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Barbarian 02-24-2008 11:59 AM

A welding shop did the bending and welding. I would like to get a welder but don't know about doing the bending. I am going to take it to a friend who welds and have him put a bead all the way around to make it more airtight. Right now it has two little 1/2" holes in the top and it leaks the smoke around the band. I think I will put in one 3" dia. x 4" tall smoke stake when I get the welding done and plug the two little holes.

I put the two grates in the same height as everyone else seems to do. I don't know that I need a 8" tall lid maybe could get by with a 5" or 6" one if you were not going to do a turkey on the top shelf. I have not looked into the temp difference in the lid. I did ribs yesterday and had the probe on the lower grate, it held between 225 & 240 for the 4.5 hour cook with little adjustment.

One thought for Chinese Bob an easy way to double your cooking space would be to cut a donor drum at the top rib, flatten that out and weld a band on that so that it would fit over the top of a UDS and use a kettle lid or one like mine. That give you two more grates which double your cooking space without getting as crazy as Smooookin and going two drums tall. I know this will work, because my first attempt at the lid I did this but it did not fit over the UDS lip. But my buddy that built with me had cut off the lip on his and it fits great on his. So I gave it to him and he now has an extention that is easy to put on and adds two grates to his UDS.

Dr_KY 02-24-2008 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by chinesebob (Post 570811)
yep.

Then wouldn't you have to season it after using it as a fire box? Wouldn't it be easier just to find another drum and give it a new life as a fire box?

chinesebob 02-25-2008 07:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Dr_KY (Post 570957)
Then wouldn't you have to season it after using it as a fire box? Wouldn't it be easier just to find another drum and give it a new life as a fire box?

I thought about that but the little one is pretty much intended to be a dedicated grill/abt smoker. so shouldn't be a problem. I still wonder about the heat volume but this is half the fun.

milehigh 02-25-2008 11:21 AM

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Started my drum this weekend. Borrowed a hydraulic knockout from an electrician friend and made short order os my botton vent holes. Also made a sloped firebox measuring 15.5" x 15.5" on top and 8" square on bottom.

Bbq Bubba 02-25-2008 12:39 PM

Another woodworker gone to metal fabing......i love it!!:wink:

milehigh 02-25-2008 12:49 PM

Work with what you got huh? Bubba. :-D Speaking of that- hows your wood mobile base working out. Any changes you would make?

Bbq Bubba 02-25-2008 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by milehigh (Post 571946)
Work with what you got huh? Bubba. :-D Speaking of that- hows your wood mobile base working out. Any changes you would make?

No, it works fine, somebody mentioned a round base so as not to stub your toe's, might be next project....

SteevieG 02-25-2008 08:12 PM

Well, after 2 days of reading I'm ready to read again and take notes this time. This has been the most fun I've ever had reading a 50+ page thread. Thank you everyone for all the designs and when I get started I'll post pictures and such.

SteevieG 02-26-2008 08:14 AM

THE MOTHERLODE...

I just ran across this ad. The place is about 40 miles away. I may get 10 of 'em and see what I can do with all the great ideas I've gotten from this thread. :biggrin:


MEATAL DRUMS $10.00 . I ALSO HAVE ALOT OF PLASTIC RAIN BARRELS FOR $ 12.00 A PIECE.


http://images.craigslist.org/0103120...fede00a681.jpg

Browser 02-26-2008 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by SteevieG (Post 572540)
THE MOTHERLODE...

I just ran across this ad. The place is about 40 miles away. I may get 10 of 'em and see what I can do with all the great ideas I've gotten from this thread. :biggrin:


MEATAL DRUMS $10.00 . I ALSO HAVE ALOT OF PLASTIC RAIN BARRELS FOR $ 12.00 A PIECE.


http://images.craigslist.org/0103120...fede00a681.jpg

It's all right for you guys in the US, you tell someone here that you are building a BBQ smoker out of a drum they think you mean it'll be mounted horizontally and cut in half with the top half hinged to the bottom and a large grill accross the length/width. When you explain that you mean a smoker not a grill they generally look blankly at you, then say "Ohhh, a smoker, so what, you're gonna be makin' kippers an' stuff in it, yeah?" Err, no, this is hot smoking, "Oh, what the difference then?" The clue's in the name you muppet, hot as opposed to cold smoking:rolleyes:
Mind you, I described ABT's to a chilli-loving colleague and he sounded interested so I might have one convert to sweet blue:-D

puff 02-28-2008 03:54 PM

After reading 57 pages :shock: I decided to see what all the comotion was about the UDS. So I built one. It took about 12 beers to put together thanks to all this info on this thread. You guys are the greatest! I'd like to give a special thanks to BBQ Bubba & Cliff H. for answering all the questions I had. Thanks guys :wink:
Hopefully I'll get her seasoned up and cookin' this weekend. :biggrin:


A few pics of the build.

First off because of this..........:icon_blush:

http://aycu32.webshots.com/image/442...6089161_rs.jpg

....I added the handle for easy removal of the charcoal basket.

http://aycu29.webshots.com/image/468...4258436_rs.jpg

http://aycu12.webshots.com/image/445...9594260_rs.jpg

A little chrome and she's ready to go :cool:

http://aycu05.webshots.com/image/463...3297161_rs.jpg

Bbq Bubba 02-28-2008 04:06 PM

Awesome job Paul, didn't realize you were doin any welding..
Love the exhaust tip, exactly what i've been lookin for!!!:twisted:
Fire that baby up get to cookin!! :wink:

puff 02-28-2008 07:22 PM

This weekend bud.
Your more than welcome to come on down "South" for some good eats :-D

puff 02-28-2008 07:24 PM

Firing up this weekend!
You're more than welcome to come on down "South" for some good eats :-D

puff 02-28-2008 07:28 PM

Sorry double post :icon_blush:
Sorry double post :icon_blush:


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