Finished my second drum

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by donnylove, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    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!
  2. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Looking good!
  3. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    WOW! That is one sweet Drum! Now you make me want to make one! Very Professional looking![​IMG]
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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.
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks great nice build [​IMG]
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Very professionally built.
  7. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Fine lookin drum an love that kingsford lid!
  8. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very Nice! [​IMG]
  9. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    real nice looking drum.
  10. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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 !!!
  11. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking unit! If it's light, keep a pair of briskets smoking in it 24/7 to balance it nicely... [​IMG]
  12. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking build Donny! I gotta get my Weber lid on mine so I can add another rack.
  13. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    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!
  14. forcedsquint

    forcedsquint Fire Starter

    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?
  15. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    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.
  16. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great looking build.[​IMG]

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