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BBQBobofA2 07-15-2010 10:00 PM

The UDS is done ! - Here are the picts and info
Bought a new unlined drum from Maxi Container for $30. Burned it out to be sure.
Bought expanded metal from a father and son Metal Fab shop I found searching for 'Metal Fab' on Google. Nice people, he rolled the EM for me. I brought back the finished drum and basket and he welded it for a very reasonable price.
I did a classic redneck build - thank you very much Norcoredneck !! :hail:
Bottom grill about 6 in from the top (33.5'' drum - charcoal grate 3'' from bottom - 24'' gap = 6 in).
Using a turkey fryer thermometer and a cheap probe wireless type - not happy with the thermo situation, need to find something better.
Seasoned with veggie oil.
Basket
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...n/DSC00260.jpg
Basket close up
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...n/DSC00261.jpg
Drum
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...n/DSC00264.jpg
Drum with seasoning fire
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...n/DSC00263.jpg

42BBQ 07-15-2010 10:09 PM

I went to HD - they didn't even know what EXPANDED METAL is. I hate HD, I'll try Lowes.

Stl-Rich,

Ace Hardware has expanded metal sheets 24"x24", at the right gauge. What I did was cut the sheet in half giving me two 12"x12" sheets. I then wired them together with thin stainless steel wire (also at Ace, on a spool of about 50', $3 or so), overlapping them by about 8". Then I shaped them into the proper cylinder type shape and wired them down onto my charcoal grate. I ended up with a charcoal basket 12"x12"x12". Works like a charm. Before wiring everything with the stainless steel wire I ziptied it first to get a real tight fit. Added the stainless steel wire and cut off the plastic zip ties.

shdybrady 07-16-2010 07:18 AM

when ya"ll paint your uds, do you clear coat it?

1FUNVET 07-16-2010 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by shdybrady (Post 1338781)
when ya"ll paint your uds, do you clear coat it?


I did not clear coat mine, but i have 3 coats of paint on it.:clap2::clap2:

shdybrady 07-16-2010 08:44 AM

I got anxious and went ahead and put a clear coat on it. Seemed to make since to me. I chose an iron color to paint it. It came out more of an army grey. Pretty cool combo

Rodney 07-17-2010 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by stl-rich (Post 1337615)
I went to HD - they didn't even know what EXPANDED METAL is. I hate HD, I'll try Lowes.

FYI, there's a link in my sig to a video I made on building my charcoal basket.

-Rodney

colonel00 07-17-2010 02:53 PM

I am not sure if love you all for all of this information or hate you.

I am not the proud owner of a MIG/Flux welder (thank you craigslist) and I don't even have a drum yet :confused:. Actually found some drums on CL today as well but have some chuckies and butts on the COS right now. Obviously I cannot leave that thing unattended.

Meat Burner 07-17-2010 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by colonel00 (Post 1339999)
I am not sure if love you all for all of this information or hate you.

I am not the proud owner of a MIG/Flux welder (thank you craigslist) and I don't even have a drum yet :confused:. Actually found some drums on CL today as well but have some chuckies and butts on the COS right now. Obviously I cannot leave that thing unattended.

Hey brother. You don't have to weld anything. I have built about 10 of these and never welded anything. And I have a wire feed welder.

Oops, I lied. Wife just informed me I did weld one basket for a friend for some reason.

shdybrady 07-17-2010 06:20 PM

i did weld mine but see how it would be just as easy to use some bailing wire or stainless steel tie wraps

stl-rich 07-17-2010 06:31 PM

Could a guy get a PLASTIC 55 Gal drum and make a UDS out of it? Its a low temp smoker after all - the charcoal ring and ashcatcher would be metal (I'm not that crazy) but I just wonder

Wifey would e so happy with a big blob of blue plastic in the backyard :crazy:

Meat Burner 07-17-2010 07:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stl-rich (Post 1340169)
Could a guy get a PLASTIC 55 Gal drum and make a UDS out of it? Its a low temp smoker after all - the charcoal ring and ashcatcher would be metal (I'm not that crazy) but I just wonder

Wifey would e so happy with a big blob of blue plastic in the backyard :crazy:

I wouldn't do it.

colonel00 07-17-2010 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meat Burner (Post 1340137)
Hey brother. You don't have to weld anything. I have built about 10 of these and never welded anything. And I have a wire feed welder.

Oops, I lied. Wife just informed me I did weld one basket for a friend for some reason.

Yeah, I know. But with all the nifty mods, carts, charcoal baskets, height extensions, kettle inserts, etc, I justified it to myself. Plus, I have always wanted to learn to weld anyways. Besides, the girlfriend bought my story and believed it was justified :laugh:.

Sean "Puffy" Coals 07-18-2010 07:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stl-rich (Post 1340169)
Could a guy get a PLASTIC 55 Gal drum and make a UDS out of it? Its a low temp smoker after all - the charcoal ring and ashcatcher would be metal (I'm not that crazy) but I just wonder

Wifey would e so happy with a big blob of blue plastic in the backyard :crazy:


Alton brown made one out of a cardboard box once... Maybe if you used a hot plate for heat like he did... NO! NO! Stop! :icon_shy

Jay871 07-18-2010 02:58 PM

I'm doing some baby backs and I am working on the 3-2-1 method. When I took the lid off to foil the temp spiked now I had to close the intakes almost all the way to bring the temp back down. Anyone have any ideas on how to prevent this. The thing was sailing great at 225* until I took the lid off.

Meat Burner 07-18-2010 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by colonel00 (Post 1340300)
Yeah, I know. But with all the nifty mods, carts, charcoal baskets, height extensions, kettle inserts, etc, I justified it to myself. Plus, I have always wanted to learn to weld anyways. Besides, the girlfriend bought my story and believed it was justified :laugh:.

Good angle. Glad it worked. :thumb:


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