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Making my own Ugly Drum Smoker

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by GreenDrake, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    Just for fun, I have been putting this off for too long. Ran into the chance to get a nice smooth walled barrel and decided it was time to try one of these out, you can never have too many smokers.

    I opted to keep the smooth wall and welded the grate mounts inside without having to drill out the barrel. Yes it is ugly right now, but I just burned out the liner Saturday. This is a shot with it sanded down running it's first load of lump with the heat deflector and a grate in place.

    Taking it to get powder coated this week.

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  2. sawgrass

    sawgrass

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    That looks great! I built one about two years ago and have had a lot of fun with it. It really holds the heat well and I haven't found a need for a water pan. I put three ball valves on the bottom and a two inch ball valve in the lid.
    I had them laying around in a box of stuff so no additional expense. Which thermometer are you using? Is it accurate?

    Enjoy!
     

  3. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    I am going to put in two Tel-Tru glow in the dark 5 inchers, if I can afford the dang things. They are proud of them but I want to have monster guages on that baby so I can see them from the bed of my truck at competitions. Well, not really, I just want the big ones. Who doesn't love big ones, right? Am I right? lol
     
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    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    If you get it powder coated it won't be an ugly drum anymore. It'll be a pretty drum. :supergrin:

    That thing is sweet!
     
  6. mc1911

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    Are there plans available for that?
     
  7. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    MC, nah there's plenty of info out there for them. Essentially it is how you want it. I have tabs welded into the sidewalls to allow for two racks, a charcoal basket made of expanded metal, a heat deflector with a hoop on it made from a circular cut of the lid, the door, legs, three three inch nipples with caps for startup and higher heat venting, a 36 inch cold rolled pipe with a ball valve on it and that's about it. Going to powder coat tomorrow. So stoked. It holds a steady 250 very well. Fun cookers and quite a cult following behind them.
     
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    Oh, and I have two ports drilled for probes and one port at each grate level for thermos.
     
  9. BigMoneyGrip

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    I've had one for about three years now. I made mine out of the open head barrel and it cooks unbelievably. I made a 10" spacer to put under my charcoal basket so I can do hamburgers and other "grilling" meats. I'm trying to find a barrel made of SS, the holy grail of smokers.

    I'm sure my cholesterol has went up at least 87 points since I built this thing. I smoked a 10lbs. butt on it this weekend and it was done in a little over 8 hours. They cook great!
     
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    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    Money, this one is stainless steel. I love the smooth wall look too. It is at the powder coater right now. Can't wait.
     
  11. BigMoneyGrip

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    You can buy them from McMaster-Carr but they are about $850.
     
  12. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    It's not the meat that does you in. It's the cornbread and fritters and tater-salad and chips and sugary BBQ sauce and cole slaw. Just make a big mess of yummy meat and watch your #'s improve!
     
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    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

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    We don't care how it looks but how it tastes the food you put inside, so SHARE!!! :supergrin:
     
  14. GreenDrake

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    I will have it back from powder coat on Friday. Bummer deal is, all they can do is hammered black for a high temp finish. No big deal, I can figure out some design to have coated and installed off-set and put it on the barrel if I want to. For now, I am just happy to be able to cook on that bad boy this weekend in finished condition.