The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS.

The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. (https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/index.php)
-   Q-talk (https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=5)
-   -   Ugly Drum Smoker (https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23436)

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 05:32 PM

:twisted: One thing I found a little helpful is to go ahead and drill the bottom holes before the burn. Seems to give a little more draft and hotter fire. IMHO!

Rub-A-Dub 08-26-2007 08:11 PM

can u get it sand blasted that should work

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 09:10 PM

:cool: The idea is doing it as cheep as possible...burning is kind of traditional for a UDS. Depending on sand blasting cost, you might look into a new barrel. Around here they are $65.00 new. I have found garage sale Webers for about $5.00 and you get the lid, both grates, and maybe a few extras, depending on which one you find. Again, cheap is kinda cool. And, they work fantastic!!!:eusa_clap

jgh1204 08-26-2007 09:18 PM

See the beginning of the thread for my burn out experience.

ipls3355 08-26-2007 09:26 PM

I thought of drilling the bottom holes to get a hotter fire. I was looking at the pics I posted and notices they looked a lot better then the drums looked today. It was real hot here, then I went on vacation so its been a couple weeks since I worked on these. I am not used to working with metal and didn't realize how quickly they would show surface rust (even though they are in the garage). I was dealing with more rust then paint which is why it wasn't burning off. I worked them over again and this time sprayed them with PAM since it will probably be a week till I touch them again. I'm excited about this project again.
http://home.mchsi.com/~rankin/burn3.jpg

I did have some good help today
http://home.mchsi.com/~rankin/girls1.jpg

Brian in So Cal 08-26-2007 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meat Burner (Post 450519)
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.

Can you tell me how high from the bottom you drilled the 1/2 " holes.

Thanks,
Brian

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ipls3355 (Post 451030)
I thought of drilling the bottom holes to get a hotter fire. I was looking at the pics I posted and notices they looked a lot better then the drums looked today. It was real hot here, then I went on vacation since I worked on these. I am not used to working with metal and didn't realize how quickly they would show surface rust (even though they are in the garage). I worked them over again and this time sprayed them with PAM since it will probably be a week till I touch them again.
http://home.mchsi.com/~rankin/burn3.jpg

That bad boy is ready for a fire with meat loaded on the grates. Good job...now get to Q'in.8) 8)

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 09:33 PM

Brian, 2" - 3" from the bottom is what I do. IMO, it allows some air under the firebasket for better circulation. I also use long (4" pipe nipples so the grate and/or firebasket will rest on them...up off the bottom of the barrel. Hope that helps, but check other posts for ideas as well.

Brian in So Cal 08-26-2007 09:39 PM

When you do the charcoal do you use the Minion Method for the long smoke?

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 09:45 PM

Brian, I put about 810 lbs of charcoal/lump and a few splits of whatever wood I have, then start about half chimney of charcoal and put it on top in the middle of the unlit. I get 8-10 hours this way. Bigmista is the master of the UDS. Check out some of his threads. I can get long, and I mean long burns, with more charcoal and shake or stir the basket from time to time. You will be really happy with the quality of Q this thing produces. The juices fall into the coal and burst smoke flavor all around...YUM YUM YUM!!!!!

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 09:47 PM

:eek: That is 8-10 lbs...not 810 lbs. No wander these things burn so long.:oops:

Brian in So Cal 08-26-2007 09:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meat Burner (Post 451044)
Brian, I put about 810 lbs of charcoal/lump and a few splits of whatever wood I have, !!

Hey meat burner, I am not sure I can find 810 lbs of charcoal.:-D Thanks for the tips. I have a drum just would like to get started on it. Going to pick up the items tomorrw.

Thanks again,
brian

Brian in So Cal 08-26-2007 09:50 PM

I see I did not post fast enough.

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brian in So Cal (Post 451049)
Hey meat burner, I am not sure I can find 810 lbs of charcoal.:-D Thanks for the tips. I have a drum just would like to get started on it. Going to pick up the items tomorrw.

Thanks again,
brian

:oops: :oops: Check my edit. :icon_smil

Meat Burner 08-26-2007 09:52 PM

We bad!!! Enjoy the UDS...you will be very very happy you did it.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:22 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
2003 -2012 BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.