Weber doner for UDS

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by billbo, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I finally got a Weber doner today. Found it on Craig's for $10.00. Here it is. A little rough but it will clean up good enough.



    I'm looking for a little guidance here on the whole process. How does one cut the top two inches off the lower kettle? I am sure I don't have that tool!

    Don't the handles on the lower kettle have to come off too? Looks like they are spot welded on. How do you remove them without damaging the unit?

    Does the lid need another vent installed? Seems I might be losing some exhaust, maybe I'm wrong.

    How do you ultimately attach the rim to the drum? I envision stainless bolts through the drum and rim. Am I on the right track with this?

    OK, I think that's enough questions for tonight [​IMG]

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Billbo, I used aluminum flat stock 1/8" thick by 1" wide an rolled ta the diameter a the drum. I pop rivited this ta the drum. That way the weber lid won't slide of the top a the drum.

    All I use is the weber vent, works fine.
     
  3. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Tip, did you rivet it to the outside of the drum or inside?
     
  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A friend of mine did it for me. He used a circular saw with a fine tooth metal cutting blade.

    If you use the bottom, the handles need to come off. Don't try to pry them off (like I did [​IMG]) or you'll have to patch the hole with woodstove gasket cement. Cutting them off with a hacksaw blade works okay though.

    The one original vent seems to work just fine.

    That's what I did and then I used a piece of wood stove gasket to fill in the gap and then filled that in and molded the gasket cement for the final edge. It's kind of a PITA to get the ring bolted in and not warp it when you're tightening it since it is smaller than the diameter of the drum.

    Here's the thread on how I did mine. I wanted to use the Weber bottom so that it would match up with the Weber rotissierie unit -- which I have yet to purchase. [​IMG]

    If you're not worried about any Weber accessories fitting on the rim and just want to add the lid to the drum. . .

    I would do it Tip's way. It sounds a WHOLE lot easier that what I did.[​IMG]

    Dave
     
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The way mine fit up the lip wen't inside the drum. Held it in place with a couple c clamps while I drilled an riveted the lip in. Wasn't to hard really.

    I'll try an get a pic tanight.
     
  6. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    A pic would be great Tip. That would help me out a lot. Thanks!
     
  7. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That might give ya an idear billbo. Wasn't to hard ta do really. Aluminum is nice stuff ta work with.
     
  8. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Tip! If I am looking right that is on the inside of the drum. I don't have a rivet gun but I bet I could bolt it in ok.
     
  9. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yup, the way my lid fits my drum, the strip wen't inside the drum. Sure, bolts would work just as well.
     
  10. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's a great idea, Tip.[​IMG] Sure is better than some of the other ideas I have heard like pounding the lip flat then trying to reform it to the drum.

    [​IMG]

    Dave
     
  11. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think it also depends on your drum. I think this meathod will work with mine but I am not sure yet. Need to get a better look this weekend and see. Like you said DDave sure beats haveing to mod the drum itself by pounding or cutting.

    Stay tuned!
     

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