New UDS Build

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by littlechief, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. littlechief

    littlechief Fire Starter

    After reading all the threads about Ugly Drum Smokers, I figured I could build one really cheap.I got the drum free from work, had the Weber lid, grill & and all hardware already at home. Spent $5 on the expanded steel for the charcoal basket and $9 on paint.
    Total build cost $14

    Hardware installed and burning the drum. I did two burns just to be on the safe side.

    The inside all cleaned up after the burns.



    All done and painted.

    Cant wait to use it. I'm smoking ribs tomorrow.[​IMG]
  2. zjaybird

    zjaybird Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the pictures Littlechief...I have a vertical smoker but it is nice to see other ideas just in case, I decide to try something new. Good luck and would love to see some pictures of those Ribs.
  3. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice UDS you got there. [​IMG]

    You're going to love it.

  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like a good job, and the price is definitely right...[​IMG]
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a great build [​IMG]
  6. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks like a nice build. Like Dave said, yer gonna love that thing.
  7. div

    div Smoking Fanatic

    Yes nice lookin drum and price tag ... just one question tho ... hows the rust build up on the inside after sanding it down ? I was always told never to paint the inside which it doesnt look like u did but I know that type of metal after being sanded starts to rust in about a half n hour, I did two burns and a charcoal burn so the inside would just be seasoned.

    Just wondering about the rust ?

    Love that price tag !!
  8. littlechief

    littlechief Fire Starter

    I did two burns and then hosed out all the ash. It took about a half hour to completely dry in the sun and was covered in a light surface rust. I sanded out all the rust from the inside and coated it with vegetable oil. The next day I re oiled the inside and did my seasoning burn. Next day sanded the rust off the outside and painted it with 1200* BBQ paint. So far no more rust. I'm Planning on keeping the inside a little oily in hopes of preventing any future rusting.
    Thanks for all the comments! Cant wait to use it!![​IMG]
  9. div

    div Smoking Fanatic

    Yes cant wait to see some chow !!
  10. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking good! You are going to really love that drum! With the Weber lid you could also add another rack on top down the road if you wanted. Nice Job![​IMG]
  11. littlechief

    littlechief Fire Starter

    Ribs turned out great. Cant believe how easy the temp was to control & extremely fuel efficient. Doubt I'll ever use the electric Char Broil smoker again. Thanks to everyone for all the info provided here!![​IMG]

    Heres some pics of the finished product. I'll post more in the pork section later.



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