Uds >?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by rjdumas, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. rjdumas

    rjdumas Newbie

    I have two 55 gallon drums. Without the remove able lids. The ? I have is where should I cut the drum? Will a 22" bbq lid fit on it??

    should i leave a little lip? thanks for any help. Can't wait to get started.
  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That really depends on the drum. With some the lid will fit great but with others it comes up a hair short. Try your drums with the lid to see if it fits.

    There are better ways to compensate for a nonfitting lid than to cut the lip of the drum off. IMO that weakens the drum a quite a bit.

    Look for some of the build pics and you'll see.
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Leave that "bead" on top a the drum, cut the top out inside a that. Now ifin yer lid won't sit on the bead you can make an adapter ring. I needed a ring inside my drum ta make the lid fit right. Wasn't hard ta do, use 1" aluminum strap an rolled it ta fit inside the drum an riveted in place.
  4. rjdumas

    rjdumas Newbie


    Sweet thanks for those pics, that helped tons. thanks for the quick reply

    hopefully I do it right I'll try to take pics to show my progress.
  5. smokin' dick

    smokin' dick Smoking Fanatic

    Most of the drums around here have a rolled lip at the top and bottom. Some will have a flat lip on the bottom and it is those that a Weber lid will fit onto. So check the top and bottom for fit. If your drums have the rolled lip a three pound sledge can help bring it into compliance. Lay the drum down on something solid and pound away at the lip, that is after cutting out the cover.
  6. zjaybird

    zjaybird Meat Mopper

    I don't get on here much have been busy doing smoker training.  I found that if you can find a good weber 22.5 kettle grill as a donor for your UDS you can use the botton 2 inch of the kettle as your lip on the drum.  You need cut the bottom of the grill with a cutting wheel then flare out the bottom of it just a tad to make a good seal.  If you can weld put a few tacks on it to hold it in place, if you are not the welding type or find that a 12 pack and welding don't go hand in hand, I don't see why you couldn't drill a few holes and run some bolts in them.  I have been experimenting and the lucky person who I donated them to seem to love the idea.  I hope I helped anybody find another reason to fire up a UDS and love it.

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