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Barbarian 04-30-2009 11:13 PM

Weiser you should probably go to the Penalty Box in the Woodpile.
And you got the 3,000th post out of it, lol.

Chenernator 05-01-2009 12:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Digi (Post 914233)
24" from the bottom of the charcoal basket. so in ur case 27.5" from the bottom of the barrel. :biggrin:

If you're only going for one grate, the 24" is easy to do, but if you want two grates, then you may have to fudge it.

He can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Norcoredneck http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=43943 measures 8" down from the top of the barrel for his lower grate. If the barrel is 33 1/2" tall (like mine), then the grate is 25 1/2" above the bottom of the barrel. If your charcoal basket is 2-3" above the bottom, then the grate is 22 1/2" - 23 1/2" above the basket. Also, the bottom of the barrel is not as low as the rim of the barrel, which is where many people measure from. Net result - it seems that there is some leeway in where you put the grate.

Digi 05-01-2009 04:53 AM

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Originally Posted by pinghacker (Post 914527)
Hey Digi, Where did you find a new drum for $35?

there's a local place in the dallas area. i was actually quoted $45 on the phone, and then when i bit the bullet and decided to go get it, it was only $35... :biggrin:

Digi 05-01-2009 04:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Chenernator (Post 914747)
If you're only going for one grate, the 24" is easy to do, but if you want two grates, then you may have to fudge it.

He can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Norcoredneck http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=43943 measures 8" down from the top of the barrel for his lower grate. If the barrel is 33 1/2" tall (like mine), then the grate is 25 1/2" above the bottom of the barrel. If your charcoal basket is 2-3" above the bottom, then the grate is 22 1/2" - 23 1/2" above the basket. Also, the bottom of the barrel is not as low as the rim of the barrel, which is where many people measure from. Net result - it seems that there is some leeway in where you put the grate.

yeah on mine i just measured 27" from the bottom for the 1st grate and then just put the 2nd grate at the very top. that left me about 5.5" between the grates...

Phubar 05-01-2009 03:03 PM

I succesfully scored the Weber!
The cooking grates are a lil' rusty but I'll get them clean.
The rest seems to be intact.
Plus....the kettle fits perfect!
So far spend:2 barrels and 1 Weber 57cm/22,5"= 45,00 euro's/58,00 dollars.....plus a little time and petrol.:-D

biggs98 05-01-2009 05:58 PM

Anyone with a flat lid drum have 2 racks inside? I know it will be a little tight if you move the top rack down 3 inches or so. But maybe if you moved both down 3inches or so it'll work.

Just wondering if anyone played around with any of these ideas.

Norcoredneck 05-01-2009 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by biggs98 (Post 915173)
Anyone with a flat lid drum have 2 racks inside? I know it will be a little tight if you move the top rack down 3 inches or so. But maybe if you moved both down 3inches or so it'll work.

Just wondering if anyone played around with any of these ideas.

It works but after a few cooks you get a lot of drippings off lid and right on the meat.

biggs98 05-02-2009 06:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 915245)
It works but after a few cooks you get a lot of drippings off lid and right on the meat.

Thanks Nord.....I think might cut another drum and make a lid out of that. I saw someone do it on here.....going to have to sift through again

vinny 05-02-2009 10:17 AM

Hey Jtank i'm in ct are those barrels near here?

jaronimo 05-02-2009 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by biggs98 (Post 915173)
Anyone with a flat lid drum have 2 racks inside? I know it will be a little tight if you move the top rack down 3 inches or so. But maybe if you moved both down 3inches or so it'll work.

Just wondering if anyone played around with any of these ideas.


Mine has two racks, but its been heavily modified.
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/o...oatofpaint.jpg

biggs98 05-02-2009 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by jaronimo (Post 915589)
Mine has two racks, but its been heavily modified.
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/o...oatofpaint.jpg

Nice looking drum.... Does it leak smoke on the bottom or does the band take care of that? I was thinking of doing the total opposite. Cutting the top off a sealed lid drum and using that as my top. I guess as long as it holds good temps and cooks good Que, you're good to go!!!

Weiser 05-02-2009 04:16 PM

Biggs, I really like the idea of keeping the splice at the bottom...
Smoke rises, right?

Weiser

udoughguy 05-02-2009 05:37 PM

After about 8 cooks I've noticed quite a bit of liquid in the bottom of my UDS. I put some Floor Dry in to absorb it. Anyone else having this? I do not recall reading any commenys about this. Thanks!

Smokin' D 05-02-2009 06:03 PM

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Originally Posted by udoughguy (Post 915679)
After about 8 cooks I've noticed quite a bit of liquid in the bottom of my UDS. I put some Floor Dry in to absorb it. Anyone else having this? I do not recall reading any commenys about this. Thanks!

Yep, after each cook there is a small amount of moisture under the ash pan.
I think that this is probably some condensation just finding the lowest point in the drum.
Simply take a couple of wadded-up paper towels and give it a wipe.

wingnut 05-02-2009 06:36 PM

My Build...
 
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Well, you all have really inspired me. I just joined bbq-brethren.com thanks to this thread. I'm only half way through reading this thread, but I just finished my first UDS. Here are some pics, including my umbrella mod due to some heavy rain today.

Thanks for all the shared input and helpful advice. Good stuff.

Norcoredneck 05-02-2009 07:25 PM

Mary Poppins mod.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/at...1&d=1241307272


http://www.hollywoodstories.com/Mary.jpg

JTank70 05-02-2009 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by vinny (Post 915498)
Hey Jtank i'm in ct are those barrels near here?

Sorry vinny, they are in southern Maine. Probably a little further than you want to ride i am guessing. They were tough to find in my area but patience prevails when drum hunting believe me. Good Luck

Barbarian 05-02-2009 08:29 PM

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Hey Biggs98
Here is how I did one of my tall lids from a donor. This one is 6" tall and I took the lid and cut the center out with a sawzall using the lip as the guide, so it was a nice clean circle cut.

I made the mistake of trying to force the drum piece to fit down into the lid piece. I thought I could make some cuts and get a flush fit, not to be. You can see the vertical cuts in the pics. Next time I will just set the lid piece on the lid piece straight and weld it like that. Works great, nice and tight.

Barbarian 05-02-2009 08:32 PM

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Oh, forgot to mention I put a handle on the top and one on the side. So I pull the lid off with both handles and then holding the side one hang it on one of the intakes on my UDG.

SiouxerBrewer 05-02-2009 09:29 PM

I've been a lurker here for quite some time. Just soaking up all of the good information that everybody is contributing. I finally pulled the trigger and build a UDS. It makes some darn good BBQ. Thank you everybody for contributing.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3210/...f0ccc81a21.jpg
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3307/...440c544169.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3547/...f5b3bf6c99.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3659/...6c778e6202.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3356/...44a6227af3.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3650/...db3be71511.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3614/...12fe51427b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3333/...ec110340d3.jpg
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Cheers!

wingnut 05-02-2009 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 915746)
Mary Poppins mod.

LOL now that was funny

biggs98 05-02-2009 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barbarian (Post 915798)
Oh, forgot to mention I put a handle on the top and one on the side. So I pull the lid off with both handles and then holding the side one hang it on one of the intakes on my UDG.

Just what I was thinking. Thanks for the help. It will come in handy.

jkd9977 05-02-2009 10:07 PM

I finally joined up after lurking for awhile. Built my UDS thanks to this thread. I was sick of all the work required with my offset. Found some perfect drums, held coconut oil and had no liner. Finished up and I'm seasoning it now. Wide open its been running on 5#'s at 525 for about 4 hours now. Can't wait to Q on this sucker!

Barbarian 05-03-2009 12:27 AM

Hey SiouxerBrewer, nice lookin' UDS and pron. Welcome to the drumhead nation.

Now just waitin' for some pron from jkd9977 so he can be welcomed also.

It's great to be a drumhead.

iwasaseabee 05-03-2009 09:36 AM

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I read the entire post, followed the instruction and sucess at last!

pinghacker 05-03-2009 12:48 PM

Bid D UDS
 
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Originally Posted by iwasaseabee (Post 916065)
I read the entire post, followed the instruction and sucess at last!


Prettiest UDS yet. Love the handle. Just watched Brandon Inge knock a solo.

Nice Job Iwasaseabee! I am jealous.

Where did you get the drum?

ytsejam 05-03-2009 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by iwasaseabee (Post 916065)
I read the entire post, followed the instruction and sucess at last!

are you baking cupcakes in that thing:?:

iwasaseabee 05-03-2009 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by ytsejam (Post 916234)
are you baking cupcakes in that thing:?:


Got up first thing in the morning got the coals going and cooked som high fiber muffins for breakfast then threw on 6 racks of baby backs and 2 small briskits.

iwasaseabee 05-03-2009 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by pinghacker (Post 916216)
Prettiest UDS yet. Love the handle. Just watched Brandon Inge knock a solo.

Nice Job Iwasaseabee! I am jealous.

Where did you get the drum?


Got the barrel from a barrel refurb place in Hamtramack. real nice people.

pinghacker 05-03-2009 05:47 PM

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Originally Posted by iwasaseabee (Post 916239)
Got the barrel from a barrel refurb place in Hamtramack. real nice people.

You got any contact info? I'm working with an old dented up drum and may want to swap the drum out next year.

Skidder 05-03-2009 05:55 PM

Figured I'd just as well post the one I made that didn't cost me one American penny right down to the free paint. Oh yeah it was weld free also.Still have to put the grates and valves on it.http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...Picture037.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...cture038-1.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...Picture041.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...cture040-1.jpg
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BarberQue 05-03-2009 05:56 PM

Dude that is way to cool!!! I love it, nice job!

Barbarian 05-03-2009 06:03 PM

Skidder is it just me or is that drum a bit on the short and stubby side?????
Nice work.

Skidder 05-03-2009 06:11 PM

Approximately 34" tall and 23-1/2" wide 55 gallons. I think that's normal. Also have a Weber rotisserie so I can add a grate or two. Just have to find more free grates. My goal was to make a totally weld free UDS that didn't cost a red cent. Goal achieved.

Weiser 05-03-2009 06:52 PM

What is the Dumpster for,
your first cook? LOL!:mrgreen:

Nice looking drum Skidder.

Weiser

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Originally Posted by Skidder (Post 916417)
Approximately 34" tall and 23-1/2" wide 55 gallons. I think that's normal. Also have a Weber rotisserie so I can add a grate or two. Just have to find more free grates. My goal was to make a totally weld free UDS that didn't cost a red cent. Goal achieved.


biggs98 05-03-2009 07:44 PM

Awesome looking drum man.........I really like the flames

JTank70 05-03-2009 08:23 PM

Very very cool Skidder. Incredible for free too. You nailed it bro.

Good work.

masiewiz 05-03-2009 08:51 PM

Is that chimney brass, copper, pvc?

schoonch 05-03-2009 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by iwasaseabee (Post 916237)
Got up first thing in the morning got the coals going and cooked som high fiber muffins for breakfast then threw on 6 racks of baby backs and 2 small briskits.


Regularity mod.

Meat Burner 05-03-2009 10:44 PM

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Rain mod! A little aluminum foil and fark the rain!!!

masiewiz 05-03-2009 11:44 PM

Where's Big Mista?
 
He hasn't posted in a looong time.:?:

ssr1621 05-03-2009 11:48 PM

looking to make a 55 gal smoker
 
i have seen alot of ideas on it but would like anyones input:icon_cool

ssr1621 05-03-2009 11:59 PM

i work with a chem company they said the lining is to protect the food grade from rust and other stuff from the steel

ssr1621 05-04-2009 12:00 AM

like the rain coat
 
thats cool

Phubar 05-04-2009 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Norcoredneck (Post 915746)




Hghegheghege!!!!
Drumbrella!:grin:

Bbq Bubba 05-04-2009 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by ssr1621 (Post 916715)
i have seen alot of ideas on it but would like anyones input:icon_cool

Your kidding right?

Bbq Bubba 05-04-2009 06:52 AM

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UDS man shade...

ytsejam 05-06-2009 08:17 AM

I just fired up my drum for it's maiden voyage.
took 9 minutes to get to 250
sitting pretty at 265 now
stand by for future develepments

ytsejam 05-06-2009 10:13 AM

i monkeyed around with the lid, and it spiked up to 295.
i closed everything off, and the temp wont drop.
or at least it hasn't for about the past 30 mins.
I started filling in some of the leaks around the lid with some foil to see if that helps.
we will see

StayDown 05-06-2009 10:37 AM

Leaks around the lid? Is it a flat lid or a weber?


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