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Looney's first UDS build

post #1 of 10
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So, after contemplating the whole thing for a while and getting a partner-in-crime (neighboor) onboard, it's time to put my money where my mouth is, or something similar.


Bought a drum... It's 110 litre which equates to a 30 gallon drum I guess.




The liner looks bad but isn't, I got to bare metal using grit 100 sandpaper and a few wipes of my hand.

Anyway, since I'd like to keep the neighbourhood as my friend, I'm having the drum sandblasted inside and outside next thursday for € 40,- so that's not a bad deal.


Furthermore, we bought:

3 22mm (sorry, we, in civilization, use the metric system :P ) ball valves

1 30cm (1 foot) diameter coal basket


Nuts, bolts

Donor lid and grill from a Weber OTS 47cm (22"?)

heat resistant dull black spray paint

Hickory wood blocks

3" thermometer (both fahrenheit and celsius scale, to please the smoke gods..)


We plan on useing the lid as ash tray once we cut it to size since we'll be using a Weber lid anyway.


It'll all be mounted on three wheels my neighbour has laying around.


We'll keep you posted!

post #2 of 10
Looks good. I can see the meat smoking already
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Would it be necessary to burn out the drum after having it sandblasted both inside and outside? I don't think it held a liquid since it's a clamp-on lid but I'm lacking knowledge of drums in general :icon_confused:

post #4 of 10

You should be fine just seasoning it. I would get paint on the outside immediately after blasting as it will rust really quick. No offence to the metric system but it's not our fault it's not used much in the states.

post #5 of 10
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The metric part was a joke, no pun intended.

post #6 of 10
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Basket came in yesterday. It needs three bolts and the nuts are already welded to the bottom.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Let's get going, the drum is nicely sandblasted and clean as a whistle..



We get started with drilling all the holes and making test fits



Since both of us are not welders, everything is kept to nuts and bolts.

The top ring is made of a 3cm wide strip of aluminium and secured to the drum using 12 small bolts and nuts




More test fits..



Since we're not welding, the inner to outer connection is made by sawing and folding the metal of the tube and then make sure the connection is as tight as we could make it before tightening the nut. Heat resistant silicone is then applied on the outside to make the hole airtight.






All the holes drilled, time for heat resistant spray paint, dull black..



Almost final result:


Since we used up our two cans of paint, we'll be giving the drum a final layer of paint in due time when the weather is nicer..


Since we'll be using a Weber lid, we used the old lid as an ashtray under the coal basket.



It's starting to come together nicely. Here the first tube and ball-valve is in place and the heat resistant silicone liner is in place.



Everything in place, time for seasoning..








And here come the ribs...









And the result was as to be expected....


post #8 of 10
Dang that looks professionally built! Really nice job on it
post #9 of 10
Nice drum, nice smoke!
post #10 of 10

Nice build. good looking ribs.

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