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I have a food grade, heavy Gage metal, stainless 55 gallon drum.


The drum was made in the late 1950's in a lot of 100 at the cost of $200 each.  I have one made into a wood burner for my pole barn I have used it for over 25 years with no apparent wear or damage.


The drums are heavy wall and closed end, with heavy steel bands protecting the welded seam ends and two circular "I" steel rings a third of the way down from each end for rolling the drum into ship holds.


I only have one chance to build this UDS looking for good suggestions and hints.

The picture has a lot of stuff in the way, not the case now.  It is the only picture I have of the drum at present.


Thanks much ahead of time.IMG_0360.JPG

Edited by Waucedah - 1/8/12 at 3:55pm
post #2 of 21

That's a good looking drum, can't wait to see how this turns out!

post #3 of 21
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what is the advantage to having the air control valve up high compared to at one of the three nipples down low.


post #4 of 21
Yup. Just a matter of convenience.
post #5 of 21
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Almost done with the UDS, down to adding wheels/drum dolly and thermostats.


? looking for recommendations on type and brands of thermostats to use for the UDS


1-2 to be mounted on the drum or Weber lid. and a electronic to be run through a chase into the drum and left with the UDS


will post pictures when done



post #6 of 21

Looking forward to seeing this one completed - it should be a beauty with that drum

post #7 of 21

That drum is a beauty all by itself. Can't wait to see the build!

post #8 of 21

110.gifpepsi.gif the finish

post #9 of 21
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I still have a ways to go yet thermometers  drum dolly  another Weber grate  side table and drill and install the last two air intakes.

Have already started a steel unlined open head drum for my son and daughter-in law  burned  cleaned and high temperature primer.

Thank you for all the posted information  I have all of what I have done to date from others effortsIMG_0641.JPGIMG_0643.JPGIMG_0646.JPGIMG_0644.JPGIMG_0645.JPG

post #10 of 21

Looking good Waucedah ,


That is becoming a PDS... can't wait for the finish..

post #11 of 21
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Seasoned the drum UDS

it maintained 250 degrees for over 8 hours, the outdoor temperature was 18 with no wind chill

I will post pictures of the Brisket I plan on cooking this weekend

the only thing that is yet to be installed is a digital thermometer, I had planned on a small shelf attached to the UDS and a drum dolly

No table or dolly, the drum weighs over 100 pounds, will be using a two wheel hand cart to move it around the property


the information on this forum is much appreciated


post #12 of 21

Love it, Thanks for the pics. Looking to put one togather to keep at the lake. "UP IN SMOKE"

post #13 of 21

Nice looking smoker u got there. Post some pics of it in action when ur done with.

post #14 of 21

Thats one sweet drum, that will last a lifetime. great job.Im thowing mine out, I need a SS drum. lol

post #15 of 21

nice drum,can't wait to see it all black and used inside.

post #16 of 21
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all black inside ready for the cook tomorrowIMG_0671.JPG

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post #18 of 21
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first cookIMG_0679.JPG

post #19 of 21
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first brisket on this UDSIMG_0682.JPG

post #20 of 21

drool.gif Lookin good! wish i could get my hands on one of those stainless barrels

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