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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
So I decided that I don't need my dog training drum any longer. Here the begining..



Here I started to remove the lid..




Lid is gone..


A little grinding to remove the sharps..



Now I cut the big bung out to use on the bottom.


Make hole


A little cold forming to fit the contour



Let's make some sparks and clean up a bit. I left the bung plug in to eliminate warpage




Done for the day. I may do a burnout tonight while I ring in the New Year..

Happy New Year everyone..
post #2 of 15
you've made a great start PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #3 of 15
nice start.........
post #4 of 15
Great tutorial so far Pit, I'm looking forward to the next phase.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Update...

I got her burned out New Years Eve.
I put the wire cup on the grinder , buffed her out and did a test fit on the intake..



I used what paint I had on hand and got her shot before she rusted..

post #6 of 15
lookin' good!!!!!!!!
hope that's not "card red" PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I wasn't card red intentionally, but if I end up going to a game to tailgate, I'll be stuffing this thing with chicken thighs, sausage and pork butts..
post #8 of 15
looken good keep us updatedPDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #9 of 15
Looking good!

My son-in-law and I started one for him this weekend.

post #10 of 15
Great looking UDS. Looking forward to a qview. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #11 of 15
Great looking UDS - nice job
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Update...
Got my basket built.



Installed some carriage bolts 8 1/4 inches below lid



Now i'm just waiting for my boss to bring by a lid and clamp band so I can fire her up and give the basket a burnout while I play with th temps. I'll work on the damper later. 2" ball valves are out of the budget for a "build on the cheap" so I'll have to rummage around and come up with something creative. I'm chomping at the bit to cook a couple of fat chuck roasts I have. Should I get a pan to go under the basket? Seems it would facilitate cleanout and help catch the drippings..
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Uh oh, Boss just showed up with the lid and clamp. The lid fits on just fine but the clamp doesn't tighten up. I think the lid is for a lidless drum that has a larger bead on top. I noticed also that the lid has a spongey vapor seal where it comes in contact with the drum. I left it on there to give me some draft protection as I didn't feel it would get hot enough at the lid to melt or burn the foam. I did take the rubber o-rings out of the bungs..
Any thoughts?
I have some lump and some old briquettes in the basket and I just tossed a few lit briquettes on top.
Can't wait to smoke in this thing...
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
YGTBKM! Is it this easy?




Gotta get some meat in here next...Stay tuned
post #15 of 15
looks good!
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