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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

this is my completed UDS... have tried it out and made lovely half chickens. I have one problem and that is the top cover is not covering completely and is leaking a lot of smoke. any ideas on how to fix it?

 

 

 

post #2 of 17
Could you get a drum ring for your lid?
Turned out pretty good!
post #3 of 17
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yes I got a drum ring and that's actually what am using to tighten the lid. its just a lot of work as its bolt and nut.

post #4 of 17

Did you try putting a gasket in the lid?

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 


the thing is the lid keeps popping up... its not even sitting properly. either the drum has lost the shape or the lid... how do I fix this? or should I look for a new lid or make a new lid?

post #6 of 17
Perhaps get a piece of sheet metal and attach it to the inside of the drum so that it extends past the top rolled ring some. My first attempt at a UDS leaked like a sieve from the top. The rolled ring was far from perfect. With the dent you have towards the top it is probably just slightly deformed....
post #7 of 17
Also you may want to take a crescent wrench to the outside edge of the lid and open it up some....
post #8 of 17
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do you have a picture of what you did?

post #9 of 17
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I was trying to tighten the outside of the lid to help it clip.. you are right I should open it up more and just have it sit on top... I still have the outside ring that came with the drum and I have been using it to clip it tight

post #10 of 17

After enlarging your pic. I see that the drum is dented......Perhaps some creative beating with a rubber mallet? Hammer and dolly, like a body and fender repair.....Or even take it to a body shop...I bet they can straighten it out.... Other than that, maybe a piece of flat metal Screwed around the inside edge, to give you a new lip....like the above says

post #11 of 17
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if anyone has an example of the lip please share... I would need to see it before I can get it done. I will also try open up the ring wider

post #12 of 17
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just an update guys... I followed one of the tips provided and opened the lip more.. that has helped a bit, the lid is now sitting on the drum.. I have now put the ring back on and tightened. will work on it more and also get some gasket maker or something...


Edited by Kika - 9/28/15 at 11:25am
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kika View Post


if anyone has an example of the lip please share... I would need to see it before I can get it done. I will also try open up the ring wider
Sorry, I just,seen this. I don't have any pictures but it is pretty simple, as you have figured out by now. Just take the adjustable wrench and set it so it just slips over the outer lip and roll it out some. After you go all way around lay the lid on top, you will see if it is tight anyplace. If need be you can always put a rope gasket on top of the rolled section of the drum.
post #14 of 17
Maybe something like this to latch it down.

Box Chest Case Spring Loaded Sillver Tone Draw Toggle Latch 4 Pcs
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008POVON0/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_DzEcwbTE9ZR0C
post #15 of 17
Keep in mind the UDS is a very simple smoker. No need to make it overly complicated..
post #16 of 17
My lid leaks too. Just adds to the exhaust. No problems
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by inkjunkie View Post


Sorry, I just,seen this. I don't have any pictures but it is pretty simple, as you have figured out by now. Just take the adjustable wrench and set it so it just slips over the outer lip and roll it out some. After you go all way around lay the lid on top, you will see if it is tight anyplace. If need be you can always put a rope gasket on top of the rolled section of the drum.


cool.. I will work on it more and see how it goes....I will also get some gasket of some sort... is all fails, I will look at adding clips to it.

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