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Statts' Not-So-Ugly Drum Smoker

Discussion in 'Geek Food' started by Statts, Mar 17, 2015.

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  1. Havabigjuan

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    I used to have some perforated stainless sheet around the place which might be mod able for baskets

    holes were small though so might not be suitable

    shopping trolleys are stainless aren't they, or just nickel plated now? ;)
     
  2. Shepete

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    I made mine from some old bbq grill plates I got from the tip shop. Cut to size, wire together & instant fire box. It is very heavy though. Should last forever.
     
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    Well, the exterior is all finished, and all that's left to do is finish the charcoal basket (basiclaly just pick up the pizza tray and affix to bottom as an ash tray).

    Pictures speak better....

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  4. MR CHILLED

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    So that's where all the shopping trolleys go, problem solvered :leet:
     
  5. Havabigjuan

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    sssssshhhhhhhhh

    I once saw a trailer cage obviously made with shopping trolleys
     
  6. Havabigjuan

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    so the air intake pipes at the back

    were they your idea? or sourced idea?
     
  7. AzonIc

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    That looks awesome - what have you done with the lip on the hood?

    Also - replacement handles from weber should be free from your local weber specialist, or at least they are through mine.

    Though you could stain the wooden one and the shelves the same which would also look sweet
     
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    Half sourced idea. Have seen some people in the states do it, but they use ugly galv pipe. I think it looks a lot better in copper, and I've given it a lick of hight temp clear coat to preserve the look.

    Hammered it flat so that it can seal unmodified to the top of an open-top drum. I could have used a slightly raised piece of flashing and an un-modified lid could go on, but the extra height would have meant the hinge didn't work, and I really wanted it hinged.

    Thanks, I'll look into the replacement handles. As for staining, I'm considering it, but not quite sure yet...
     
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    And the charcoal basket is finished.

    • Charcoal grate from 18.5" Weber
    • Some 1"x1/2" steel mesh
    • Stainless tie wire
    • Aluminium 15" deep pan pizza tray
    • Stainless bolts, washer, nuts n stuff

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  10. AzonIc

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    Good work! :thumbup::thumbup:

    I would like to take you up on that offer for mesh for 6pack.. what do you like?

    I picked up a drum today

    http://bit.ly/1OrqAKF

    Unfortunately the lid I grabbed is the wrong one.. but it does fit the weber base perfectly! (Which means the green drums they have would fit the weber lid perfectly..). I don't need the lid though, so I think that presents opportunities rather than problems.

    http://bit.ly/1IXbCZ2

    I also scored another cheap weber off gumtree; $30. This one's paint job looks in better condition than the first one so can't wait to see how it cleans up during the week. I'll then have to decide which one gets butchered.

    http://bit.ly/1FNLCiE

    Statts I don't want to crap on your thread (hence links for pics rather than full pics) so I'll flick this out to a new thread if anyone wants to follow my build..
     
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    Samuel Adams' Boston Lager is my current daily :thumbup: PM me when you know what size etc etc you want.

    Looks like you're well on your way and know what you're doing. I'll sub to your thread and look forward to updates.
     
  12. looktall

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    I had a thought about a ready made charcoal basket.
    Would the strainless steel drum from a clothes dryer fit in a 44?
     
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    I guess, but it would be way too tall.
     
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    How tall is your basket?
     
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    The sides are 13" high and the bottom of the basket is 3" off the bottom of the drum.
     
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    The night has finally arrived, it's seasoning time!. Cleaned out and rinsed the inside before letting it dry. Then gave it a good liberal coating of canola spray, and fired up about 1/3 of a basket of charcoal with some hickory chunks.

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    Very nice, you're keener than I am starting the coals on one of those canister bbq's with their tendency to blow when they get too hot.

    How important do you think it is to have a food safe drum? Having no luck around here - I guess if I get one that's had engine oil in it I'll need to give it a really good clean/burn out. But will that be enough?
     
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    Did you repaint your weber lid?

    Also the plugged hole at the bottom front - do you need that?
     
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    Even the food safe ones will have a plastic liner which are probably unsafe once they get hot, they will all need a thorough burn out and clean. Just avoid anything that had an actual poison (eg herbicide) in it, fuel or oil should be OK after a burn.
     
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