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  • BenSBenS
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    My keg UDSimage
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    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • BenSBenS
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    Materials used:
    1 sanke keg w/ rubber handles
    1 dial thermometer
    4 ft aluminum tape
    3 12" weber grill grates
    6 3/4" long bolts and nuts

    I cut the keg on the tallest ridge that transverses the keg. Then I took out the spear and removed the ball and spring from the spear. I then jb welded the hollow spear upside down onto the top of the spear opening to create a smoke stack.
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    I also installed the thermometer by drilling a small hole in the top of the lid for the probe. I measured the accuracy of the dial thermometer with a digital thermometer at grill(meat) level and found that it is surprisingly accurate.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • BenSBenS
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    I measured 1" down from the cut on the bottom portion and drilled 3 holes for my bolts to go through for the grilling platform. Then I measured 7" down from the previous holes and drilled 3 more holes for bolts to support my drip pan platform or a lower grilling platform if I want to sear meat.
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    I also drilling 3 holes close to the bottom of the lower portion of the keg for the coals and wood to get air intake.
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  • BenSBenS
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    I then bent in the ridge on the bottom portion of the keg and bent out the top portion of the ridge so they would slide over top of each other.
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    I then wrapped each lip with aluminum tape to 1) protect people from the sharp edges and 2) to minimize heat loss through the gap.
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  • BenSBenS
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    Then you simply add your grill grates and start your fire.
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    The bottom grate simply rests on the circular shaped bottom of the keg. There is enough space for me to put a fire starter underneath the bottom grate and pile briquettes on top of the grate. After 20-30 min, I am ready to throw on a few chunks of wood and close everything up.
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    The meat grate goes above the drip pan and the lid must go on immediately to keep in heat.
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  • BenSBenS
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    If you build it, they will come. My holiday smoked turkeys have been a hit this year with everyone that has tasted them. My wife says they are the best turkey she's ever had in her life, and I after making 4 this year, I can say they come out consistent.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • BenSBenS
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    I'll post a few pics of it in action in a few weeks.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • C_BC_B
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    This is awesome. And it looks easy to make.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • BenSBenS
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    It is very awesome. I'm very happy with it. I don't know if I'd go out and pay a lot of money for a keg to do this, but I had a few extras laying around when I got the idea.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    similar setup on my uds. i'll post some pics if i'm ever home during sunlight hours.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • BenSBenS
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    A chicken I smoked yesterday for dinner.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    looks delicious.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    here's my uds, the barrel was free, so why not?

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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    the magnet is to control the air inlet.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ThymThym
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    where did the free drum come from?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Lakewood said:

    where did the free drum come from?



    stole it from a hobo.

    or i got it at work. either way
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ThymThym
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    Friggin hobos. They have all the cool stuff.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • JerryJerry
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    Lakewood said:

    where did the free drum come from?



    stole it from a hobo.

    or i got it at work. either way

    You work for hobos, cool!
    Lakewood said:

    Friggin hobos. They have all the cool stuff.


    Nothing cooler than a genuine hobo knife, hobo house box, or hobo shopping cart.
    "Again?"
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  • ThymThym
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    I wonder where a non-hobo might acquire a barrel for free in southern california
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • LothosLothos
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    i get them for $20.00 up here
    but i wouldnt cook in them
    we use them for burn barrels for house hold paper
    Ain't that a Bitch
  • ThymThym
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    Lothos said:

    i get them for $20.00 up here
    but i wouldnt cook in them
    we use them for burn barrels for house hold paper



    where do you buy them for $20?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • LothosLothos
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    up here in redneck central Olalla wa

    HA hA ha
    Ain't that a Bitch
  • ThymThym
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    i mean the type of place, like is it a chemical company or a food service company or is it literally a drum and barrel company?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    im trying to figure out if there is a company around here that has a similar line of business.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • LothosLothos
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    oh no there not clean by any means i wouldnt cook or smoke food of any kind in them here

    just a burn barrel
    Ain't that a Bitch
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Lothos said:

    oh no there not clean by any means i wouldnt cook or smoke food of any kind in them here

    just a burn barrel



    they're fine to use after you burn em out. fire is a great cleaner.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B