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Hey everyone, I am new to this forum. A lot of good info here. I am trying to build a uds on the cheap. I have all the ideas , i just need the drum. I have looked at feed stores, farms, on craigslist. anyone know where I can get one and not break the bank.


Thanks Rob

post #2 of 21

Where are you located? Maybe I can help!

post #3 of 21
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Hey Thanks for your response. I live in New Hampshire

post #4 of 21

Hello Rob and welcome1.gifto SMF - glad to have you here with us 


Please do us a favor and update your profile with your location



post #5 of 21
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Thanks for the welcome-Scarbelly. I am updated. Bare with me here I am new to this and I am forum challenged.Lots of good info here.

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Welcome to SMF .
I got mine from craigslist.
post #7 of 21

Got mine from a feed store...pretty sure it had grain in it.  Make sure to look for ones without the dreaded red lining!  It will make your life a lot easier if you don't have it...

post #8 of 21
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ya I didn't want one of those. I got a brand new one today without any lining

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Show 'em the Q View!


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I will definitely start to post some pictures tomorrow of my build

post #11 of 21

Hi Rob,


I am from New Hampshire as well. Might I ask were you got your drum and how much it ran ya?




post #12 of 21
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Hi ceno,I got a brand new one from Enco Industries in Plaistow for $61.I wanted to get one cheaper,but now I dont have to worry what was in it before.
post #13 of 21

Try a salvage yard.


welcome1.gif to SMF . You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. I suggest you take  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info. Smoking  5-Day e-Course 

post #14 of 21
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Thanks for the welcome sprky.I have a drum and hope to be done with the build by weekend.I will definitely take a look at the five day course.Although my barrel wont be sporting the colors of green and yellow.lol
post #15 of 21
Glad you found a drum. Mine had the red liner. I burn it out.
Got it painted. Just have to add handles and wheels tomorrow.
and i,m ready to start smoking in it yahoo.gif
post #16 of 21
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Man that sounds good.I wish I could come down off this ladder and work on mine.I guess paying the bills comes first
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Welcome to SMF.........Glad you joined our group.........grilling_smilie.gif

post #18 of 21
Originally Posted by RippinNTearin View Post

Got mine from a feed store...pretty sure it had grain in it.  Make sure to look for ones without the dreaded red lining!  It will make your life a lot easier if you don't have it...

Sorry for threadjacking, but I'm thinking about building a UDS of my own.  A guy in my neighborhood can source me a barrel for $15, but they've been used to store lacquer thinner.  I don't know what lining they have but it could be the red lining you referenced.  He tells me that if you burn it real long and real hot you can get it cleared out.


Is there a thread somewhere that talks about linings and how to address them to get the barrel food-safe?  I'm pretty interested in finding out about that.  I want to make a UDS but don't want to poison anyone with food cooked in it.

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Rjlbb, try diplomacy...(bribery). When you find some sitting around , find who's they are and offer to do some BBQ for them in tradebiggrin.gif. I have found Drums at Flooring companies,(adhesive barrels - they usually have a plastic liner inside and a painted surface under that you can burn out.), and try CL again and look for 55gal.Drums. Don't get anything that has had Petroleum Prods.,pesticides , paint, ...ect. If you want to pay shipping, I'll send you as many as you need for $15 ea. and you pay shipping. The ones I can get have had Chocolate Syrup in them , or something food safe.


I found a guy that had them in the Industrial section of town , in an old warehouse. If you cannot burn it out , due to City ordinance , have it Sandblasted ,and again work a trade - BARTER  ;}-


It's still not done , but here's mine and cost me only $50 total for the parts and servicesbiggrin.gif I love to Barter , the whole nation should get into it , with the economy......




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Have fun and...

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Well  I found a drum and couldn't wait to start my build!






I bought a brand new drum , so basically I just to my weed burner and started to burn the paint of the outside.





Then I took my drill with a wire wheel attachment and scuffed up the whole surface ,removing the rest of the paint and getting ready for the new paint.


I then measured from the bottom 2"(3 holes equidistant) and drilled a 1" inch hole for 3/4" ball valve and vents.







Then I flipped the barrel over and drilled four 1/4" holes equidistant to hold the 23 "Weber cooking grate in place.


Almost everybody says you should use a step bit for this. Well they would be a little easier,but they aren't cheap.


I used a 1" hole saw and it worked just fine. You just have to let the drill do the work.


I drilled another 3/8" hole about a 1`/2" below where the grate would go for thermometer, and then put two coats of high heat enamel on it and I was ready to put it together.





I couldn't find any rolled expanded steel, so I bought 3 12" x 24" sheets of expanded for my charcoal basket.I bent it around a propane tank to form its shape to fit it inside a 17" Weber replacement grill.I just bolted it together and used 4 -2 1/2" bolts for legs to keep it up off the bottom of the barrel for airflow.





Here is the charcoal basket inside the drum.





Now she is ready to be seasoned . I sprayed the inside with Pam and gave her a six hour burn.






After I seasoned it I couldn't wait to try it out.




meanwhile I had put "Robs Raging Rob" on some baby backs and had to try them out.




Trying out my first run with the new UDS.





After some help maintaining the heat from my smoker buddy Jalan43, here is the finish product.






They were amazing!


If this Frenchman can build a UDS anyone can. I can't wait to smoke again. Thanks for all the tips guys.





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