UDS Kettle Lids (2) + Cooking/Fire Grates for $29

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by thunderdome, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Found this at my local Big Lots and had to share with everybody since the Kettle Lid problem seems to be re-occuring.

    Here is the Kettle Grill I got at Big Lots for under $32 Out-The-Door. Beats Wal Marts price by over $10, and you get more bang for your buck too!
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    http://www.biglots.com/Outdoorlife/i...d=217&iid=7351

    This is definately cheap, but it works like a charm. The cool thing here is that the bottom of this kettle grill works great as a lid as well. It has a much bigger domed shape too. I think I could do beer can chickens on my top rack now. So of course I have to build my 2nd UDS [​IMG] (the one that I made my avatar logo for)

    I will take some pics of the mods I did to make it fit properly. But hammering the lip flat with a rubber mallet, then setting on drum (bottom of drum always fits better whether open or closed drums), then tapping excess lip down around UDS Drum bottom.
     
  2. porkaholic

    porkaholic Smoke Blower

    I just bought one of those last week and what you say is true, more bang for the buck. I have two drums and will be able to use the bottom and top of this unit for lids. I also got to use one grill and then used the ash grill as the bottom of my charcoal basket. Instead of reworking the bottom piece to fit the top of the drum I just use two large bull nose clips to hold the lid in place, works well. Isn't it great when a plan comes together.
     
  3. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Now if I could figure out what to do with the spare legs
     
  4. Air intakes???[​IMG]
     
  5. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    I like the thought.

    With a little welding I thinkg something could work.

    I hope to have pics of the Kettle (lid, and bottom) on a drum for viewing soon
     
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just picked up a full grill like this from Walmart after Xmas for $20. I don't know if they are still that price or not.
     
  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey ThunderDome I like your thinking about using the bottom part of the grill for a lid. I will have to try that on mine and see if it works.
     
  9. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    I too purchased the Uniflame from Walmart. But it was $40+tax

    It works ok, however the lid handle is placed in the front, for hinged usage, so that's a minor draw back.

    Also, there was a lot of plugging to do, for all the pre-drilled holes for the hinges. Don't get me wront, it still works like a charm now, however, The bottom of that one I have yet to mess with.

    The advantage of the cheaper one, is that where they cut corners actually benefits the UDS user because the kettle bottom has the exact same exhaust and circular aluminum cover as the top does. So it already looks/functions like the lid.

    Only mod I have to do for the bottom is flattening the lip, and then tapping down. Then adding a $3 handle to it.

    I will post pics. Let me know if you get the bottom of the Uniflame to work as well
     
  10. fishintimber

    fishintimber Newbie

  11. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    DAMN I missed it!
     

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