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Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by doug lacombe, Feb 16, 2015.
How do you remove a factory sealed lid?
Some people use an air chisel on the inside lip. A jig saw with a metal blade would work also. Then use a file or grinder to smooth down the edge.
If you want to use it as a removable lid, cut down, from the lip, about 1"....... using a hammer or block of wood, gently beat on the lip "outward" to flare it.... do the opposite on the drum, to flare it inward... the 2 should overlap and make a fine lid... If you want the UDS taller, add a piece of sheet metal band, maybe 6" wide, and screw it to the drum... then the lid will fit it also...
Thanks guys. I though there was a way to separate the lid from the drum at the seal itself. Ended up just cutting the lid out as per Earthquake suggested..
That will work also.....
You should be able to use an angle grinder around the outside edge of the top. Cut till the seam appears all the way around, then drive a screw driver between the layers to seperate the top.
On my build I bought a drum that had been Can Openered. I had a piece of 1/8 X 1" flat steel welded around the inside top of the drum for the Weber 22.5 Dome lid to set on. It will take aproximately a 70 Inch long piece of flat stock. I left my lip up approximately 3/8 of an inch for the dome lid to set on.
Glad it worked out for you. I have been looking for some more barrels and most lately (unlined) have had closed tops. So I will be doing the same thing soon. On my second UDS build now (for a friend) and have two more planned. Got pics of your build?