Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by dcmak, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. dcmak

    dcmak Newbie

    OK found 2 BRAND NEW 55 gallon drums as you can see one has bung holes and the other doesnt. Now off to get more parts...

    Total cost to date $0.00

  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great way to start.
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Are they done yet????
  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking forward to seeing your build, then some good 'ole BBQ :sausage: WHB
  5. dcmak

    dcmak Newbie

    This may be a DUMB question but do I still need to do a COMPLETE BURN since these are new raw drums? Or just run some wood throught them to season them? [​IMG]
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would just run a normal basket of fuel and some wood. Heck I'd even this a chicken or two in there after it gets up to temp!
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  7. dcmak

    dcmak Newbie

    Thanks just wanted to make sure...
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nope. Just run a load of charcoal through it to give it a seasoning.
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  9. rcwbud

    rcwbud Fire Starter

    I had mine (food drums that had bags of food dye in them) sandblasted. That takes all the junk out of it and off of it. I did a burn of charcoal in it and then cooked a butt for six hours. That left a nice oil char in it that has lined it every since. No rust and no cleaning after that, just lots of cooking. I would say that these pristine drums would be as easy as that for you as well. Cooking a chicken in it when you season it is a good idea. Mixing a little bit of grease from the bird with that char smoke gives you a nice season on the inside of the drum, then the trick is to cook often which won't be a problem once you taste product from a UDS. It is the way to cook and the coolest thing you will ever make. We use ours every single week no matter the weather or the temp. I did three racks of ribs last weekend in four and a half hours and it was 5 degrees outside at the time. Absolutely no problem keeping it at 250 even with two of the vents closed. They are simply cooking machines.

  10. dcmak

    dcmak Newbie

    Ok finally finished my Charcoal Basket... (minus handle)[​IMG]

    I used a 4ft x 4ft section of expanded metal. I cut it down to 1ft x 4ft formed a cylinder and used stainless steel bolts nuts and washers. For the bottom i cut a round piece and used steel wire to tie it together. ( weld free basket ).This was actually easy if you dont over think it.

  11. dcmak

    dcmak Newbie

    Ok my first UDS is almost done... all i have left is to install my handles and drill my inlet holes... then I will do a burn out and hopefully my first cook sunday..


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