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Old 08-09-2021, 12:00 PM   #13306
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Waiting on parts for my project. Was lucky enough to score a stainless steel 200 liter drum that is like new..



Thanks for all the info as I get started.
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Old 08-09-2021, 01:03 PM   #13307
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I have been using mine for some time and I love it I just never got around to figuring out how to use the hinge that the original grill used, I figured it out a few years ago and it's probably the best lid setup (for me) as I don't have to look for a place to put the lid!

I just bought the Vortex charcoal basket for it so I am excited to try it out!
https://www.hunsakersmokers.com/coll...arcoal-baskets
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Old 08-10-2021, 07:38 AM   #13308
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I have been using mine for some time and I love it I just never got around to figuring out how to use the hinge that the original grill used, I figured it out a few years ago and it's probably the best lid setup (for me) as I don't have to look for a place to put the lid!

I just bought the Vortex charcoal basket for it so I am excited to try it out!
https://www.hunsakersmokers.com/coll...arcoal-baskets
I just bit the bullet on a Hunsanker basket as well. Did first test burn with it over the weekend. The thing holds a lot of charcoal and I might have to modify my vent settings. But I was impressed with the weight of the steel. Only minor complaint I had was it looks like the basket was tack welded up the seam in only 3-4 spots. I'm sure it will hold, but surprised me a bit.

Previously I was using a standard expanded metal basket, followed by the BCF firebucket basket. My BCF started to rust out and I figured it was time to replace.

I wasn't sold on the "vortex" actually doing anything, but will have to admit that the smoke seemed to roll out of the basket differently. Will it really impact anything during the cook, who knows, but so far I'm glad I made the jump. Will be trying some ribs and butts this weekend for the real test.
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Old 08-11-2021, 12:42 PM   #13309
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I have just scored a ss drum too after years of searching for a deal.
Do you know how to search this forum for SSteeal drum builds?
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Old 08-14-2021, 08:31 AM   #13310
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Not hard to do, search UDS thread.
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Old 09-08-2021, 05:04 PM   #13311
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I’m about to start my first ever drum builds. I located two free drums and plan to build two side by side and gift one to my brother. I have a couple questions.

1. The drums had a heavy plastic liner in them and inside the liner/bag was grease. I don’t see any grease at all on the inside of the drum. Should I do a full on burn out or could I just steel wool and soapy water scrub it? If I need to burn it out would a weed burner work or should I do a full on fire?

2. They are gloss black on outside. I’ve read here that the gloss paint holds up pretty well but I want them flat black. Can I just rough up the outside and go over the gloss with a high temp flat black? Will that hold up over time?

Any and all advice appreciated!




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Old 09-08-2021, 11:07 PM   #13312
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I built mine way before he put these videos out but I did buy the parts and template from them. Smoker will hold consistent temp for hours once you get it set. I've ran it at 235-250 for a solid 20+ hrs.
Here is a playlist on a build
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...x1_1MoGHreszO9
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