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peppasawce 04-03-2010 05:07 PM

Looks like the Tin Man from the Wizard of OZ, or better yet it looks like a High School Science Project!!! I bet that thang will cook up some nice grubb though!!!I like it

Old Smoke 04-04-2010 01:37 PM

Here are some pron of my UDS build. I was not a member then so there aren't many pics. There are some things I should have done different after reading lots of posts here. :doh: But it works. :-D I will use for now and maybe build another later.

woodbutcher1 04-05-2010 11:24 AM

This is one heck of an Awesome site for "Q". been lurking in the background and reading everything that was posted from page #1 to page#340 in the last 3 weeks. Finaly decided to register.

Starting to get some material together. I will build me a UDS.

leonard

Sub 04-05-2010 12:23 PM

After all the reading I finally got it painted this weekend, here it is:

http://imgur.com/bXBZ5.jpg

Thanks everyone for the awesome information and helpful tips

sjm845 04-05-2010 07:35 PM

Is the Eagle a magnet or did you paint it on?

peppasawce 04-05-2010 10:24 PM

Awesome UDS paint job Bro' I love the Eagle

George 04-07-2010 01:29 PM

I had to add to this thread.Wow,382 pages!
After much reading on this site and others,I decided I just had to make a UDS.I thought I'd do mine a little differently though,I made it in two pieces.I wanted easy access to the charcoal basket and I wanted easy clean out.Some people were convinced that it wouldn't work,but I'm very happy to report that it works like a charm.

I would like to thank everyone on this site for their invaluable information.It made this build so much easier and so much more enjoyable!

I put a chop blade on my skilsaw and cut the lip of the drum off.It came out better than I thought it would.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics001.jpg

The original drum with the intakes installed
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics003.jpg

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics002.jpg

I used the skilsaw again to cut it in half.Nice clean cut but a LOT of noise.Gotta use earplugs when you do this.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Pics005-1.jpg

I used 1/8" x 1 1/2" aluminum for the insert.Lots of high tech bending across the knee to get it to the proper shape.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics006.jpg

My charcoal basket is 13 x 9 and mounted on a 16" aluminum pizza pan.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Pics004-1.jpg

Here's why I wanted to cut it in half.Easy access to the charcoal and easy cleanout.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics009.jpg

as opposed to bending over into this
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics011.jpg

I test fitted everything before I put on the stove gasket.I couldn't wait and just had to fire it up to see how it would work without the gaskets.The temp control wasn't bad,but not as good as I wanted.Smoke was coming out between the 2 halves and the lid.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics012.jpg

I used 3/8" rope gasket and HT siliconed it around the inside of my old kettle lid.I had to use a crescent wrench to bend the lip out so it would fit on the drum.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics013.jpg

3/8" rope gasket siliconed around the bottom half of the drum.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics014.jpg

I used 2 draw latches to snug the top and bottom halves together.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics016.jpg

Here's the finished drum.I built it for 2 grates and there are access openings 1" under each grate for therms.All that's left to do is the fun task of wire brushing off the old paint and repainting it.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics017.jpg

Finally,the first cook! Back ribs low and slow after a couple of hours.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics019.jpg

The flavor that comes from the UDS is truly fantastic! I know it was more work than needed,but doing it this way was something that I wanted to try.I'm really pleased how it does work.I see no difference in temp control between this one and one that hasn't been cut in half.

I haven't figured out the total cost yet,but it's probably around $125 total so far without paint,but that's a guess.I could have spent more time scrounging for parts and pieces,but I wanted to get it done and fired up.

I put a chop blade on my skilsaw and cut the lip of the drum off.It came out better than I thought it would.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics001.jpg

The original drum with the intakes installed
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics003.jpg

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics002.jpg

I used the skilsaw again to cut it in half.Nice clean cut but a LOT of noise.Gotta use earplugs when you do this.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Pics005-1.jpg

I used 1/8" x 1 1/2" aluminum for the insert.Lots of high tech bending across the knee to get it to the proper shape.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics006.jpg

My charcoal basket is 13 x 9 and mounted on a 16" aluminum pizza pan.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Pics004-1.jpg

Here's why I wanted to cut it in half.Easy access to the charcoal and easy cleanout.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics009.jpg

as opposed to bending over into this
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics011.jpg

I test fitted everything before I put on the stove gasket.I couldn't wait and just had to fire it up to see how it would work without the gaskets.The temp control wasn't bad,but not as good as I wanted.Smoke was coming out between the 2 halves and the lid.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics012.jpg

I used 3/8" rope gasket and HT siliconed it around the inside of my old kettle lid.I had to use a crescent wrench to bend the lip out so it would fit on the drum.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics013.jpg

3/8" rope gasket siliconed around the bottom half of the drum.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics014.jpg

I used 2 draw latches to snug the top and bottom halves together.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics016.jpg

Here's the finished drum.I built it for 2 grates and there are access openings 1" under each grate for therms.All that's left to do is the fun task of wire brushing off the old paint and repainting it.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics017.jpg

Finally,the first cook! Back ribs low and slow after a couple of hours.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...DS/Pics019.jpg

The flavor that comes from the UDS is truly fantastic! I know it was more work than needed,but doing it this way was something that I wanted to try.I'm really pleased how it does work.I see no difference in temp control between this one and one that hasn't been cut in half.

I haven't figured out the total cost yet,but it's probably around $125 total so far without paint,but that's a guess.I could have spent more time scrounging for parts and pieces,but I wanted to get it done and fired up.

Yleekyoti 04-07-2010 07:19 PM

Nice lookin split drum!!!!! :cool:

devious 04-07-2010 07:26 PM

that eagle paint job makes my drum look Ugly again.

Rich Parker 04-07-2010 08:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by woodbutcher1 (Post 1240060)
This is one heck of an Awesome site for "Q". been lurking in the background and reading everything that was posted from page #1 to page#340 in the last 3 weeks. Finaly decided to register.

Starting to get some material together. I will build me a UDS.

leonard

There is an event in Michigan in a couple of weeks on 4/23 - 4/24 you should check out. Will be a few of us cooking on drums and maybe you could get some ideas.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=79556

Hyper 04-07-2010 09:39 PM

Well, I finally found a drum today. It's new with an open head and it's unlined which is good news. I do have one concern though. The inside has a rust inhibitor. Does anybody know what to do with that? Do I burn it out? Scrub it out? Any ideas?

AJP 04-07-2010 09:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hyper (Post 1243251)
Well, I finally found a drum today. It's new with an open head and it's unlined which is good news. I do have one concern though. The inside has a rust inhibitor. Does anybody know what to do with that? Do I burn it out? Scrub it out? Any ideas?

Burn baby burn!

Sub 04-08-2010 02:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sjm845 (Post 1240578)
Is the Eagle a magnet or did you paint it on?

magnet, i was a little worried about it falling off but it held just fine.

Rodney 04-08-2010 02:29 PM

Ya know, a UDS is undoubtedly the most kid-safe piece of outdoor cooking equipment I have ever seen. It's VERY tough to tip over, and you can't get burned on the outside of the drum when it's running at anything below 300 (I haven't installed a handle yet, and I remove the lid with bare hands at 300, by the edges). I can let my 3 and 5-year-old kids run around outside without worrying! Just another added benefit... :cool: :thumb:

rw02kr43 04-08-2010 02:52 PM

drum
 
Here's mine. It's ugly. Or so I've been told.

http://www.zeebone.com/gallery/d/80091-2/100_8810.JPG


Jason


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