My first UDS build help

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by toonarmy, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    You hit the hammer on the head with a nail there danny! Hahaha. I feel for you with that little wire wheel bro.
  2. toonarmy

    toonarmy Fire Starter

    Haha thanks, I will get there in the end. I have done worse jobs so I am sure I will make it [​IMG]  
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2015
  3. threemuch

    threemuch Fire Starter

    Wish I would have seen this before.  I burned mine out from the outside in with a weed torch, it was a peice of cake.  3 gallons of propane and about an hour is all it took.  The phenolic on the inside literally just fell off when I hit it with the torch from the outside.  I could give it all the heat in the world from the inside, but once I started burning it from the outside in, that resin coating just fell off.

    Good luck on your build.  I used a nibbler to do all my doors and sheet metal work.  You might want to look into renting or borrowing one.  You can cut a door in less than a couple minutes.
  4. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I would caution against a door. You are asking for an air leak that will cause wierd issues with temps and such and is not needed.
  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I guess I missed that it was an unlined barrel. Mine was a food grade barrel with a lining so I wanted to be 100% sure it was all gone. When I finished sanding the inside I looked like I had been trapped in a coal mine for weeks.

    Also, @timberjet  is SOOOOOOO right about the door. I will be removing the door on mine. It was a cool idea but there has been no need to add more wood or charcoal during the smoke since I made my basket large enough thus making the door useless. 
  6. toonarmy

    toonarmy Fire Starter

    Ok finally finished sanding the thing.  Up next primer then painting while I wait for the lid to arrive. (Also is a primer necessary with a high heat resistant stove aerosol paint? 

    Last edited: Apr 25, 2015
  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Primer depends on the paint. The high temp spray paint I bought (by rustoleum) said to not use a primer. If you are priming it make sure that the primer is compatible with the paint and has at least the same temp rating.
  8. toonarmy

    toonarmy Fire Starter

    Thanks I have a black high heat paint made by rustoleum also. I wont bother buying a primer too. Thank you
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2015
  9. I agree!  No primer.  I WOULD use at least 2 coats.  Maybe even 3.  I HATE to paint anything.  I have ZERO patience.  But these barrels will rust easily.  Paint, light sanding and another coat.  You put a lot of work into this thing, you want it to last.  Just my opinion.  Keep Smokin!

  10. manfjourde

    manfjourde Fire Starter

    I used the rustoleum high heat grill paint and used 3 cans. If you can use a weed burner do it and heat it from the inside to about 150*F and then let it cool to 100*F. Then do about 4 light coats 15 minutes apart.

    My paint said to let it sit for 48 hours before recoating. I did so and heated again and then painted 4 more light coats within an hour. It is holding up great.
  11. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I just keep a can of high heat paint around and touch it up once in a while. You probably will too.
  12. toonarmy

    toonarmy Fire Starter

    Ok an update on the drum. Managed to get a spare lid although i had a nightmare getting a nice snug way for it to fit. I the end i bought an aluminium strip of metal and bolted it around the top inside rim of the drum for the lid to sit on.

    Here is its current state, not much left to do!

  13. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Looks like you are on the home stretch. You will be cooking in no time now. Do you have your basket made yet?
  14. toonarmy

    toonarmy Fire Starter

    Almost there. Yea a friend took care of the basket and i did the barrel. Hopefully fire it up next weekend
  15. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Hi, r ya alreete!

    Makam here so don't get alarmed we are both still up! Lol! But I've got a Toon Passport as I used to be involved with NUFC in teh 90's in a social way. The Keegan, Dalglish Days. JC is a mate of mine.

    Sorry for the late reply as I am a newcomer too. Don't know how far you are on with your UDS but I have a contact in Spennymoor who has clean barrels (just lacquer inside to stop the rust) with lids and a lid clamp. I have just built 2 UDS one for hot smoking and one for cold. His drums are a tenner each plus delivery. I have had 3 off him. I did my research to the extreme so if you need any further info on what and where to buy let me know. Made loads of cock ups on my first but the second was a doddle most of the action was done in a couple of days.Just tarting them up now. Didn't like the Weber lid idea myself but lots use it mostly them that have had to cut the lids!!!.
  16. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic


    Sorry read your UK post but replied on here without reading your main forum Post. Looks like you have done a good job but if your planning on doing UDS 2 I can save you a lump of money on the build. Let me know.
  17. toonarmy

    toonarmy Fire Starter


    Nice to see a fellow UK northerner on here. I will bear that info in mind if I ever build a second UDS.  Here is an update where my current first UDS is upto, this was on the 9th of May 2015. 

    Its come to a standstill at the moment while I wait for my friend to bring over the coal basket to season the drum then lacquer the outside.

  18. toonarmy

    toonarmy Fire Starter

    Finished the UDS today well almost this is it with everything attached. It was seasoned today, just needs a finish clear lacquer coat 

  19. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Toon, good looking UDS!

    Now let's see some good looking Q
  20. toonarmy

    toonarmy Fire Starter

    Hi all,

    After doing some seasoning and testing, I think I need a bigger mesh coal basket. The base plate and ash catcher I have is fine I just need more mesh. Is there anyone in the UK that can suggest a good source of Mesh that is not galvanised?? 

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