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NASCARican 04-27-2010 08:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dexter (Post 1264691)
After reading through all of these post, I have finally finished 3 ugly drums smokers. My husband thought I was nuts. I found 2 unlined barrels with lids for 10 dollars, and someone gave me the other one.



http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...bledrummer.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...glereddrum.jpg

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...gledrummer.jpg

They look sweet!! You might need a little more exhaust on the flat lids though(most have used at least 2" of exhaust)...have you stoked them up yet? Let us know how it goes...I could be wrong. :confused:

McGurk 04-27-2010 08:39 PM

Dexter/Cynthia: Ditto on the exhaust comment on the flat-lids. I'd hate to see you have stale smoke flavor in your cooks. The rule of thumb is to have similar exhausts to your max intake openings. Let us know how they work!

woodbutcher1: Gotcha on the temps, I forgot we had a back-n-forth about temps back there. I think we all agree now! Thanks!

Dexter 04-27-2010 09:28 PM

McGurk and NASCARican, I was concerned about this also. When reading the post I was aware of the 2" exhaust pipe. I decided to try this knowing that I could always add another hole. Right now I have 2 3/4 inch exhaust pipes(holes) on top. I started to season the drums at 1:15 pm and the temps went up to about 500 degrees. It is 8:25 pm now and the temp is right at 375 degrees. Do you think I should go ahead and add another hole. I would hate to cook up a batch of stale tasting meat, and if so should one more 3/4 inch exhaust pipe be sufficient and should it be on the other side of the lid. Any help definitely appreciated

McGurk 04-27-2010 11:16 PM

It can't hurt. A very popular method is 8 1/2" holes, circled around the outer edge for exhaust. I would think 4) 3/4" holes would suffice as the area in square inches is close to the same. No exhaust stacks are needed, so holes would be fine. Those temps make me worry that you are holding some heat in, but I'm not sure if that's the case or not.

BruceKWHP 04-27-2010 11:39 PM

3 ! holy smokes, and I am still trying to get my first one done....

Doc Robinson 04-28-2010 11:07 AM

I spent the evening building my UDS. This is what I did for the fire basket. I have no welding skills so I did what I could...any suggestions:

I used the charcoal pan and grate (15.5") from my ECBrinkmann for the ash pan and charcoal grate:

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...0/FirePan1.jpg

I used two 24" x 12" sheets of expanded steel from Lowes and used hex bolts and washers to secure them together. Then I used tin snips to cut and fold the bottom so I could secure the basket to the grate and pan with more bolts and washers.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...0/FirePan2.jpg

Then I drilled 1/4" holes about every 3 inches around the ash pan for airflow to the bottom of the charcoal grate.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...0/FirePan3.jpg

N8man 04-28-2010 11:26 AM

From what I can see it looks like
you captured the bent expanded metal between two nuts
per bolt along the lip of the ash pan? You may want to replace the bottom nut with a wing nut per bolt to allow you ease of disposal
of the ashes from pan.
Other than that suggestion, Excellent Job!!!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doc Robinson (Post 1265204)
I spent the evening building my UDS. This is what I did for the fire basket. I have no welding skills so I did what I could...any suggestions:

I used the charcoal pan and grate (15.5") from my ECBrinkmann for the ash pan and charcoal grate:

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...0/FirePan1.jpg

I used two 24" x 12" sheets of expanded steel from Lowes and used hex bolts and washers to secure them together. Then I used tin snips to cut and fold the bottom so I could secure the basket to the grate and pan with more bolts and washers.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...0/FirePan2.jpg

Then I drilled 1/4" holes about every 3 inches around the ash pan for airflow to the bottom of the charcoal grate.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...0/FirePan3.jpg


Doc Robinson 04-28-2010 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by N8man (Post 1265218)
From what I can see it looks like
you captured the bent expanded metal between two nuts
per bolt along the lip of the ash pan? You may want to replace the bottom nut with a wing nut per bolt to allow you ease of disposal
of the ashes from pan.
Other than that suggestion, Excellent Job!!!!

Thanks! That's exactly what I did. In the bottom of the ash pan, I have three 1" holes drilled that close up with a rotating damper. I installed that when I was modding my ECB, which will now be replaced by my UDS. Hopefully those will make it easier to shake out the ash as well.

Do most of you use briquettes or lump?

N8man 04-28-2010 11:50 AM

For the most part, I use Kingsford Briqs along with a few fist sized
chunks of wood, but I have also used lump on occasion
and I think it's a matter of availability and personal
preference on which you choose to use...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doc Robinson (Post 1265236)
Thanks! That's exactly what I did. In the bottom of the ash pan, I have three 1" holes drilled that close up with a rotating damper. I installed that when I was modding my ECB, which will now be replaced by my UDS. Hopefully those will make it easier to shake out the ash as well.

Do most of you use briquettes or lump?


Skidder 04-28-2010 03:47 PM

My forth UDS is done and seasoned ready for the 1st comp of the year.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...r1/004-3-1.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...r1/002-1-1.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...der1/003-2.jpg

N8man 04-28-2010 04:22 PM

Skidder, Love those shelves, Man!!!!

Skidder 04-28-2010 04:30 PM

I had them on my second UDS then I found this hinged lid and put them on this one instead.

Paul B 04-28-2010 08:27 PM

I just modded my SS UDS to use an austrailian Auspit (SS) and a ROL (SS).

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...2/DSCF5750.jpg
This is a shot of the auspit mounted on the drum with the expander ring I fabbed up out of some scrap SS I had laying around.

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...2/DSCF5749.jpg
This is a closeup of the mounting of the auspit on the drum.

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...2/DSCF5747.jpg
This is a closeup of the auspit with the ROL attached. I could also just use spit spikes for roasts and such.

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...2/DSCF5745.jpg
This is a shot with the lid on, the ROL is under the lid and everything works. Now just have to load with food and give it a test run!!:-D:-D

Still keeping true to an all SS drum,rotis,attaching parts and ROL :wink::wink::heh::heh:.

Paul B
SS UDS
SS Auspit
SS ROL

devious 04-28-2010 08:34 PM

super nice paul b

peppasawce 04-28-2010 08:43 PM

guys those are nice drums, all of them


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