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I start my UDS build last night.  So far I am happy with the charcoal basket but the burn out of the drum is an entirely different story. 

 

For the basket I did what seems to be pretty standard no weld expanded metal and a grill grate.  The more I read the more I want to put in a ash try.

Basket:

 

For the drum I figured in a pretty populated area I wouldn't be able to get away with a barrel burning for a couple of hours so I bought a weed torch.  I was hoping this was going to make quick work on the inside liner and outside paint not the case.  I burnt one side for about 45 minutes and made a dent on the inside liner but only barely broke through the outside paint.

Before:

 

After:

 

I have been seeing that people are going with sandblasting aside from price are there any down sides to this.  Do you still need to burn out the barrel afterward?  

post #2 of 8
I had mine sandblasted. Cost was $25.00. Then I had it powder coated on the exterior for $50.00 more.

Once blasted you don't have to do a burn out. Just do a seasoning smoke and your off and running.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the fast reply.  $25 isn't bad, I am going to research some places by me.  At the rate I am going it is going to take several hours and at least 2 25lb propane tanks.  

post #4 of 8
Think outside the box when looking for a sandblasted. Many body shops, welded, etc have bolsters. Mine was done by the powder coating outfit. That price was for interior and exterior and the lid blasted.
post #5 of 8
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So far I found two prospects by me.  One that specializes in metal restoration and the other was a power coating place.  Waiting to hear back, I was also thinking about a body shop if these fall through that is going to be my next round of searching.  

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by GoldCoastSmokin View Post

I start my UDS build last night.  So far I am happy with the charcoal basket but the burn out of the drum is an entirely different story. 

For the basket I did what seems to be pretty standard no weld expanded metal and a grill grate.  The more I read the more I want to put in a ash try.
Basket:



For the drum I figured in a pretty populated area I wouldn't be able to get away with a barrel burning for a couple of hours so I bought a weed torch.  I was hoping this was going to make quick work on the inside liner and outside paint not the case.  I burnt one side for about 45 minutes and made a dent on the inside liner but only barely broke through the outside paint.
Before:



After:



I have been seeing that people are going with sandblasting aside from price are there any down sides to this.  Do you still need to burn out the barrel afterward?  
get your self a pizza pan for the ash. Makes all the different in the world 😊
post #7 of 8
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So I couldn't find any where cost effective to sandblast my drum so I scraped that idea and went with a barrel that had no liner that was food grade.  It used to contain canola oil.  I have used it a couple of times and it is great, most of the time it holds temperature great.  Below are some pictures of the final product.  This barrel had a lid that I had to cut off, a sawzal made quick work of it but my cuts were a little rough so you will see some red silicon filler.  The top leaks in some spots that I am going to deal with over time but all and all a fun project and so far has produced some good pulled pork and brisket.  

 

If anyone has any idea on how to get a better seal between the weber 22in top and the drum please let me know.  Right now I have used silicon and some nomex stripes around the inside of the lip on the lid.   

 

@timberjet: I went with your advise and did the pizza tray to catch the ashes.  Great tip. couldn't image the UDS with out it.

 

  

post #8 of 8

Looks good.

 

I hammered my lid to fit the drum. Some people are against that as it damages the ceramic on the lid but my lid wasn't in perfect shape to begin with. When you hammer it on you have to set it on the smoker the same way every time so keep that in mind.

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