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.