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Arat 07-29-2011 06:32 PM

Gettin' ready to do my intakes. Anybody ever used these step bits from Harbor Freight? If so... how'd they do?

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece...lls-96275.html

fball1208 07-30-2011 02:09 AM

Ive used them, Worked to drill out my holes dont know if they have much life left but havent used them since

Skidder 07-30-2011 03:57 AM

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Originally Posted by johnnyb1216 (Post 1729760)
cut the top off your last beer can you drank while smokin and put it over the stack

You can also use the top to a spray paint can

gaspipe1 07-30-2011 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 1727198)
For those who skipped the meat of this novel, do yourself a favor. Do a search for "Thirdeye Hoe Scoop". Aids in cleanup

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...18&postcount=3

MushCreek 07-30-2011 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Arat (Post 1730111)
Gettin' ready to do my intakes. Anybody ever used these step bits from Harbor Freight? If so... how'd they do?

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece...lls-96275.html

I've done three stainless drums and one steel one- they're still working. SLOW RPM and a little oil helps a lot.

Arat 07-31-2011 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by MushCreek (Post 1730852)
I've done three stainless drums and one steel one- they're still working. SLOW RPM and a little oil helps a lot.

Thanks. They're ordered. Should be getting the UDS completed next week. Can't wait :-P

Arat 07-31-2011 11:18 AM

Upside down?
 
Been looking and I've noticed that a lot of folks use an open top drum upside down with a kettle lid on top. Looks like it would be good for easy access to the bottom for cleaning occasionally. My only concern is does grease leak out the bottom?

Carbon 07-31-2011 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Arat (Post 1731941)
Been looking and I've noticed that a lot of folks use an open top drum upside down with a kettle lid on top. Looks like it would be good for easy access to the bottom for cleaning occasionally. My only concern is does grease leak out the bottom?

I've asked this before when I was looking for a drum.
It's not for easy access, it's just that the lid fits the other end and not on the open end with the lock band.

Stlbbqstore 07-31-2011 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Mike W (Post 1421631)
Some folks have been asken me to show how I built my racks so here are some more picts.

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/1351/stp62685.jpg

You can get away with bolts on just one rack but I like the ability to swap out the racks mid cook top for bottom etc. I do some small catering gigs where I cook 3 shoulders per rack. The bottom rack would get done about 3 hrs sooner so now I swap halfway when I foil. The racks can be lifted out with ease. The bolts let the racks act as a stand/table with meat on the racks. I can quickly pull the racks and meat out and close the lid back up. I'll foil than swap rack positions. Having two levels of support bolts (bolted through the drum) doesn't allow for this since your bottom rack will get hung up on the top bolts. I also put my thermometer below the bottom rack. It again is just for looks. It runs about 40 degrees cooler at that level than the center of the top rack.
http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/9826/stp62687.jpg

Here I have a third rack that sits on the top rack. This will allow me to cook two to three racks of spares (St Louis) Rib tips go on the bottom rack. We cook 4 racks for competitions and this method allows me to cook em flat without a rib rack. I also foil ribs so again they can lay flat two racks per rack. This also works for chicken pieces.
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Here I have my third rack (rib rack)
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I used pure non plated steel bolts. Hardware total for two racks $5. Stanless steel will set you back $40. These bolts are coated with oil when you buy em to prevent rust. I got mine at Gnahl Lumber (So Cal). My rack bolts that go through the drum are stainless and all other hardware is stainless.
http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/5757/stp62700.jpg

I figured someone would ask about my basket set up so here are some picts. I also picked up a 2x20 aluminum cake pan at a local bake shop. You can also find em online. I’ve seen people use galvanized oil pans but that has led, and I’m kind of against my kids growing a tail. :-D I used two kettle coal grates at 90 degrees. This is to hold lump better. If ya use briquettes I don’t think it’s necessary. I also have a container of used deep fry oil and a paint brush. I paint all metal after each cook with a coat of oil to keep the rust off.

http://cooksdream.com/store/llprd202.html

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This has deffinatly become an addiction. What I love most is scoring higher than folks on $8000 cookers. These little things turn out (in my opinion) the best bbq. Thanks for viewing and sharing your's too. Most of all have fun!


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Thanks Mike W

Here is my version of your leg design.
Thanks for the great idea. :clap2:

This is all welded stainless steel done by my B-I-L

Two racks with 6" legs and one rack with 4-1/2" legs

soapy_junk 08-01-2011 12:05 PM

drum
 
so i found a local hardware store / mom and pop shop.. they have used drums.. open and closed top.. and no liners..

i would be getting one of the open top ones.. but coming from a store w/ no liner would they still need to be burned out?..

what would would be needed to be done for seasoning it..

thanks

chico4missions 08-01-2011 12:38 PM

Weber bottom
 
???? Anybody able to use the bottom of a Weber for a drum lid? I've now got 3 or 4 laying around from other builds & it'd be awesome to use them for more UDS. ????

THANKS!

thoraudio 08-01-2011 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by soapy_junk (Post 1733242)
so i found a local hardware store / mom and pop shop.. they have used drums.. open and closed top.. and no liners..

i would be getting one of the open top ones.. but coming from a store w/ no liner would they still need to be burned out?..

what would would be needed to be done for seasoning it..

thanks

burn it to get rid of the residuals of whatever was stored in the drum.

woodbutcher1 08-01-2011 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by chico4missions (Post 1733278)
???? Anybody able to use the bottom of a Weber for a drum lid? I've now got 3 or 4 laying around from other builds & it'd be awesome to use them for more UDS. ????

THANKS!

Yes, i have.

First,my drum was an open head drum,having that large roll bead. The 22.5" weber lid did not fit. A lot of people will flatten out the lid flange ,locating and clamping said lid to drum and and reshaping (hammering)to fit the drum.

I removed the rubber seal from the lid that came with my drum and set it in place. Put tne bottom section of the weber grill on the lid and it almost fit. After flattening (hammering) the rolled edge on the kettle and checking the fit, it came out perfectly. I then scribed a circle on the drums lid to match the inside diameter of the kettle base to be cut out.

My brother helped me tack weld the pieces together and it came out great. Ground through the tack welds that held the metal cups for the legs to get rid of them and reworked the 3 daisy wheels.

Will take some pics later and post them.

Rhema316 08-01-2011 02:11 PM

Would it be possible to get the dimensions for this please?

Thank you .

Jim

woodbutcher1 08-01-2011 04:31 PM

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Here are some pics of how i made the bottom of a 22.5" weber kettle the domed lid for my UDS.


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