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IronStomach 01-30-2010 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blackdog043 (Post 1162213)
I just finished reading the whole thread last night. I got a Free unlined food grade mineral oil drum from a bakery I deliver to. Question is what do I have to do to the drum before I start my build? Do I have to burn it out or can I just season it with the oil that is in it ?

Whatever you're comfortable with, really. I got a brand new unlined drum and still drilled my intake holes and burnt it out with about two full armloads of oak. The wife and myself feel pretty confident about cooking in the drum now. She wants me to paint it pretty soon, but that's another matter entirely. :-)

dboxx 01-30-2010 12:36 PM

Photos and descriptions of my build.
 
http://picasaweb.google.com/dboxx13/...eat=directlink

As promised, here are photos of my build. I got a little excited during assembly and missed some shots of the hardware.

With the exception of the handle screws and the two 3/8-inch bolts for the temperature probes, everything is stainless.

I'll take some more photos as the day goes on and the pork cooks.

Thanks again to everyone for the information.

Dave

Smokin'Ron 01-30-2010 12:44 PM

My first UDS cook, my first Pig Candy and my first fattie.

Figured I'd get out of hand so I started a dedicated thread for my pron.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=77224

rau916 01-30-2010 12:44 PM

Hanging meat
 
Has anybody drilled holes in their UDS so that they can hang meat from rebar in their UDS? I have heard people recommend this so that you can fit more meat in one barrel.

wingnut 01-30-2010 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blackdog043 (Post 1162213)
I just finished reading the whole thread last night. I got a Free unlined food grade mineral oil drum from a bakery I deliver to. Question is what do I have to do to the drum before I start my build? Do I have to burn it out or can I just season it with the oil that is in it ?

I've used mineral oil drums in the past. Assuming it's totally clean inside right now (no mineral oil residue sitting in the bottom) just do a rinse out with tide+hot water, the do your build, and then do a seasoning burn before your first cook (spray PAM inside & let it get above about 425). You should be good to go then, IMO.

IronStomach 01-30-2010 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rau916 (Post 1162345)
Has anybody drilled holes in their UDS so that they can hang meat from rebar in their UDS? I have heard people recommend this so that you can fit more meat in one barrel.

There was somebody in this thread who did just that. But you'll need to dramatically increase the height of the drum or you'll burn your meat.

d0od 01-30-2010 01:26 PM

New to the site, I was looking for info on a home made (cheap) bbq/smoker, my search led me to the UDS and then to this huge thread... I wasn't going to post till I finished it but it may take me another week to do that, I'm only on page 143.

I have acquired a drum and have all the materials. Using mostly this http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...1&postcount=86 post by Norco Redneck I have made my basket and drilled my holes. Just need to get the drum clean, but there is a burn ban in effect so I am thinking about sand blasting the it so I can get this thing done. Thank you all for info, this is the place to go for building a UDS.

IronStomach 01-30-2010 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by d0od (Post 1162396)
Thank you all for info, this is the place to go for building a UDS.

Yes, yes it is. :-) Norco's method will set you right. I followed it to the letter except in building the fire basket (wrapped expanded metal on the outside of a weber coal grate) and I haven't stuck any hardware on the intakes yet (using Bigmista's patented Bunched Up Foil methodology). Works pretty well. :-D

MushCreek 01-30-2010 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sammy_Shuford (Post 1162296)
Question on computing COST of building my UDS. I just purchased an oxygen-acetylene welding system.

Does this count in my total, or can I split the cost amoung future UDS that I may or may not build?

No. Any tools used for the build, including the aforementioned torch set, a new SawZall, a Milwaukee drill, an HVLP painting system, a pressure washer, a sand blaster, a 250 amp Miller MIG welder, a lathe, and a Bridgeport milling machine are all things the average homeowner needs anyway, and should in no way be applied towards the price of the UDS.

Crazy Harry 01-30-2010 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by d0od (Post 1162396)

but there is a burn ban in effect so I am thinking about sand blasting the it so I can get this thing done. Thank you all for info, this is the place to go for building a UDS.

burn barrels are illegal in Washington so this did not happen:biggrin:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2541/...3dec5e39_b.jpg

Smokin'Ron 01-30-2010 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy Harry (Post 1162449)
burn barrels are illegal in Washington so this did not happen:biggrin:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2541/...3dec5e39_b.jpg

Keep a pack of hotdogs or marshmallows handy It's a cooker then, you just have to eat one if the MAN shows up. :icon_bugeyed

blackdog043 01-30-2010 04:22 PM

Thanks for the info there is still a very small amount left inside, I still have to cut the top off . Drilled the intakes already. then I'll do a burn and season.

Originally Posted by blackdog043 http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/im...s/viewpost.gif
I just finished reading the whole thread last night. I got a Free unlined food grade mineral oil drum from a bakery I deliver to. Question is what do I have to do to the drum before I start my build? Do I have to burn it out or can I just season it with the oil that is in it ?

rau916 01-30-2010 11:09 PM

Charcoal/Wood Ratio
 
I am getting ready for my first cook on the new UDS. Any tips on the type of charcoal to use? How about the ratio of wood to charcoal? Best variety of wood for smoking?

sdb25 01-31-2010 01:24 AM

Easy to find charcoal that has surprising results is Stubb's. They have have it at Lowe's. Any hardwood all-natural briquet will do well. I'm not a fan of the kingsford products, but the competition variety will do in a pinch.

For wood, I use chunk hickory at about a 2:1 ratio briquets:chunks by volume in a nice even mixture.

Good luck, and don't be discouraged if things are tough controlling temps at first. These drums get way more stable after a couple cooks on them.

pigdog 01-31-2010 05:31 PM

ok, wish I'd started about 200 pages ago making one but it was a lot of great info. Did read it all.

2 questions please. What is the best way to get the liner off of the lid to keep from warping the lid? Can you hit it with the weed burner or does it need to be wheeled off?

I am dreading the liner as I am old and fat! After a couple of burns, is it sand blasted off pretty easily?

Finally, I want my firebox to resemble the one where it's like a box with a square handle coming up the barrel. Clear as mud? I took copious notes but I forgot to write down where that build was. Any ideas where it's located? I looked back over it and I can't find the design. Anyone remember, so I don't have to go through each page again? It was closer to the front I think rather than end.

thanks for help


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