OK...this is the BIG weekend. I am going to start my UDS project and fully document with pictures.
I got a 55 gallon open head drum w/ lid
I am going to use ball valve for air control
I got a 3" temp gauge to add at cooking grate level
I am using the water pan from a rusted out ECB and expanded metal to create the coal basket/ash tray.
Tonight, weather permitting, I am sanding the paint off the beast.
In addition, I also got, for free, a closed head 55 gallon drum that I was thinking about turning into a charcoal maker....as a future project.
I am going to cut open the lid.
Make a wide grate using Stainless Steel rods that will hold the logs as they brun. As the log falls aparts, it will fall through the rodded grate onto the bottom of the drum. Then, with a shovel, I can scoop the coals out of the opening at the bottom of the drum and into the smoker.
Here is a poorly drawn design.
I know it might be a bit redneck, but the drum was free and all I have to purchase is the SS rods.
Wish me luck and let me know what you think about project #2...