I couldn't help it, I have been fighting with this little grill pro (ECB like) piece of junk and have been reading up on UDS builds you all have done.
So here is what I am using:
Drum....neighbor gave it to me
Old Uni-flame grill a guy at a flea market had in his scrap pile for the lid and grates.
I also got this old fan thing with the expanded metal to make my coal basket.
I spent $25 at Orshelns (farm store here in MO) on the ball valve, nipples, caps, nuts, bolts, washers and some re-bar wire.
I have a thermometer I bought to replace the original in my grill pro so I will install it on this unit.
The couple of questions I have are:
The lid has hinges on it and I want to try to use them, I haven't noticed that any of you have attached lids on your UDS but I thought I would try to leave them and try it.
The lid has a couple of small 1/4" holes I don't want, what would be the most effective way to fill or plug them, I plan on prettying this thing up with some paint and a Den. Broncos theme so I don't want to just put bolts in the holes.
I burned it out with a pallet, the drum had almond oil in it and had nearly clean inside except for some rust and gunk in the bottom. It burned the paint black and to a gray color on the outside, I think it is good to go with one burnout.
Tomorrow I'm going to take it to a car wash and wash the inside out really well with soap and rinse well, assemble the parts and bolts for the racks and if I have time get it seasoned by tomorrow evening. Do I need to wire wheel brush the inside if it was just plain steel, no liner or anything to deal with. I will brush off any flaky stuff inside where there was some rust spots.
On the outside, the paint like I said, burned black then turned gray, will this come off with the car wash or will I need to wire wheel the outside for new paint.
That's enough long-windedness for today, any suggestions before I get after it tomorrow are greatly appreciated.
That black turned to a gray a little lighter than the original gray paint.