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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:

Cliff H. 02-28-2008 08:33 PM

Looks like you will be eating good this weekend Puff.

Norcoredneck 02-28-2008 08:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by puff (Post 574870)
Sorry double post :icon_blush:
Sorry double post :icon_blush:

Stutter!

txschutte 02-28-2008 09:31 PM

Love the tip! Where did youget it? Was it pre-threaded?

puff 02-29-2008 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by txschutte (Post 574995)
Love the tip! Where did youget it? Was it pre-threaded?

Thanks. I picked up a piece of 2 in threaded pipe for the big hole on the drum. The chrome tip has 2 set screws on the side. Just slid it over and tightened them.

bigmeatbbq 02-29-2008 03:50 PM

Lid problem solved....
 
Been having a hard time finding the time to work on my UDS.Been fighting health problems with my wife. Anyway I've been on the hunt for a weber lid for my UDS and have struck out. A friend at work suggested searching freecycle.com so, I signed up Tuesday with a local chapter, posted what I was looking for. Today I get home and got two e-mails from people wanting to GIVE me their Weber kettles!! I suggest that anyone looking for or wanting to give away something sign up on their local freecycle group. I was looking for weeks for a lid and in two days I got two of them. Build Pics and first smoke pics will follow.

SteevieG 02-29-2008 07:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thirdeye (Post 491068)
I visited with ChiliMacDaddy and Norco this week about the ash scoop I made for my BDS's last year and thought it would be a good time to re-visit the pictures. I basically ground the front of the hoe to match the radius of the drum, then took a strip of thin steel and welded it to the hoe to box it in.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...9bfa8566-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...S/9bfa8566.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...S/b9f9e047.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...S/1cdc9afc.jpg


That was one farken great scooper until I saw the pink padding...... :shock:

Bentley 03-02-2008 07:15 PM

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...s/IMG_1676.jpg

Well I somewhat finished the 2nd and last UDS! My sister made fun of my paint job, but that is par for the course!

Off to put it up for sale on Craigs List! Hey maybe I should donate it to a company and see if they would be my sponser! Yeah..lot of tie in w/Duracell and BBQ!

chinesebob 03-02-2008 07:56 PM

Great looking thing you got there. Congrats. I've heard that cooking for them once or twice might be enough.

jiarby 03-02-2008 10:22 PM

hey chinesebob///

where'd you get that valve on the smoke stack?? (on your website) looks like a spicewine one.

Norcoredneck 03-03-2008 03:18 AM

Hey Bently i noticed you were hiding it from the neighbors behind the sheet. Is it out of embarassment or worried they will jack it?
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...s/IMG_1676.jpg

Dr_KY 03-03-2008 03:46 AM

Norco it's slightly hidded because there may be a neighbouring blond housewife thinking he's making some sort of jumbo bomb.



For my next build I'm thinking a single 1.1/2 '' ball on the bottom and a 2'' opening on the top. Am I doing too much?

Bentley 03-03-2008 09:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 577705)
Hey Bently i noticed you were hiding it from the neighbors behind the sheet. Is it out of embarassment or worried they will jack it?


I am more worried you are going to find the listing on Craigs List and share it here and then I will be really embarased! If he does Brothers, remember ..."Sell the sizzle, not the Steak..." LOL

JP 03-04-2008 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bentley (Post 577896)
I am more worried you are going to find the listing on Craigs List and share it here and then I will be really embarased! If he does Brothers, remember ..."Sell the sizzle, not the Steak..." LOL

Did you sell it? I can't find it on craigslist, I saw it there yesterday!

swamprb 03-04-2008 02:42 AM

Just curious if anyone has sold any UDS's on craigslist? I've gotten a few inquiries but no firm obligations. I am donating one as a door prize at a BBQ class and doing a cooking demo on it. They were showstoppers at the comps I cooked at and everyone had to stop and talk to me about them. I'd probably starve if I were a salesman!

Smokin Gator 03-04-2008 06:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by swamprb (Post 578558)
Just curious if anyone has sold any UDS's on craigslist? I've gotten a few inquiries but no firm obligations.

I've had one on CL for months... a few nibbles but no bites!!!

Bentley 03-04-2008 09:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JP (Post 578545)
Did you sell it? I can't find it on craigslist, I saw it there yesterday!


Yeah, it sold in 12 hours to a fellow CBBQA member! I had 3 responses from Craig's List but it was already sold so I pulled it!

swamprb 03-04-2008 10:09 AM

The nibbles I got were from the PNWBA members.

CarrsvilleSmoker 03-05-2008 08:21 AM

Wow, this thread is great. I think I may have found a 55 gallon drum, the only problem is it previously contained methanol. Would this drum be safe to use after a few good burns or should I avoid it all together and continue to search for something food grade. Thanks.

Bottles 'n Bones BBQ 03-05-2008 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarrsvilleSmoker (Post 579700)
Wow, this thread is great. I think I may have found a 55 gallon drum, the only problem is it previously contained methanol. Would this drum be safe to use after a few good burns or should I avoid it all together and continue to search for something food grade. Thanks.

Indy Fuel...!!!

If it was pure methanol (ie...no additives), I would assume it would burn completely and leave no residue at all. However, I'll leave the official/final word on that to the experts.

I Emailed my Pop for his input (Chem Eng), so hopefully he answers in a fairly timely manner.

Barbarian 03-05-2008 11:09 AM

Personally I would look around for a bakery or cookie factory and try to get one that had food stuff in it. They are around.

Bottles 'n Bones BBQ 03-05-2008 12:45 PM

Isn't the result of Methanol combustion, Carbon Dioxide and Water (steam)? I think the determining factor would be if all the Methanol would be burned away or otherwise evaporate...

Not quite as exciting excercise as the plane on the conveyor belt, but what the *heck*...:wink:

CarrsvilleSmoker 03-05-2008 01:44 PM

Thanks for the replies, it seems all the bakeries in my area (south eastern VA) have never heard of a 55 gallon steel drum. I will keep my eyes on the lookout. With all these great looking UDS smokers on here I want to make mine asap and get er cooking.

h20loo 03-05-2008 01:51 PM

I don't know if the methanol would be as toxic as the food grade painted liner I burnt out. I think food grade only refers to the lining in solid form- not under heat. And yes I did hAVE two bigass fires to try to remove this stuff and got down to bare metal.

Bottles 'n Bones BBQ 03-05-2008 02:50 PM

Stainsless Steel...
 
Stainless Steel plumbing hardware...nipples, elbows, caps, nuts and what not...for you UDS building pleasure.

http://www.plumbingsupply.com/stainles.html

Bottles 'n Bones BBQ 03-14-2008 12:19 PM

Well, after a week of sea trials...the Amp Energy, National Guard #88 N8man Drumpit clone is ready for final completion. Held real constant (and adjustable) temps...more~so with briqs than with lump. No surprise there, same happens with my other drum.

Only real diff from the drumpit is the exhaust is 1 1/2" Dia. instead of 2" and is a few inches shorter with corresponding shorter intake (I ain't six foot six...:-P). Also used, 3/4" nips instead of 1".

Now just gotta disassemble, burn out again, metal prep, #88 paint job, reasemble, buy a Weber lid handle (Westlakes was out of 'em) and send it on a one~way ticket to Talladega, Alabama. Gonna try the sheet magnets too instead of a ball valve or fabricating a vent cover. Though I may send down an intake ball valve as an added sales feature...

N8man's got him a real good design there...(hoists beverage in air...(coffee))!!! I'll probably build another on for myself. But...some lucky unwashed, drunken race fan down at 'Dega sure is gonna like this one!!! :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/at...5&d=1205512268


http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/at...6&d=1205512268

N8man 03-14-2008 12:54 PM

Aw...Shucks!!!:icon_blush: It's the Vast Knowledge Base presented by The Brethren Collective that provides us all with insights, ideas and great successes!!!

wlh3 03-14-2008 01:02 PM

Yeah what N8man said pick out the ideas you like and go for it. but the rule of pron is the only rule:icon_bigsmil

puff 03-14-2008 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by N8man (Post 588581)
Aw...Shucks!!!:icon_blush: It's the Vast Knowledge Base presented by The Brethren Collective that provides us all with insights, ideas and great successes!!!

http://bestsmileys.com/clapping/2.gif
Well said!

Dr_KY 03-16-2008 10:39 AM

Oh yes!! Just returned from the MIL's dropping off a drum for her and picking up the last one she burned out for me. I'll start cleaning it up and building next weekend.

http://i28.tinypic.com/p1smd.jpg

http://i32.tinypic.com/2d91vzn.jpg

Mokin Bandit 03-18-2008 03:21 PM

Would you guys burn it once if it had soy bean oil in it? I would think that would be perfect for the first smoke and its alreay black so i could paint it as needed.

tntitan 03-18-2008 04:05 PM

if it had paint on the inside you will need to burn it off

h20loo 03-18-2008 04:16 PM

[quote=Mokin Bandit;592037]Would you guys burn it once if it had soy bean oil in it? I would think that would be perfect for the first smoke and its already black so i could paint it as needed.-


What ever it takes to get to bare metal inside. Most food grade barrels have a liner of epoxy or vinyl etc. This must be burnt off to bare metal. Taake care to avoid the toxic smoke.

Mokin Bandit 03-18-2008 05:47 PM

It appears to be bare. Its shiny and clean... except for some remaining oil. Do you think i should burn it once just to be safe?

Dr_KY 03-18-2008 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mokin Bandit (Post 592037)
Would you guys burn it once if it had soy bean oil in it? I would think that would be perfect for the first smoke and its alreay black so i could paint it as needed.

I say burn it, I ork with that oil daily and it's not the food grade stuff so just be safe and get burning.

JD McGee 03-18-2008 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dr_KY (Post 592235)
I say burn it, I ork with that oil daily and it's not the food grade stuff so just be safe and get burning.


Mine had olive oil in it...I just wiped it out and fired up a full basket of cheap Rancher briqs so I could play with the vents just to get an idea of how she burned before puttin' some grub on. :-P

Dr_KY 03-19-2008 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JD McGee (Post 592251)
Mine had olive oil in it...I just wiped it out and fired up a full basket of cheap Rancher briqs so I could play with the vents just to get an idea of how she burned before puttin' some grub on. :-P

I'll be knocking it out tomorrow and hopefully cooking myself a birthday brisket. :-D
After the burn...
http://i26.tinypic.com/2z52hpz.jpg

Bit of primer and paint...


http://i28.tinypic.com/oghv7d.jpg

http://i31.tinypic.com/2zfkbq9.jpg

Dr_KY 03-19-2008 09:22 PM

Had a section of stainless put together last week to use on sunny days and went back today realizing we dont get many so had a spare done for when it's raining.

It measures two inches so it fits directly into the bung on the lid..

http://i27.tinypic.com/2zf5rix.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/s58s2p.jpg

http://i25.tinypic.com/v8233b.jpg

http://i28.tinypic.com/sfcetl.jpg

Norcoredneck 03-19-2008 09:24 PM

Looking like your on you way. Gotta ask, Using those MM things or those superior inches?:biggrin:

Dr_KY 03-19-2008 09:31 PM

LOLOLOL Man I couldn't tell ya I just went to see my buddy and said I would need his help with some welding after I pillaged his shop.

Actually it reads both = 2" X 50mm ( see they are coming around to the right side over here.) :D

I left the shop thinking I should have say an 1" x 14" made for the intake with the elbow and a ball valve but I really don't want it hanging out too far from the drum.

Stainless is cool!!

Browser 03-20-2008 04:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dr_KY (Post 593166)
Had a section of stainless put together last week to use on sunny days and went back today realizing we dont get many

Oh, you've noticed then:mrgreen:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dr_KY (Post 593166)
Actually it reads both = 2" X 50mm ( see they are coming around to the right side over here.):biggrin:

Noooo, we are slowly dragging you around to our way of thinking, get it right man!:wink:

Looks like you'r gonna win battle of the drums (for speed of construction and commissioning for use anyway):wink:

Dr_KY 03-20-2008 04:23 AM

I don't know man I plan on falling off a barstool sometime before 3PM today ( :icon_clownbirthday mod :icon_clown) so it may not be a great day for smoking. There is one other wall to climb, unless I pirate the temp gauge from the other drum I'm still at least a week away so you still have a chance at wining the tea party. lol

Dr_KY 03-21-2008 12:29 PM

Ready to drill for the grate, I'll only have one for now because of the lack of Weber dome lids so how far from the top would you guys recomend? I was thinking about eight inches should work and give room for a bird and a rib rack.

Browser 03-21-2008 03:18 PM

As long as it's 609.6mm (24 inches:wink:) from the upper surface of the fire grate it will be OK.:grin:

pskahan 03-21-2008 06:04 PM

Newbie Building a UDS
 
Not sure what I'm doing, but after reading the entire thread, I had to give it a shot. Got a reconditioned drum and some miscellaneous parts and started building. Did an initial burn with charcoal after torching the inside with a propane torch. Today's goal was go as hot as possible to help burn off anything that shouldn't be in there. Tomorrow I'll go for long-term temperature control. Soon I'll throw some real meat on this thing and see how it goes!

ipls3355 03-21-2008 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pskahan (Post 594561)
Not sure what I'm doing, but after reading the entire thread, I had to give it a shot. Got a reconditioned drum and some miscellaneous parts and started building. Did an initial burn with charcoal after torching the inside with a propane torch. Today's goal was go as hot as possible to help burn off anything that shouldn't be in there. Tomorrow I'll go for long-term temperature control. Soon I'll throw some real meat on this thing and see how it goes!

Welcome to the drumhood. Now get to Cattle Call and tell us all about yourself:-D


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