Ugly Drum Smokers

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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby Morgs » 09 Jan 2012, 13:42

HURRAH !!!!!

Thank the Lord this thread exists !!!

Just DL'd the 'Pickled Pig Guide' and am already on the scrounge for Drums in the Leicester area...

Updates will follow, and a healthy a mount of questions too I'm sure.

booOOOM !

This is gonna be freakin' EPIC !
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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby esselle » 10 Jan 2012, 08:38

Morgs wrote:HURRAH !!!!!

Thank the Lord this thread exists !!!

Just DL'd the 'Pickled Pig Guide' and am already on the scrounge for Drums in the Leicester area...

Updates will follow, and a healthy a mount of questions too I'm sure.

booOOOM !

This is gonna be freakin' EPIC !

I know where there is a drum for free in Peckleton if you can get there.
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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby Morgs » 10 Jan 2012, 11:33

@DrSweetsmoke

Thanks Doc... ;)

@esselle

WOW - really?!!

I reckon I might be able to get there - could you PM me the details? :o
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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby Pinky » 08 Feb 2012, 18:56

what size of bolts do people use to hold cooking grates?
M6 or M8
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I was thinking of using ring nuts, and then put a small bracket on my charcoal basket with a bolt sticking down. I could then put this into the lower grate and use uds as a grill
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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby Steve » 08 Feb 2012, 19:22

M6 on mine, have been plenty strong enough.
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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby Pinky » 08 Feb 2012, 19:40

Steve,

Do you use 3 or 4 bolts for each grate?

3 bolts mean that you never get any rock if your rate warps, whereas 4 means you will?

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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby Steve » 08 Feb 2012, 20:33

I have four but when I build my next one I'll only put three in. I was worried three wouldn't be strong enough but in hindsight I think it would have been fine.

How you doing your intakes, with pipe nipples? I never found suitable back nuts in either stainless or black iron. The nipples I got were bspt and the taper screwed me on that front. To be fair I ended up just threading my nipples in through the barrel and they've been fine.

How you planning to cut your vent holes too? I used a screw in punch which worked really well, don't know if it would do 2mm steel though.
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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby Pinky » 08 Feb 2012, 21:33

My dad has loads of tools, including a magnetic drill that should be able to drill a hole big enough. Because its 2mm steel, I should be able to weld a nipple into the hole, so if worse came to worse i could burn a hole out.

Its just a mater of collecting all the bits and getting on with it now!!
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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby BigM » 25 Feb 2012, 15:55

Ok Goin to add to this to this thread
finding the stainless steel part was a pian but used your link to colgo, gettin them via them
b and q , wicks and screwfix was poop.

ANyways i found my Barrel from Drums and tanks in Rotherham sheffield he sandblasted it for me cleaned inside and gave me a new lid £19, if all goes well with build iam goin bk for more.
got my plans from TheSmokeRing.com sweet site with nice uds thread like the one at BBq Brethren but not as long .
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nipples and caps and ballvalve from colgo
thermometer and electic thermometer from eBay
grills on line

just need some expanded metal to make coal basket theres a nice vid on youtube where no soldering is req
anyways first pic of build this is after a bit more sanding down and a first coat of paint didnt want it to get rusty
while i waited for my bits to come . gota make a 2ich vent in top which im goin to put a crome tailpipe for chimney.
need a few handels too,

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Re: Ugly Drum Smokers

Postby Steve » 25 Feb 2012, 23:56

Looking good. Fantastic you got your drum shot blasted, much easier than burning then grinding it out.

I've just decommissioned my UDS as I'm using te drum for another little project. Would like to get myself a stainless drum for my next one, will be keeping my eye out on eBay
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