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carpediem 01-31-2012 06:09 PM

Making Progress
 
Just made this charcoal basket out of perf'd stainless. Doing a burn tomorrow and hopefully cooking on Thursday.

http://i488.photobucket.com/albums/r...asket1Copy.jpg

http://i488.photobucket.com/albums/r...asket2Copy.jpg

brickie 02-01-2012 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by kmcrane (Post 1933281)
I am considering using a "repurposed" shopping cart I have as a charcoal basket for my uds. it is painted, but i'm sure a good burn will take care of the paint. Does anybody have any other concerns that I'm not thinking about?

Aren't most shopping carts galvanized? You can get the steel grate most of us use at homedepot for $20.Throw a 20% HF coupon on it and you pay $16.

brickie

1FUNVET 02-01-2012 08:22 AM

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Originally Posted by carpediem (Post 1933434)
Just made this charcoal basket out of perf'd stainless. Doing a burn tomorrow and hopefully cooking on Thursday.

http://i488.photobucket.com/albums/r...asket1Copy.jpg

http://i488.photobucket.com/albums/r...asket2Copy.jpg

Very nice looking basket. Seems a shame to get it all dirty :becky:

kmcrane 02-01-2012 08:35 AM

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Originally Posted by brickie (Post 1933891)
Aren't most shopping carts galvanized? You can get the steel grate most of us use at homedepot for $20.Throw a 20% HF coupon on it and you pay $16.

brickie

i was thinking that since it was painted, it would be plain steel under, but you may be right.

daninnewjersey 02-01-2012 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by kmcrane (Post 1933244)
I am in interested in building my own uds after reading over the wealth of information in this forum (and others). I have found a source for $10 drums here in Pasadena, TX, the only problem is they held race fuel. I have read mixed feelings in regards to this being safe to use for a cooker. What are ya'lls feelings regarding these drums.

Mine originally had diesel oil in it. A couple of good scrubbings, a long and HOT burn, and more scrubbing/sanding and you should be good to go...especially if race fuel tastes as good as diesel oil......:becky:

micnic 02-01-2012 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by 1FUNVET (Post 1933904)
Very nice looking basket. Seems a shame to get it all dirty :becky:

This is the best looking basket on this forum man. And SS :thumb: I am jealous:twisted:

micnic 02-01-2012 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by kmcrane (Post 1933244)
I am in interested in building my own uds after reading over the wealth of information in this forum (and others). I have found a source for $10 drums here in Pasadena, TX, the only problem is they held race fuel. I have read mixed feelings in regards to this being safe to use for a cooker. What are ya'lls feelings regarding these drums.

IMHO I would not do it, but it is your health. Metal is porous and I do not care how many burns you do, there will be always a chance that stuff can leak out. There is a reason why they make "food grade" drums. The spray on liner stops any contamination entering the bare metal. Hope this :help:

vafish 02-01-2012 01:39 PM

If metal is so porous what keeps the racing fuel from just leaking out through the metal?

Or how could steel be used to hold.a.gas with small molecules like hydrogen?

BGBarracus 02-01-2012 02:03 PM

Got so much info from this thread when I built my drum. :clap2: Decided to built a cut off vent for it.

Upright Drum Smoker Vent System - YouTube

micnic 02-01-2012 02:38 PM

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Originally Posted by vafish (Post 1934234)
If metal is so porous what keeps the racing fuel from just leaking out through the metal?

Or how could steel be used to hold.a.gas with small molecules like hydrogen?

Dude, I have never seen hydrogen or any gas transported in steel drum - did you? They use special gas cylinders.

And I never said that metal is "so porous" it is somewhat, but go head and use it I do not care. I was just answering his ? :rockon:

kmcrane 02-01-2012 03:40 PM

alright, im moving forward with my uds build. im going to pick up a $10 race fuel drum friday (i was worried about the fuel tank but thought about how many large offset smokers are made from old lp tanks). i have a salvaged old smokey grill (extra large) for grates and lid. im gonna build my charcoal basket out of my "repurposed" shopping cart (worried about being galvanized but checked areas where paint was chipped away and much to my delight i noticed surface rust which means not galvanized correct?!?) so its looking like i will have sweet blue billowing out of this thing while only spending like $30 unless something goes seriously wrong. wish me luck!

Lawdog's Smokewagon 02-01-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by brickie (Post 1933891)
Aren't most shopping carts galvanized? You can get the steel grate most of us use at homedepot for $20.Throw a 20% HF coupon on it and you pay $16.

brickie

Will HD accept Harbor Freight coupons?

Lawdog's Smokewagon 02-01-2012 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by micnic (Post 1934272)
Dude, I have never seen hydrogen or any gas transported in steel drum - did you? They use special gas cylinders.

And I never said that metal is "so porous" it is somewhat, but go head and use it I do not care. I was just answering his ? :rockon:

Those "Special Cylinders " are made of steel. A little thicker guage but steel. Surface of steel is not smooth it is microscopically rough but not pourous by no means it does not absorb.

kmcrane 02-03-2012 03:30 PM

picked up my drum and some plumbing odds and ends today
 
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I picked up my drum today to begin my UDS build. I am in the process of rinsing out with dish soap and water before i begin the beheading process. I also stopped by home depot and picked up my pipe nipples and caps. I still need to get to harbor freight to pick up my one inch ball valve (considerably cheaper than home depot especially with the 20% off and free multimeter. My Old Smokey lid fit pretty good, does need a little fine tuning but not bad for now. This is going to be a fun build.

Lawdog's Smokewagon 02-03-2012 06:43 PM

That looks good already!


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