Super mods on a drum!

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by rw willy, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have a drum that is 30" across and 40" tall.  An old shipping container.

    My issue is it is cut 2/3rds horizontally, so you lift off the top 1/3rd to remove the contents.  I think it would be a hassle to make a traditional UDS out it due to diameter.

    So, I'm thinking about a propane burner from a old Weber gasser and a Bradley smoke generator.

    I'm trying to save myself a bunch of cutting and trying to tackle a chip smoke tray and additional stuff.

    Any thoiughts on the bradley smoker or the weber propane tubes.  I have three of them.  Would I need all three?

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2011
  2. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    Give us a little help so we can help you

  3. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You are so right.

    Here they are.  I also corrected my earlier post.  The thing is cut horizontally.  Those are interior dimensions, 30 x 40.  I would have it sandblasted prior to any work.  I am thinking about the Weber propane tube burners.  They are from my old Genesis.  I know I need to leave the orifice outside and I would need a grease shield over them.. For the smoke.  I am leaning towards a Bradley smoke generator, I know biscuits, but so what.  I should be able to use a Weber 26" replacement grill.  Any thoughts?  Thanks

  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like it would be heavy to lift that top off? Am I right or wrong?
  5. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You are right.  It is a very heavy gage container.

    I am thinking about cutting the the very top off and getting a hinge setup to raise and lower it.  If I kept it seperated at the original seam I would lose alot of smoking room.
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Flip it over and cut doors in sides.[​IMG]Screw lifting a lid .Fire box bottom meat chamber top.
  7. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That sounds like a good idea.  Can I go charcoal   use the same basket as my UDS?  I was thinking if I used my UDS basket, because this drum is so large (dia.) I would have cold spots on the sides.I don't think a 26" charcoal basket would burn that well.  I had thought about a SFB.  But it would be about 2' x2'x2'  might be kinda bulky hanging off the side.

    Those are the reasons I was thinking of propane and the Bradley smoker.  A little costly but!

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