[UPDATE 1-17-12] {COMPLETED!!!} First UDS Build {Completed Pictures}

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by goodolsmokey, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. goodolsmokey

    goodolsmokey Newbie

    Hello everybody,

    I picked up my 55 gallon drum yesterday and I'm hoping to get this thing up and smoking asap! I don't have a lot of building experience so, I'm hoping I can get some good insight from you all, and I'll be documenting my build (lots of pics) so hopefully this can end up being a resource for future first time uds builders as well.

    I picked up what I was told was a food grade drum yesterday and initially I thought it may have had a "tan liner" inside but I tried scraping it today and it seems like maybe it's just paint? IDK, would a liner be that easy to remove? If it is just paint what would be the best way to scrub the rest off? Doing a burn isn't possible (still living with the folks ;) )

    The inside of the barrel top that I scraped.

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    The whole shabang!

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    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  2. dpeart

    dpeart Smoke Blower

    I used paint stripper on mine to remove the paint on the outside.  I didn't have anything on the inside.

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  3. goodolsmokey

    goodolsmokey Newbie

  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    I would just build one heck of a fire in it and let it rip. Then make you a uds smoker.
     
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When I make mine drums I just burn them out really well and all of the paint just burns right off the outside.
     
  6. goodolsmokey

    goodolsmokey Newbie

    Doing a burn isn't an option sadly. I'm more concerned with the tan paint/liner?? too, i'm not especially worried with the looks at this point, I just want to Q! lol
     
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Why can't you burn it out?
     
  8. goodolsmokey

    goodolsmokey Newbie

    I live with my folks and there's no way there letting me start a fire like that in the backyard lol...even if I am going to school to become a firefighter [​IMG]

    I picked up a sander from my uncle today and played with it on the lid...this doesn't seam like the liner i've been reading about???? idk though...this was just using a used piece of sandpaper that didn't seem very coarse, gonna scrounge up some change (literally lol) and pick up some rougher kind tomorrow hopefully.

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    My uncle also gave me some acid, he said it's not that strong, (it was in a jug that resembled a milk jug) and he said I could use that too...idk though, do you guys think that would be safe?
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  9. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Maybe go to the Fire dept and see if they will let you burn it out there.  They could make it into some kind of training for them.  Just trying to think outside the box,
     
  10. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    I probably wouldn't have used the gas but if you burned it out really good it should be ok.
     
  11. goodolsmokey

    goodolsmokey Newbie

    Ok, sorry for the delay. But here are the pictures after the burn, a wash and some sanding (by hand)

    I'm seeing these light patches in the metal, i'm not sure if it's just a product of the burn or what, any idea how to remove those?

    also on the bottom, does that look normal? I don't know if that's a product of using the gasoline and lighter fluid or what.

    Anyway I have the holes drilled and I should be getting my bolts and grate soon, the only thing to do now is look for some expanded metal for the fire box.

    Also instead of doing another burn with wood, would going over the drum with a torch be enough to steralize it from the gas? because I'm really nlooking forward to scrubbing the soot out of this thing again lol

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    Is that discoloration towards the bottom rust?

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  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good start!
     
  13. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    You're doing a great job so far.  Keep up the good work.  [​IMG]
     
  14. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Like Al side good start
     
  15. goodolsmokey

    goodolsmokey Newbie

    Well it's pretty much all done, I think i'm going to add a hook on the inside to hang on the side when I need to tend to the meat.

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    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  16. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like you got it nailed 
     
  17. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  18. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes this is a nice smoker .great job you did well done [​IMG]
     
  19. Suggestion:

    Tack weld 4 short lengths (2-3") of rebar to the bottom of your charcoal grate to raise up off the floor of your cooker.  That lets air up under your fuel and gives the ash somewhere to go beside sitting in place and possibly smothering your fuel.  Looks great.  These are a blast to build IMO. As for the bottom, that is normal.  I wouldn't worry about the gasoline issue much, if it burned well, that gas and its fumes are long gone.  Plus, when you spray the inside down with PAM or your chosen cooking oil for seasoning, the seasoning process will create a nice coating on the inside and you will be good to go.
     

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