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Building a Drum Pit


Joined Jul 21, 2021
Greetings all,

So with all this extra time around having 2 small kids, figured its time to replace the old Weber Kettle (replace is what i tell the wife before adding another cooker). Cant nail down exactly what i want to buy SO a buddy of mine gave me an old 55gal drum and another let me borrow a Mig Welder. I have little to no actual metal working experience NOR do i know how to weld. WHAT CAN GO WRONG.

Basically wondering if anyone has thoughts on design of the pit? I am leaning towards cutting the barrel in half OVER cutting 1/4 of it for the opening. This way i can open her up and go open fire cooking easier. I am planning on getting a tail pipe from autozone for the stack, and I am going to figure the rest of it as i go.

Any thoughts or advise?

PS.... spent an hour with the welder and a sheet of metal (and my 17yo nephew on snapchat) a couple of nights ago. SOOO im basically a pro now.


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