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Ugly Drum Smoker

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by CyberB0b, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    Anyone built one of these? I am considering it.

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    I might do one like this, but in a Dallas Cowboys theme. I figure I can do it all for around $150.
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  2. MonsterD

    MonsterD Quota outta absentia

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    Looks like Heisenberg is ready to cook!
  3. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing

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    I would probably blow my house up trying to build something like that. Props.
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  4. PJTHEDOORS

    PJTHEDOORS Well-Known Member

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    I'm hungry now. Cool project to have.
  5. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    It's very simple. Just requires the drum, various nuts and bolts, a step drill bit, and some miscellaneous grill parts.
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  6. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Make darn sure the drum is clean, or that you know what it contained previously. A few years back, when the 55 gal. drum BBQ pits got real popular, some nefarious producers were using drums that had stored hazardous chemicals in them.
  7. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Great project. I made a garbage can smoker for a Fourth of July weekend a few years back. The setup means you have to have your charcoal right because moving charcoal from the perimeter of the can into the fire is a pain, and adding lump mid-smoke is not an option. Unless there's a hatch in the back of the drum we're not seeing.

    I messed up the amount of lump I'd need, got the fire too hot, and oxidized the zinc oxide coating on the galvanized trashcan. Ruined a 6 pound pork butt. Grrr.
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  8. TheDallasDon

    TheDallasDon AegonTheConqueror-Now bend the knee

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    I knew it was going to be this, or a really disturbing post lol
  9. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    Yeah, I don't mess with galvanized stuff in anything that goes near cooking food. From what I understand, if the charcoal basket is designed properly, these things can go 16+ hours on one load of charcoal.
  10. viman96

    viman96 Thread Killer

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    Nice! I'd love to make a UDS!
  11. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    Why not just get one of these? $200 at Bass Pro Shops. Propane, no fooling with charcoal or that nonsense.

    I got one recently and its way better than a charcoal smoker. Easier to maintain temp, and works great by getting a bigger water pan, and a 12" cast iron skillet for the wood chips/lumps. The skillet seems to help keep the temp at a more even level.

    Masterbuilt™ Sportsman Elite® Series Extra Wide Propane Smoker


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  12. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Propane? Propane? Who said anything about propane?
  13. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    Me.

    What I posted was about a propane smoker. No need for charcoal or wood. Just wood chips, or chunks. Its easier to maintain a level temp = better results.
  14. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    That was supposed to be in my Jim Mora voice.
  15. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    Gotcha.

    I was skeptical and really never considered a propane smoker. But I went on the recommendation of someone who has had his for 7 yrs and loves it.
  16. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    I like smoking meat. Propane is cheating.
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  17. TheDallasDon

    TheDallasDon AegonTheConqueror-Now bend the knee

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    sorry someone had to
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  18. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    "You honor me by giving me gas."
  19. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    14 years ago I was the proud father of one of these.......... ;)
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  20. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Seems like a bit of overkill. I assume the vertical yellow pipes w/ the ball valves are the air intakes? I'd be kinda skeptical those work very well. The diameter seems kinda small. Are there 2 matching ones on the opposite side?

    Here's my two favorite "drum-smoker" designs.


    Big Baby Double-Barreled Cooker
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    Instructions Page Link

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    'Course, if you have to go UDS, this one's pretty nice! ;)
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