Painting the inside of a UDS?

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by porkaholic, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. porkaholic

    porkaholic Smoke Blower

    I am in the process of building a UDS using the methods I have learned on this forum. I am almost done and just had a thought. Instead of removing the liner, as I have just done, couldn't you just paint the inside with high temp resistent paint instead? Has anyone ever tried it or is this just an insane thought? Sure would save a lot of labor and soap.
  2. dyce51

    dyce51 Fire Starter

    You mean seal the liner with a high temp paint? If so I don't think that would work. As the UDS heats up the liner under the paint could still melt or release toxins. I don't think I would trust that. Burning it out is the best way.
  3. hog warden

    hog warden Smoking Fanatic

    I suspect the universal response will be no paint on the inside of the drum......ever.

    Burn the liner out (easier to do if you start with a barrel that doesn't have a liner to begin with), get the inside down to bare metal....or as close as you can.....wipe it down with a light coat of oil and season it in. The first smoke you do will finish the seasoning job, the whole thing eventually turning blacker than black.
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yea I wouldnt' think leaving the liner and painting it would be a good idea.
  5. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't paint the inside of your UDS.

    Bad idea.

  6. porkaholic

    porkaholic Smoke Blower

    Thanks folks. That is what I thought the responses might be but just had to ask. I got a good burn on the one I am making and it is now down to bare metal. I appreciate the input.
  7. grizandizz

    grizandizz Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Agreed, no paint.
    Just burn it out and Pam it or bacon grease like I did, killer aroma!![​IMG]
  8. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Are ya gonna post up some qview of the build?
  9. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You've got it made now. [​IMG]

    Hardest damn part of building a UDS is finding a drum with no liner or getting one with a liner down to bare metal.

  10. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    If you have a liner in it, burn down to raw metal. Next, spray down the inside with cooking oil and "SEASON" it.
  11. porkaholic

    porkaholic Smoke Blower

    The only part giving me problems at this point is the bottom of the barrel. I think the fire I burned in it just did not get the heat needed to the bottom. So, I think a torch will finish the burn for me and then see what the wire wheel brush will do. As was stated, I am almost there. I will post pictures of the build when I get done. Thanks for the help.

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