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UDS build - But the top is not open

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have been given two closed top 55 gal drums and want to make a UDS out of them. The problem is the tops are closed. Has anyone ever used these and made them work by just cutting off the top say 2 inches of the drum and then putting a sleeve on the outside of "lid" portion so that it will fit back on the drum? Any thoughts or pictures would be great.
post #2 of 10
I flipped mine over on purpose so the removable lid was the bottom and the permanent lid was the top. I cut out the permanent lid with a reciprocating saw, but a hammer and chisel would probably work. A lid from a kettle grill then fit nicely on top. Here is a link with some pics
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
To say that is helpful is an understatement. Thanks a lot for the information. While I will not be able to use the idea of a removable bottom for cleaning this idea still allows me to create the UDS without a lot of work that I was planning. Who would have thought up was downicon_wink.gif
post #4 of 10
Glad I could help. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
post #5 of 10
Just go down to the local Homeless Depot and get you one of those giant can openers. HA HA
post #6 of 10
Here's what I did.. i have since outfitted a lid from the $40 P.O.S avail at Wal-o-ChinaMart..


Good luck
post #7 of 10
i like the way you attached the lid was there many problems in getting the existing hardware from the walmart one to attach and line up so the lid could close?
post #8 of 10
All the hardware I used came with the POS grill from wallmart. I used the longer bolts from the legs or something to mount the upper hinge to the lid. In order for the lid to work, I had to make some spacers to offset the difference between the barrel dia. and the lid dia. I simply cut a few pieces of 1/4 copper tubing about 3/8" long to make the spacers. The grill that came with it is now my second shelf in the UDS as I already had a Weber grill at the top..
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
I went to thrift stores etc. this weekend looking for weber lids for my UDS builds. Ended up finding a cheap bbq for $29. For this I ended up getting two lids, the bottom fits one drum and the top fits the other. I also ended up with one grill and a small grill to use as the bottom of my fuel basket. I have the tops cut off, holes drilled and the burn out complete. I am not working on getting the inside liner removed. Should have it done soon and will post some pics when finished.
post #10 of 10
they make a specific tool for doing this, a drum deheader actually

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