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A drum I can actually use

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey y'all.
I finally found my drum. I had to take an extra half hour lunch break, but yeah.
$25 got me a brand new unlined drum, clean with a lid that has a pair of bung holes.
Looking forward to converting it into a smoker.



Thanks, Josh.
post #2 of 16
Nice drum! You're on your way!!
post #3 of 16
That will work.

Now get to building. Lol
post #4 of 16
Good luck looks like a good start


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post #5 of 16

Have fun with your build and enjoy!

Remember... "measure twice and cut once" 

post #6 of 16
Woo hoo! That's a score!
post #7 of 16
Nice score! Keep in mind you will still need to burn it out, grind it off or have it blasted to get the paint off the outside. They don't paint them with high temp.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks y'all, very helpful. I'll be posting pics as I move along.
One question.
I'm not sure if I should go with just a ball valve and a couple nipples, or if I should go with risers?
Then there's magnets, ha-ha. Just not sure the best road for the intakes.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
One other thing. I have two 18" grill grates from the Brickman I decided not to use. Would those make a good foundation for charcoal baskets?
Thanks a million, Josh.
post #10 of 16
The concensus seems to be that while risers look cool, they are problematic as air has to work harder to get to your fire. A lot of people who started off with risers have taken them off. A pretty common setup that seems to be very popular and easy to use is 4 pipe nipples, 3 with removable threaded caps and 1 with the ball valve. Magnets can be done too, but I would think a more permanent answer is the pipe nipples. I think I paid less than $10 for the caps and nipples, the ball valve is maybe 10-15.
post #11 of 16
Those grates would "great" hahaha :-)
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
What size pipe nipples and ball valve? Thanks, Josh
post #13 of 16
I believe I bought the 3/4 inch black steel. Same for the ball valve
post #14 of 16

:popcorn

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey y'all, is check-in out the barrel and came to realize the lid won't fit inside the drum. How do y'all recommend I prep the lid then for smoking?
Thanks y'all, Josh.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by joshgrillinlawn View Post

What size pipe nipples and ball valve? Thanks, Josh


i used 3 3/4 pipe nipples, two have caps and one has the ball valve, once up to temp you should need anything open but the ball valve so four nipples really isint needed

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