My first smoke on the new drum

Discussion in 'Pork' started by donnylove, May 6, 2009.

  1. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Since I finally finished my drum last week, Saturday was my first chance to burn some pig. Overall I was extremely pleased with how the drum performed, though one basket of fuel only got me through about 8 hours before I had to reload. I smoked three butts on Saturday and two more on Sunday. Here are the pics . . .

    2 1/2 hours in



    Humming along at 300* under the center of the grate



    Later in the day



    Ready to be foiled



    The finished product



    Love that drum!



    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Looks great. I finally got mine built. Hope my first smoke turns out as good as yours did.
     
  3. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great lookin piggie.....nice job on the first run!!
     
  4. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, nice ring to boot! What was the wood flavor?
     
  5. wmarkw

    wmarkw Smoking Fanatic

    good looking drum!
     
  6. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking drum and even better looking pork.....Congratulation on two jobs well done...
     
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Both the drum and the pig look great [​IMG]
     
  8. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice job on both
     
  9. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like you got that figured out in a hurry! Good looking stuff!
     
  10. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for all the kudos. I used RO lump, with hickory chunks and a few apple chips mixed in for flavor. My only diasappointment was the fuel running out so quickly. Not sure if I need a bigger charcoal basket (I actually built my basket before I found my drum, so the basket was intended for a 55-gallon drum) or not, but it wasn't any real big deal to add some more lump at the end. [​IMG]
     
  11. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's a fine looking drum. Congrats on it's maiden voyage!

    Points
     
  12. Great job on both the drum and the butts. Looking good
     
  13. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    nice smoke ring!
     
  14. jaye220

    jaye220 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    That's another great-looking drum and the pork looks delicious too. Nice work all around.
     
  15. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    How much charcoal does your basket hold? Was it started full? On a full basket I have had one accidentally going the next afternoon...like 18-19hrs I think.

    I usually use briq's versus lump in the uds only because they seem to burn a little longer and more evenly.
     
  16. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    My basket is round with a 14" diameter and 11" of height capacity. Part of the short longevity was probably because I ran at 300* all day, but it probably wouldn't hurt to have a bigger diameter basket since it's an 85.
     
  17. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking drum and real nice Q. I would most certainly build a larger basket for that size drum. You could use a 22" grate and that should get you the long burn time we get from the 55 gal. drums.

    Try and keep the temps down a tad too.
     
  18. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    Nice lookin' pork, looks like you christened it in right. Great pics.
     

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