I thought it would be nice to have a place to be able to see all the awesome custom smoker builds from the members here. For example, some plans call for a welder, we swapped out that step and went a different route by building a charcoal basket fastened with u-bolts instead of welding it together. I cant weld so I used self tapping sheet metal screws. This was a challenge, since the metal was so thin and the fit was far from perfect. Jax, FL. I found your site last week and now picked up 2 55 gallon drums. Once your coals are lit up, all you need to do is add some wood chunks and wait a while for the temperature to stabilize. You can even find paint specifically made for barbecues. Phil I would think that you would have to add a fire box for an offset smoker. During the first three hours the smoke is soaked into the meat as normal, while during the two wrapped hours, the ribs are steamed, allowing the moisture to soak in, making the meat much more tender to get that “fall-off-the-bone” effect. they are simply too thin. You can easily spend $60 on a good titanium bit at your local hardware store, but if you don’t plan on using it on the job site everyday the recommended one is perfectly fine. Go with the Tel-Tru BBQ Thermometer if installing an analog gauge -- temperature matters -- especially when smoking meat for 8+ hours. When you first start adjusting the temperature using the vents, the charcoal will emit a thick white smoke. Not sure how to make the most tender, juiciest smoked ribs? DIY kits to build a UDS 55 gallon Ugly Drum Smoker. I am really trying to avoid grinding the inside. I wanted to stay away from chemicals, but I think burning would help. Check it out on my Husker tailgate blog: http://huskertailgating.wordpress.com/. They recommend only applying one coat, which I agree with after trying to touch up a few spots after drying, resulting in some weird gloss differences. The login page will open in a new tab. Fill the basket nearly the top with charcoals, but don’t use any kind of self-lighting fire briquettes, because they contain petroleum and fluid that will give your meat an odd flower. Follow these tips for outdoor 55-gallon drum storage: 1. Thanks for posting your work. Great job – my son and I are trying to duplicate your effort and we have one question. The cost of the build is also a lot less than buying a prefabricated wood burning stove. 2 — April 13th, 2010 at 5:16 am. Get the PDF format CADD Drawing/Plans for UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker) and the fire basket. Me, too! But for starters, here is how I made a low cost, no weld 55 gallon drum smoker. This walkthrough takes you through everything you need and how to assemble your very own UDS. And voilà you’ve got yourself a one of a kind ugly drum smoker. This is a great #MeatGeek project with an insatiable drive for DIY tasks. If you don’t already own a step bit, I can recommend this one which will set you back about $10 to $15. awesomeness. You’ll place the nuts and bolts in these holes to support the grilling grate. Just wondering if you found any chemical that will help strip off the beige paint on the inside of the barrels. I laid it out in CAD, which made it easy to generate the intersecting curve between the two barrels. (also good fabrication practice) We usually just load up the smoker with a ton of charcoal or wood and get it as hot as we can. Leave a little room on top because we’ll be adding hot coals to the top. I know nothing about CAD but will probably learn enough to use the JPG you’ve posted here. Part-1 What is a Reverse Flow Smoker? It’s simple and effective, and in the end it mostly convinced me that the design need not be complex. Before you dive right in, there are some important warnings you should be aware of. 1 — April 6th, 2010 at 7:56 pm. Measure 12 to 14 inches from the bottom and drill four 1/4 inch holes all the way around. Hi Rob– Sorry, I did the grinding thing. Im new to welding and I just happen to have 2 55gal drums on hand. Smoke as usual for two hours. It’s pretty simple. Now, for this seasoning you’ll want to cook something with a lot of fat (bacon, breakfast sausage, chorizo, etc.). Many ways are available to build your own barrel heaters depending on what you have available. All you need is your trusty smoker, a large sheet of aluminum foil, and your previous knowledge about how to smoke. Although it might sound complicated, building one of these beasts is actually pretty easy for the average do it yourselfer. Take either vegetable oil or a cooking spray and apply it all over the inside of the drum. But the pieces on the doors curve in the thick direction – either you have one heck of a rolling machine or you cut those from sheet stock? While you can use a torch and some elbow grease to remove any possible toxic liners, it's easier to purchase a non-lined barrel. you have just made my smoker when can i get it great job, Id like to copy your design. Charcoal basket, dampers, thermometers, lid hinges and parts for ugly drum cookers . The propane tank is ideal, however, it still takes a bit of finesse. Drill three 1 inch holes evenly spaced, about 3 inches off the bottom. I then tried the spray can version of the same paint, but found it to be flat finish (vs. the brush-on which is satin). the only problem i have with 55 gallon drum smokers is the thickness of the walls. My step drill bit did an amazing job, but the cordless drill still went through two fully charged batteries getting the job done. Step 1: Acquire a 55 Gallon Drum. After a thorough deburring, wire-brushing and degreasing with alcohol, I set about applying a high-temperature grill paint. The best part of an Ugly Drum Smoker is you should remain at 250°F for upwards of 10 hours. I’ll admit the Gator brand paint & rust remover discs I found at Lowes were very effective (if a bit pricey at 9 bucks a piece). That is a great looking smoker there!!! The ideal smoke has a thin, bluish appearance. Expect to pay about $75 or less for a new non-lined barrel. It is the same concept behind the Pit Barrell Cooker, our winner for the "Best Smoker Under $500". VERYY NICE WORK!! There are certainly faster and more efficient ways to cook food, but damn smoked meat is good. To prevent burn-through and warpage I used a “stitching” technique where you put a quick tack weld across the joint, wait a second or less and put another tack next to it, continuing like that for about an inch at a time. Double-fold if you need to. Some people prefer to use a fire starter cube instead of a chimney. Once the paint is burnt off you’ll drill various holes around the drum and lid for hardware placement, air intake control, and exhaust. So those are the basics of handling a smoker, but what’s the best technique for heating and smoking a proper rib? Not the flat pieces on the curved part of the barrel – those curve in the thin direction of the metal and I can see how to curve those myself. All rights reserved. The so-called “3-2-1 method” is one of the most common techniques that people use to smoke their ribs. This is a great smoking technique that is versatile enough to smoke almost any cut of pork ribs to perfection. Next I tacked on some small support tabs for the grates and six small sections of square tube as feet. Check alignment and weld in place. You should also be aware that when you open the lid to the smoker, you should keep the exposure to the air as brief as possible, as too much oxygen may ignite at grease buildup that’s on the sides of the grill, so be sure to give it a thorough cleaning after each time. I am scamming some free smoke oil barrels left over from the Air Show and plan to start working on the smoker this weekend. fgreen14@excite.com, Hello recently i got the itch to build a smoker out of two 55 gallon drums. So I bought about 80 feet of 1/4″ diameter 304 stainless rod (from onlinemetals.com) and cut it to length on the abrasive chop saw. To add the second grate you'll be repeating the same steps you just completed in step 4. I bought a 3″ smoker/grill thermometer online, and used some nickel-plated chain for the lid stays. Before I move on to my 6 1/2′ long 25″ in diameter butane tank that I’ll be putting on a trailor hitch! If you have the charcoal going property you should be around a perfect 250°F. Open all of the vents and put the lid on. That means that in a blind tasting, you can't tell if the end result was cooked in a modern commercial- The last thing I wanted was burning paint fumes getting into the food, so every bit of paint needed to go. Attached the basket you bended to the charcoal grate using the U-Bolt. After making lots of small assemblages out of scrap metal  I managed to build a stool and a couple of plant stands, but I had bigger plans. Fasten the 4" bolts to the grate as shown. I scored a piece of 1x pine on the table saw at the proper spacing to use as a jig, and clamped the rods down. The general plan for building an ugly drum smoker is to buy a 55-gallon steel drum and burn the paint off the exterior. I don’t have a wood lathe but the metal lathe did the job. Burning paint=bad….we did something like that in our electronics class, and I ended up passing out from the fumes and smoke….if you do it, do it outside…, […] I found your entry interesting thus I’ve added a Trackback. Simple, yet practical. This PDF includes a parts list. Now we will prepare the drum for assembly in a few quick steps. This can take about thirty minutes or longer. This kit shows up at your door with all the parts ready to be assembled...almost like Ikea furniture – it's okay, we won't tell. Finally, attach some plumbing valves to work as the air inlets. 79 Responses to “55-gallon drum smoker” james writes: No. Can I interest you in a smoker you can easily build yourself which will be designed well enough to smoke food for upwards of 10 hours without the need for constant maintenance? Thanks for the inspiration to build the perfect smoker/grill combo! Once you’re all done either seasoning or just smoking, it’s important to carefully shut down the UDS. You’ll need some specific tools, but if you're a hardcore DIY-er then you probably already have all the tools you need. In both cases the moving damper is retained by screws, so I drilled holes and tacked some steel nuts behind them. The next step was grinding the paint off. Offset smoker using an old gas tank. Show ... HDS™ Horizontal UDS Build Kit . As you know smokers are not grills. CSS. 14- Make A Smoker Out Of 250 Gallon Propane Tank ... very cool. View as Grid List. Should I use 3/4″ inch X Closed or Pipe that a measurement (3/4″ X 1″ or 2″?). For your money, you can't buy a better smoker than building your own Ugly Drum Smoker. Ensure that your smoker is sized appropriately and save time and money on your build. Regular price $129 View. The idea is to smoke normally for 3 hours, cook 2 hours wrapped in heavy-duty foil to keep the moisture in, and 1 final hour while unwrapped. An optional variation takes place at the step after the wrapped two hours. These pads were ground flat then drilled and tapped. The stainless itself was already pushing my budget, so I bought a handful of stainless welding rods and used the arc welder. We measured and marked the drum first, and then it was time to drill the wholes. Thanks for the idea and Ill keep you posted on the progress. It looked like a beast…shoot me an email you gotta see it! Load your chimney with about a dozen or two coals. I’m sure that would do it eventually. I welded small pads onto the barrels and doors for the stainless steel hinges. Simple. An optional step is to apply whatever sauce you want during the last half hour of cooking time. The torch might not be enough, can you start a fire in it, hobo-style? Depending on the model of the UDS, there are either a pair of ball valves or a sliding vent door, which you can open or close depending on whether you want to raise or lower the temperature. The first dry fit was amazingly close (way to go, CAD!) To do this load your newly created charcoal basket (it should hold almost a full 20lbs bag of charcoal) with charcoal mixed with a few wood chunks for flavor. Measure about 7 inches from the top of your barrel and drill four 1/4 inch holes evenly spaced around the barrel with your step drill. Thanks for putting this up here. If I were to do this again I would find another way… sand blasting, chemicals, burning it off, etc… anything but taking it off little by little with an angle grinder. Order today! Use a 55-gallon food-grade drum with an open head. PS: I think I’m going to finding a way to adapt these cast iron grill plates. The most efficient way to ignite a UDS is to use a chimney lighter. For years, these hunka-hunka smokers—a.k.a., offset barrel smokers, horizontal smokers, pipe smokers, or “stick-burners”—have dominated the competition barbecue circuit. Smoking Meat Geeks is all about bringing people together that enjoy food as much as I do. I do have another question: the Black Steel Pipe Nipple. A few coats of Polycrylic and they’re ready to assemble. My guess is there is some type of liner in your $10 food grade barrel and it will need to burned or sandblasted out. See all the parts options below! ... Smoker Plans with CNC Files Rectangle Cook Chamber Smoker Plans Propane Tank or Air Tank Smoker Plans Pipe & Rolled Steel Smokers Cabinet Style Smoker Plans All Smoker Plans BBQ Grill Plans.
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