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Post Fri May 11, 2007 12:51 pm
jamesstew well done
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Thought I'd start a thread on cookers made from steel drums since there seems to be lots of interest and they are easy to obtain. Here's a 30 gallon salvage drum that ate my Brinkmann Gourmet smoker:

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I was hoping some people would post some pics or give some info on offsets, uprights, anything built from old steel drums.

Post Fri May 11, 2007 12:56 pm
Kenny 13 well done
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I know we discussed this some in another thread a few days ago, and I posted an update there this morning. A co-worker tells me he can get me a 55 gallon drum at no cost, so if he comes through I'll be starting on mine pretty soon. If not, it will probably be a little later this summer.

Either way, I'm gonna try to take pictures step by step as I go to post here.
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Post Fri May 11, 2007 8:51 pm
Rickiedup rare
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Jamesstew, I think there probably is quit a few different rigs made from drums.
I made this one from a clean 55 gallon drum & some welded up pipe for the fire box. I'm not sure if it would be classified as a vertical smoker or an offset.
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Post Fri May 11, 2007 9:42 pm
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OK.

It's been made a sticky for a while.

Let's include uglies and any other drum based cookers as well.

I have 2 horizontal 55's that we use from time to time at church.

I'll dig thru and see if I can find some posts with pics.

Keep it on topic and it will live. :wink:
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Post Fri May 11, 2007 10:44 pm
Kenny 13 well done
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Thanks for the sticky YB.

Anyone have any good ideas on locating 55 gallon drums at a reasonable price? As I said before, someone can supposedly get me one free but I want to have a backup plan just in case he doesn't come through. Doing a little research, the best price I've been able to come up with for a new one is $70 plus freight charges.
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Post Sat May 12, 2007 2:41 pm
BingeAndPurge medium
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I know where to get more than a few old oil furnace containers for free and have always wanted to make a rig out of one.
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Post Sun May 13, 2007 10:26 pm
Motley Que medium-well
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i have made a few verticle drum smokers ala Big Drum Smoker. If anyone is interested in building one, let me know and i can send out directions.

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Post Mon May 14, 2007 12:32 am
Kenny 13 well done
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Motley Que, that's a pretty nice looking rig there. How many intake vents do you have there, and what size? Do you have a ball valve on one of them?

I pretty much have it all figured out how I'm gonna build mine, it's just a matter of getting the drum and the time to do it. The actual work will only take a few hours, and I have access to a welding machine to seal weld the pipe nipples in place for the intake vents.

I now have 2 different people telling me that they can get me a 55 gallon drum at no cost, so I'm going to give them some time to come through for me before I worry about trying to buy one somewhere to build one.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 9:01 am
Motley Que medium-well
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mine is a no weld version. I have 4 air intakes, 1 with a ball valve. Just make sure you have 24 inches from the fire grate to the cooking grate. This is a 55 gallon drum and I have gotten up to 20 hours on 1 load of lump
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 12:42 pm
Wolfpackbbq well done
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These guys sell brand new drums for $62
http://www.iconserv.com/index.html

Post Mon May 14, 2007 1:20 pm
Kenny 13 well done
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Motley Que wrote:
mine is a no weld version. I have 4 air intakes, 1 with a ball valve. Just make sure you have 24 inches from the fire grate to the cooking grate. This is a 55 gallon drum and I have gotten up to 20 hours on 1 load of lump


Sounds good. How many vents do you open to maintain 225*? I'm likely still going to weld mine, but it's nice to know that I don't have to if it's going to be too much of a hassle.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 1:27 pm
T-Rex well done
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Here's a project from last fall. I had made it with the intention of doing a BCT(turkey) for Thanksgiving, but it never happened. I had to cut and resize the barrel to fit the Kettle. I have yet to use it. The lid isn't a tight fit, but it should do the job. It worked quite well during the seasoning process and held heat and smoke pretty good.

Post Mon May 14, 2007 3:30 pm
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I've been thinking about this for a while now. I've got a good friend that drove for Budweiser for 12 years. He says that he can get me a ton of kegs. Do you master craftsmen think that a keg can stand up to the necessary heat requirements?
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 3:32 pm
Kenny 13 well done
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I've seen grills made from beer kegs. I would think they should hold up from the heat.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 3:36 pm
Wolfpackbbq well done
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jdub24 wrote:
I've been thinking about this for a while now. I've got a good friend that drove for Budweiser for 12 years. He says that he can get me a ton of kegs. Do you master craftsmen think that a keg can stand up to the necessary heat requirements?


A stainless keg should have no problem withstanding the heat. You would probably need a waterpan if you were trying to do a low and slow. It will be smaller than an ECB or WSM

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