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motley que 08-16-2007 02:57 PM

sell for $150 minimum or you are wasting your time

N8man 08-16-2007 02:57 PM

Selling Short!!!
I think you're selling it short!!!! You could probably sell it for four times that with no problem!!!

Bentley 08-16-2007 05:37 PM

Figured I put this here...
Any future UDS people out there?

hawgjaws 08-19-2007 02:24 PM

Future UDS People - Me
After reading this thread, I just gotta build one.In the past week (after brushing up on welding/cutting skills) I added a firebox baffle and tuning plates to my offset. Got it cooking good finally. Now I will gather parts for a UDS. Looking for a barrel on Fort Worth Freecycle now.Hope someone helps me out. Can't wait.

ipls3355 08-25-2007 12:27 PM

I relented and bought a weed burner to burn the paint out of the inside of my drums. This thing has a high cool factor but I'm concerned about doing this in town because of the noise and the smell. I hit the outside of the drum in one spot for 30 seconds or so and it didn't touch the paint on the inside. How long does it take to burn a drum with a weed burner? How much propane does it take?

brdbbq 08-25-2007 07:17 PM

Found a drum today actaully found a bunch. $12 Each. The quest has begun

Meat Burner 08-25-2007 08:58 PM

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Here's one of my UDS smokers in action today. Great smoker thanks to this forum and all the help building. Juicy chicken tonight!!!!

Norcoredneck 08-25-2007 09:54 PM

How did she control?

swamprb 08-25-2007 09:58 PM

Very nice MB!
It looks like you cut the rolled lip off the top of the drum so the Weber lid fits tight, correct? All my Red Webers have a dent in them like yours!!
I sold my NB Silver Smoker last week, no sense keeping it around when the Drums can do it all!


Meat Burner 08-25-2007 10:20 PM


Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 450499)
How did she control?

The controls are sooooo easy. Mine all have 4 1/2" ball valves. Get the temp up initially and close all half way down and it will cruise for hours and hours at 225-235.

Brian, I cut the lip off with a 4" grinder cutting blade and needed very little sanding with a grinding blade. The weber lids fit great. I did fab a couple tabs to rund the thermometer probes thru so the lid wouldn't pinch the cables. Works great. I used engine gasket material under the metal and drilled some small holes. Easy mod and works great.

Like you, I haven't used any of my other smokers since I built these. They are so cool. All of this was a result of this great forum and so many people so freely willing to help. What a great bunch.:mrgreen:

ipls3355 08-26-2007 11:30 AM

OK, I'm about ready to throw in the towel. I've built a brush fire in the drums, that worked fine for the outside paint. Attacked the inside with a barage or wire wheels, brushes and pads, that didn't do it. Torching them from the outside with a weed burner then wire wheels again still not getting all the inside paint. What the hell am I doing wrong?

Smokin Gator 08-26-2007 11:34 AM

I wish I could help... but I have never seen one with paint on the inside. The last one I did had some kind of coating as it was a food grade drum but it burned off albiet with some pretty big fires.

I would try burning again with wood. Get it really cranked up so flames are coming out of the top of the drum. If that doesn't get it then I would just look for a different drum.

Best of luck...

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 11:44 AM

I'm with Gator on the burn. One or two flaming fires with thin and dry wood pieces. Long, short, twigs, small logs, some large enough to stick out the top a foot or so. This has always worked for mine. Good luck.:shock:

ipls3355 08-26-2007 12:02 PM

I've definately been there. I thought these were food grade drums and this was the coating you're talking about, but it is stubborn chit.
Here it is after the burn and I started with the wire wheel

Here it is after wheel

I am not getting much more off with the weed burner. (but I am having fun burning the weeds in my driveway)

N8man 08-26-2007 05:25 PM

Big Burn
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I had to burn mine three times with Big Fire....
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I used 5 Freight Pallets for fuel, it did the trick!

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