No weld drum basket

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by bbq bubba, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Finally got around to making a "proper" basket for my drum.

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    By imn88fan

    Started with a 8" x 48" piece of expando, bent carefully around a propane tank to form the shape and bolted together....

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    By imn88fan

    Used bailing wire to tie it to a Weber kettle charcoal grate.....

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    By imn88fan

    Added 3 - 3 1/2"x5/16" carriage bolts with double washers and nuts for feet....

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    By imn88fan

    Use a length of thick wire for a handle and you've got a basket capable of 14 hr + burns! [​IMG]
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  2. cbucher

    cbucher Meat Mopper

    Nice info. I have been playing with my welder trying to make one and it isn't agreeing with me.(I'm not a welder)
     
  3. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    Very nice. I'm going to add those "feet" to by basket and get rid of the bottom grate since my basket has one already.
     
  4. jocosa

    jocosa Meat Mopper

    Nice! I don't have a welder, and this saves me from having to trouble a friend for welding... :)

    Good ol' bailing wire... it's in the same list as duct tape... [​IMG]
     
  5. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Bubba. At the top of the charcoal smokers thread there is a sticky for info on UDS's. You should add your post to it so this good information is in one spot for all those seeking information on a UDS.

    I have a couple drums in tampa that are mine for free whenever I can get up there. So hopefully this month I will start my build. I will keep this charcoal basket in mind for it. Thanks for posting it!
     
  6. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bubba, I'm not trying to bust yer chops but them ain't carriage bolts buster (I know it's a technicality - but I owe ya a few)

    These are carriage bolts ...
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  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep, right you are, it was VERY laste when i originally started this thread [​IMG]
     
  8. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bumping this up for the unlearned. [​IMG]
     
  9. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    lol[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nice basket, love the use of the weber grill for a bottom.
    Would have saved me a lot of work.
     
  11. I noticed the size of your basket was built with an 8 x 48 piece of expanded, but at the hardware store i could only find 16 x 32. Would you cut it in half and try to piece together the 8" size or will I be ok using the 16" but having a narrower circle?
     
  12. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cut it in half and go with the bigger, shorter basket. IMO [​IMG]
     
  13. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I made a variation of the no-weld charcoal basket.......still uses the (ahem) "carriage" bolt feet....but no bolts to make the ring, and no wire to attach to the weber charcoal grate.

    I know....I know......no pics didn't happen....I'll get some asap and get em on here.....[​IMG]

    L8r,
    Eric
     

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