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Old 03-08-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Install rotisserie/rib-o-lator on a UDS..??

I just completed my UDS and now I'm if there is a way to install a rotisserie so that all you to do is to drill a hole on each side of the drum and mount the brackets..?? I have never owned a rotisserie setup so I was just thinking to could slide the rod from one end though the holes, then hook up the motor. Then when not in use you could seal the two holes up..?? I jsut don't really want to cut the notches in the drum because I wouldn't use the rotisserie all the time. Thanks again everyone...

Oh, I'm looking at the rib-o-lator....!!!

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Old 03-08-2010, 10:24 PM   #2
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Re: Install rotisserie/rib-o-lator on a UDS..??

Home Depot sells the whole kit. I am drilling a 1/2 in hole in each side of the drum about 8 in from the rim. The adjacent hole will need to be a bit higher since the motor holds the rod higher than where the rod will rest on the other end. You can go higher with your holes since you are not using a flat stock drum lid. Mount the motor bracket with bolts and wing nuts so you can take the bracket off if you like. Use the wingnuts and bolts to plug those holes. I'm using 1/2 in metal plugs like the ones for the intake to plug the spit holes when not in use. The only bad thing is, you have to put your meat on the rod as it comes thought the hole into your drum, since you won't be able set it in slots. My buddy was joking that Iím going to drop a chicken into the burning charcoal basket! I might just use my bottom rack to prevent this. I also saw a Utube vid where a guy used Weber charcoal baskets on the sides of the bottom rack and a drip pan in the middle. Same set up as a kettle rotisserie.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:30 PM   #3
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Re: Install rotisserie/rib-o-lator on a UDS..??

That's great to hear..!!!! Take pictures while you install...
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:28 PM   #4
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Re: Install rotisserie/rib-o-lator on a UDS..??

Personally, I wouldn't mount one in a drum. I'd much rather use a Weber rotisserie ring for it or any rotiss setup.

Couple of reasons and you can take it with a grain of salt.

1) Think about how you plan to fire the drum up with the rod mounted through the side.
2) Setting up the Rib-O-Lator IMO should be done on a flat surface and spin tested for balance.
3) Loading meats with the fire below will be HOT to work with and the possibility to lose meats is at risk.
4) I strongly encourage using a cook grate under any rotisserie on a drum.









Char-Broil basket on the drum/w kettle ring



Spit rod on drum w/kettle ring



Cajun Bandit w/R-O-L & Kettle ring





But-what do I know?

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Old 03-09-2010, 06:57 PM   #5
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Re: Install rotisserie/rib-o-lator on a UDS..??

I don't think you can drill a hole in the drum and insert the rod. The rod would have to stick out both ends and with baskets or forks attached you wouldn't be able to slid it into two holes.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:03 PM   #6
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Re: Install rotisserie/rib-o-lator on a UDS..??

swamprb, thanks for all the pics... That just makes me even more excited about a rotisserie setup.

Bad thing is you all are probably right about needing a ring. I can definitely get another drum... I just really would rather not have to do another burn out. hmmmm.... the thinking and planning begins.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:18 PM   #7
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Re: Install rotisserie/rib-o-lator on a UDS..??

Keep an eye out for the Weber ring on E-bay or some other sites, I've seen them as low as $116 for the Ring, motor and spit rod.
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Re: Install rotisserie/rib-o-lator on a UDS..??

I can definitely get another drum... I have a unlimited supply to drums as long as I'm not taking truck loads every week... I'll probably end up making a ring from another drum, I just need some time to get other things done around the house...
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