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Finished my second drum

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well it's been a long process due to several summer vacation and visitation interruptions, but I finally finished my second drum. It did a 55-gallon drum this type with a kettle grill lid modification. I've been doing the seasoning burn for about 6 hours today and so far, this cooker seems to be a lot more steady than my 85. Here are some pics of the finished product.

Done and done.

Charcoal basket with ash (pizza) pan

Just used one ball valve this time and a capped nipple on the other side

My cousin helped me weld a piece of 1" steel around the inside to make the Kingsford kettle lid fit better. Now it's a nice tight seal.

The lid

Two racks

Two thermometers

Haven't decided yet if I'll build a shelf on this one or just get a table to use along side it. She's pretty light so I'm afraid a shelf wouldn't be able to hold too much weight anyway. Lockable casters on the bottom. No other customizations at this point.

Thanks for looking!
post #2 of 16
Looking good!
post #3 of 16


WOW! That is one sweet Drum! Now you make me want to make one! Very Professional looking!points.gif
post #4 of 16
Looks good, one thing I would do is to use antiseize on the the caps. I didn't and it's quite a chore, about impossible, to get the cap off after a while.
post #5 of 16
Looks great nice build PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #6 of 16
Very professionally built.
post #7 of 16
Fine lookin drum an love that kingsford lid!
post #8 of 16
Very Nice! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #9 of 16
real nice looking drum.
post #10 of 16
Nice drum !!!

I have no idea why I keep looking at these drum threads? Evertime I just keep posting that i want to build one.... I need to quite talking about it !!!
post #11 of 16
Great looking unit! If it's light, keep a pair of briskets smoking in it 24/7 to balance it nicely... PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #12 of 16
Great looking build Donny! I gotta get my Weber lid on mine so I can add another rack.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Now that sounds like a plan!

Thanks for all the kudos! It really seemed to perform well through the seasoning burn. Much more stable with temperature than my 85 has been. I'm hoping this one will be a little more consistent, though I've certainly gotten good results from the big'un!
post #14 of 16
That is really awesome. I have drum envy. How far from the top/bottom did you mount your grates? Do you think the food on the bottom grate is going to cook considerably faster than the top and you'll have to rotate the food often?
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
I forget what the exact distance was, but the lower rack will likely cook faster. During the seasoning burn, I was seeing a consistent difference in temperature of about 25-35 degrees (hotter on the bottom). I will probably need to rotate the racks occasionally if it is important that all of the meat finishes in a similar time frame.
post #16 of 16
Great looking build.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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