got two drums ! undated with finish pictures (4-1-12)

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by jrod62, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member


    went and got two drums today to start  my UDS Build. [​IMG]

    don't know the first thing about building one so any info you can pass along .

    I will be checking other builds on here and hope I come up with a plan.

    will do a burn out and then go from there.


    red liner [​IMG]


     here the wood for the burn out


     got new toy to play with. [​IMG]  weed burner did a good job. but needed to burn out the red liner so fill it with

    the wood and let it burn  all day and night. still a hot fire going in the morning . did a good job of burning out the liner


    put 4 air holes in the bottom before the burn out. (another toy i got was the step drill bit ) works great !!


    wire wheel did a great job cleaning the inside and outside of the drum


    grate bolts, ball valve and nipples with caps installed,


    grate is 8 inch from top


    first coat.


    after 2 coats of paint. will finish it up next weekend.

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2012
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I haven't built a UDS (yet) [​IMG]

    But there's lots of info on the build here

  3. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    I been reading a lot here on how to build a UDS ,
    And watch a lot of u-tube builds
    Went and got a weed burner to burn them out
    and a step drill bit to cut the holes .
    Going to burn them out this weekend
  6. Sorry, I dont know what happened. Tried to post a list for you twice, but nothing shows up.
  7. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

  8. Wow. You can build 2.
  9. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Added update pictures of my first UDS build in my first post above.
  10. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Finish up the last few things on the smoker that needed to done before the seasoning .

    putting 3 wheels on so I can move it around.


    the chair work great for laying the drum on so i can get inside to tighten the bolts.


    puting the handles on .


    handle on top.


    this is the basket I make for my offset smoker. going to use it until I make a round one for the UDS.

    they had lump carcoal on sale at Lowes . this hold 10 Lbs bag.


    lit 4 lump charcoal and put on top and closed it up (stole wife pizza pan to put under the basket)[​IMG]


    light blue smoke . started with one cap off and ball valve open all the way. 15 minutes later put the cap back on

    I sprayed the inside with Pam and started seasoning it.


    here the final picture of it . been keeping track of the temp every 15 min.

    the control of the temp is unbelieveable !!!!! so much better then my side fire box smoker.

    been 3 hours so far the hightest its been is 240 and lowest was 217. And that was playing

    around with the ball valve. Once I figure out right were the ball valve need to be it will stay

    at 225 for hours on end.

    thanks for looking .
  11. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Nice build Jrod! The photos are great! All I can say about two barrels is Score![​IMG]
  12. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I listen to bluegrass but never seen it until now

    Congrats on the build... nice Job..............[​IMG]

  13. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks, its was a blast to make. 2nd drum is going to be a "Pimp my UDS"

    Just say it will start with Big tires.

    wife just shook her head when she seen the blue grass [​IMG]
  14. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks , this was my first . and it won't be my last. Already have one person that want me to build them one.
  15. hps6607

    hps6607 Newbie

    good job on the UDS build [​IMG]    looks great !!!
  16. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    adding few last pictures. I now understand why so many people like the UDS.

    uses very little charcoal to get the job done. and temp control is so easy.

     I think my side firebox smoker  will end up like my gas grill.

    just sitting out there not getting used much.


    made some hamburger after seasoning the smoker.


    ran the smoker 6 hours before shutting it down. Couldn't believe how much charcoal and wood was still in there

    this morning when I check on it.


    today smoking a Pork Loin and some stuff chicken .
  17. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those are  some beauties.
  18. whittling chip

    whittling chip Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Great looking build. Just out of curiosity, how much did you pay for the drums, if you don't mind me asking.

  19. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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