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Old 02-28-2008, 03:31 PM   #1
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My first UDS

I wanted to see what all the comotion was about with the Ugly Drum Smoker. So I built one. It took about $120 in parts and the drum and took about 12 beers to build it. It can be built for less $$ but I opted for the brand new drum and had to have a little chrome I also did quite a bit of braising (Charcoal basket & the nipples) but this cooker can be made without doing that.
I haven't painted it yet (optional) but I don't think a turbo heater and paint fumes would mix to well in my garage.
I'm gonna' season it up this weekend and get her cooking.

I'd like to thank Cliff H. and BBQ Bubba for countless tips and info.
I really appreciate it guys


Braising the expanded metal for the charcoal basket


Braising the nipples on




Because of this......


We added this handle for easy removal of the basket


Charcoal basket


Top cooking grate


A handle for the lid. A little chrome and she's ready to cook
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:03 PM   #2
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What gloves? Weee donnn neeed no stinnnking gloves.
You are living....heated garage, welding goodies, 2 spotless Hogs...whats not to like.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:38 PM   #3
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Nice job Puff, looks great!!
Wait till ya fire that baby up, just don't tell the OL that it doesn't need to be looked after all day, she might find something for ya to do!

Gotta get Bruce to build one now!!
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:53 PM   #4
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so the valve controls the draft?

Cool idea
Yep. There's 2 other nipples with caps that can be removed for more or less airflow. Real easy to make Chuck, give it a try
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:55 PM   #5
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Nice job Puff, looks great!!
Wait till ya fire that baby up, just don't tell the OL that it doesn't need to be looked after all day, she might find something for ya to do!

Gotta get Bruce to build one now!!
She WILL not know that!
I think Bruce is on to it.
Thanks Bro' for the help
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:56 PM   #6
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What gloves? Weee donnn neeed no stinnnking gloves.
You are living....heated garage, welding goodies, 2 spotless Hogs...whats not to like.
You forgot drinkin' beer.......life is good......life is very good
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:10 PM   #7
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$120 for a trash can?

Looks good buddy!
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$120 for a trash can?

Looks good buddy!
Cheaper than a $1000 toilet bowl
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$120 for a trash can?

Looks good buddy!
Cheaper than a $1000 toilet bowl
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Well yours is multi purpose...........you can cook dinner for bums in it, throw their trash in it and then burn the trash to keep them warm at night in it!!!
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:26 PM   #10
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$120 for a trash can?

Looks good buddy!
Cheaper than a $1000 toilet bowl
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Well yours is multi purpose...........you can cook dinner for bums in it, throw their trash in it and then burn the trash to keep them warm at night in it!!! [/quote:1kju9pqa]
So you gots one huh?
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Cool,

I gave away my drums.
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Old 02-28-2008, 07:31 PM   #12
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Nice work Puff.

What are you going to use for an ash catcher ?

My drum is my bbq weapon of choice........for the moment.

Your drum is not nearly ugly enough.
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Nice work Puff.

What are you going to use for an ash catcher ?

My drum is my bbq weapon of choice........for the moment.

Your drum is not nearly ugly enough.
The bottom of the drum unless you have a better idea
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Nice work Puff.

What are you going to use for an ash catcher ?

My drum is my bbq weapon of choice........for the moment.

Your drum is not nearly ugly enough.
The bottom of the drum unless you have a better idea
You are going to want to attatch something to the bottom of your fire grate or at the very least put a pan of some kind in the bottom to catch the ash.

Turning the can upside down to dump the ash will work for about two cooks, then you will be thinking of a better way.
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I wanted to see what all the comotion was about with the Ugly Drum Smoker. So I built one. It took about $120 in parts and the drum and took about 12 beers to build it. It can be built for less $$ but I opted for the brand new drum and had to have a little chrome
I love that chrome exhaust stack.
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Nice work Puff.

What are you going to use for an ash catcher ?

My drum is my bbq weapon of choice........for the moment.

Your drum is not nearly ugly enough.
The bottom of the drum unless you have a better idea
Paul, cut a 1/4 off the bottom of a 30 gallon drum and weld a few handles on it will fit right in the 55.
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I have an extra drum, and I would like to make one of these. I would prefer to find a different drum that contained some type of food. The drum I have has pump able mold sealer in it.

Got any good tips on a drum that contained a food product?
Check any bakeries or any other food making place in your area.
You might be able to score a free one that way.
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Nice work Puff.

What are you going to use for an ash catcher ?

My drum is my bbq weapon of choice........for the moment.

Your drum is not nearly ugly enough.
The bottom of the drum unless you have a better idea
Paul, cut a 1/4 off the bottom of a 30 gallon drum and weld a few handles on it will fit right in the 55. [/quote:2t75gob8]
Good idea Chris. I'll have to measure to see if that would block the intakes at all. First thing I have to do is get some wheels on this thing
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Time for the first burn. I loaded the basket full of lump and let her rip wide open to burn off goop on the inside.
After this I'll rub it down with vegatable oil and let it season for a bit.
You know I swear I saw some blue smoke coming out already


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Puff... I just wanna thank you...for such a great thread!
Very Interesting!

And for not showing your face in the pics..... I'm fixing dinner here.
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