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Old 07-20-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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I just built an Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS)

I picked up a refurbished 55 gallon drum last week, completely burned it out inside and out, installed two 22.5" grates, fabricated a large charcoal basket at the bottom, fabricated an intake draft door, installed a temperature gauge, used high temp paint, and topped it with an old Weber lid. I'll season it tomorrow and get it really dirty this Saturday...

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Old 07-20-2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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You are a very handy man, sir! Great job! Hopefully you will post some pics of it in action. Way to go!

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Old 07-20-2011, 12:22 PM   #3
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THANKS--I know s/one who can fabricate one of those for me! Now to find the barrel...
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:31 PM   #4
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The pics of the "ugly" drum smoker aren't showing up for me...
Just some pics of some fancy schmancy homemade drum smoker

Very nice job. That's the purtiest UDS I've ever seen. I'm curious if you get the ridiculously long cooking times most report. Can't wait for your feedback.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:08 PM   #5
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Awesome drum! I'm new to the site and I'm in the process of building a UDS. I like the way you did the air intake. Great idea. I drilled two 1" holes and plan to use 2 3/4" ball valve and 1" nipples. Same as you on the grates and HOPE to find a used weber on craigslist. Looking forward to your first smoke on it!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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Looks like you did a great job. Looking forward to the results.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:14 PM   #7
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I love it. I'll take two!
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:11 PM   #8
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It's not ugly, it's bloody beautiful :) Cool smoker!
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:16 PM   #9
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Get a patent on the design...Get them mass produced...I'll be VP of Sales...South East Command....We'll get rich...
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:16 PM   #10
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Thanks all....I'll be sure to post photos of the first cook off of this thing this weekend.

Squirrel, I thought about using a ball valve plus the 2 caps but I had some bits of sheet metal laying around so I decided to go with the draft door instead.
I've seen people use something as simple as magnets over the vent holes. They all work well.

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