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Barbarian 10-03-2008 11:52 AM

I don't think I would use a drum that had contained motor oil.
I would search more for a drum that held food grade product or buy a new one.
It is just not worth the chance, IMHO.

burgs95 10-06-2008 10:15 AM

Well, I' ve just read through all 100 pages. Awesome thread. Anyone here from the upstate of SC? I'm having trouble finding a food grade drum. Thanks

Chris

jdub 10-06-2008 12:06 PM

An easy way to find the right drum
 
Go to a scrap metal yard. They may or may not have a suitable drum-probably won't.
BUT-the guys there know where EVERY pile of used drums in your town is and what was in them and who put them there.
Worked for me!

baconator 10-06-2008 12:17 PM

To echo everyone else, this is an awesome thread with lots of great info. I'm looking for a drum now so I can build my own. Thanks!:-D

Mike

ComputerMike 10-06-2008 04:25 PM

I did my first cook, an over night at that and I was estatic. 18 hours and it was still holding steady at 225. I would have kept going but I ran out of meat to cook. All day I kept telling my wife "Did I mention how much I like my new BBQ?" or "Did I mention how well my UDS worked?". She just rolls her eyes.

gooose53 10-07-2008 08:13 AM

ComputerMike, know the feeling...just about finished with my drum and my asked me what is that thing in the back yard....when I told her it was a smoker I'm building....she said you already have to many smokers/grills, why do you need another one????? Can you really have too many???? I say not!!!

h20loo 10-07-2008 09:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ComputerMike (Post 752413)
I did my first cook, an over night at that and I was estatic. 18 hours and it was still holding steady at 225. I would have kept going but I ran out of meat to cook. All day I kept telling my wife "Did I mention how much I like my new BBQ?" or "Did I mention how well my UDS worked?". She just rolls her eyes.

Mike- my wife thought I lost it when I put a winter coat on my barrel and then took pictures. She wasn't sure but she thought it might be better if I was taking pictures of women!! The barrel wrap is on this thread.

garyk1398 10-07-2008 12:47 PM

I'm just finished burnin my drum and had another question for the pros. Before I sand/grind out the inside do I rinse out the black, scorched stuff first, then grind away? After grinding do ya rinse or just start seasoning it with crisco?

ON THE FARM 10-07-2008 02:29 PM

I take mine to the car wash and blast as much out of it as i can, then use the garden hose after the wire wheel.
when its good and clean then season.

ribet69 10-08-2008 08:28 PM

Hi this is the best thread i've ever read and thanks for all the info and now to my question . If i can get a stainless steel barrel for 75 to 100 dollars is that a good deal ? or should i just get a regular barrel ? thanks for your help.

Mike

Mattzilla 10-08-2008 08:35 PM

Personal preference. Like BLING?

A $20 dollar barrel is just as good.

Barbarian 10-08-2008 08:52 PM

I would go fro a stainless for $100 in a heartbeat.
But have not seen one yet.

Bbq Bubba 10-08-2008 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by garyk1398 (Post 753036)
I'm just finished burnin my drum and had another question for the pros. Before I sand/grind out the inside do I rinse out the black, scorched stuff first, then grind away? After grinding do ya rinse or just start seasoning it with crisco?

You put water in a drum, you get instant rust...

Blow it out good and wipe out with a rag, assemble and season! :biggrin:

Gemp 10-08-2008 10:07 PM

All right, I'm officially in this epic thread.......:cool:

I finally got most of the parts I need to build my 1st UDS.

1) Free 55 gal drum....Check
1) $20 22.5 Weber Kettle....Check
1) New 22.5 grate....Check
Misc. Black pipe,caps & ball valve....Check

Questions...

What are your .02 on using alum. as a ash pan? Its bare and uncoated.

How deep all most of you putting the nipples in the drum?

I'll post some build pics soon. Thanks Guys, Ed

Barbarian 10-08-2008 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gemp (Post 754058)
Questions...

What are your .02 on using alum. as a ash pan? Its bare and uncoated.

How deep all most of you putting the nipples in the drum?

Ed,
Unless you cut the bottom out like I did why do you need an ash pan? It will be a pain to get out without spilling ashes along the sides.

On the intake nipples I don't think it matters much, I just made sure that the conduit nut had a couple of turns to tighten down. I know some set the charcoal basket on the intakes, but I did not.

Love to see the build after your done.


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