paying expensive freight from another part of the country.

shovelrobert 02-10-2014 01:54 PM

drum lid
 
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Originally Posted by SmittyJonz (Post 2798481)
Why are so many guys using closed top drums that you have to cut top or bottom out? Open top drums are easy to find around here.

A dome lid off a Weber grill won't fit an open top drum. A closed top with a flat lid works great if you only want 1 rack.

bvbull200 02-10-2014 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by nubrook18 (Post 2797825)
I was wondering about some of the paint jobs on your uds's. I see some pretty awesome designs and some look like they have decals on them. I'm sure they can't be plastic decals so what are they? Not an artist at all but want mine to look decent so any help is appreciated!

I didn't put a decal on the one I built, but if I had to guess, a decal of some sort shouldn't be a problem. The outside walls of these things really don't get all that hot, in my opinion.

SmittyJonz 02-10-2014 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by shovelrobert (Post 2799117)
A dome lid off a Weber grill won't fit an open top drum. A closed top with a flat lid works great if you only want 1 rack.

:crazy: .................................................. ................... :crazy:

I have flat top 3 racked UDS myself for 2 1/2 yrs now ---- the bottom or 3 rd generally gets a water pan but I've regularly cooked on 2 racks with flat top.

http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/...psb6498a9c.jpg


Top Rack
http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/...psbf53b357.jpg




How to make Weber lids fit: (not my UDS pictured)- top 2" of another drum or just 1-2" flat bar

http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/...pst3xfasz8.jpg

TexasTex 02-10-2014 03:29 PM

That looks pretty dang good. ^

SmittyJonz 02-10-2014 07:40 PM

How many Whole Chickens can one do in an UDS at one time........?



At least 6 but probally 8 if you use 2 grates...........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0vaIiRelaE

DJnKY 02-10-2014 07:51 PM

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Originally Posted by nubrook18 (Post 2797825)
I was wondering about some of the paint jobs on your uds's. I see some pretty awesome designs and some look like they have decals on them. I'm sure they can't be plastic decals so what are they? Not an artist at all but want mine to look decent so any help is appreciated!

Vinyl decals on mine doing just fine.

Wags05 02-10-2014 10:47 PM

Same thoughts as DJnKY - is there a particular high temp colored paint that is reccommended over others?? Sorry if it's already covered - been through quite a bit of thi thread.....it's 800pgs.

AaronPo 02-10-2014 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Wags05 (Post 2799786)
Same thoughts as DJnKY - is there a particular high temp colored paint that is reccommended over others?? Sorry if it's already covered - been through quite a bit of thi thread.....it's 800pgs.

High temp bbq paint and or high temp engine paint. I used the 1200 degree stuff from homedepot. See link below.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleu...temp+bbq+paint

nubrook18 02-11-2014 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by DJnKY (Post 2799595)
Vinyl decals on mine doing just fine.

Thanks man, appreciate it!

SmittyJonz 02-11-2014 02:34 PM

Ya high temp engine paint from Auto parts stores if you want pretty or just high temp BBQ paint from Walmart or Homedepot but they are Black or Silver only.


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