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Burnt Endz
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03 10 11:20 pm    Post subject: Looking for ideas...... Reply with quote

I have never actually welded anything....I've ran a cutting torch before...but that's as close as I've been.

I have access to a welding machine and tools through my in-laws. I am really wanting to build my own UDS.

I'm looking for ideas as to where I can pick up a 55 gal. drum as well as the metal I will need. Probably just go with 3/16 for the firebox as that seems to be the most common....but i'm guessing 1/4 will hold heat better?

Any tips or suggestions?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04 10 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know much about UDS building but there are several builds documented on this forum like this one, http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43266&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=build+uds&start=0

You can get your drum here.... http://www.usabarrels.com/ Smile

You don't really need to add a separate firebox for the UDS.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04 10 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didnt really like the ease of the challenge in building a UDS... so i went this route with my 55 gallon drum!!






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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04 10 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MitchnLynds, if you are wanting to build a UDS you will not need any heavy metal or welder. All you really need is a drill, a hole saw and some drill bits.
Drums can be had where Jonny mentioned I imagine. When you do purchase your drum try for an unlined new barrel, it is worth the extra cost. Once you get the barrel let us know and we can help you get her built. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04 10 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get misc metal from any hardware store ,menards, home depot, or lowes. These stores will carry round stock angle flat and tube. The biggest problem is they come in 3' or 4' lengths and will nickle and dime you to death on the pocket book. If you are going to do any amount of welding or build your own smoker find a local steel yard. They sell it by the pound and you can buy it in 10' or 20' pieces for about the same price as a 3' piece at the hardware store. Also as if they have a 2nds area. The steel yard by me has a area with miss cuts and rusty stuff. They sell this by the pound and is much cheaper and you can buy smaller pieces with out buying a whole sheet or full length.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04 10 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to build a horizontal smoker...not a vertical....does that matter on the tools I will need?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04 10 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MitchnLynds, anything is possible. Take a look at Riskdude's build. Not a welder involved. The same principles can be applied to a conventional offset.
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=35740&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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