15 gallon drums

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15 gallon drums

Post by McBroom » March 5th, 2020, 10:18 pm

Does anyone know if a 15 gal drum make a good UDS?
A guy on Facebook has a bunch of them for sale for $15 ea.

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Re: 15 gallon drums

Post by Dirtytires » March 5th, 2020, 11:19 pm

Don’t know about manufacturers...I’d probably be concerned with the metal thickness. My thought is everything else can be welded and fixed.



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Re: 15 gallon drums

Post by Big T » March 6th, 2020, 5:21 pm

I've seen plenty of them built from 30 gallon drums but I've never seen a 15 gallon. That's not to say it wouldn't work, I'm just not familiar with the dimensions of that size drum.


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Re: 15 gallon drums

Post by McBroom » March 8th, 2020, 6:49 pm

Thanks guys. I decided against them. Seller would give the dimensions so I said screw it.

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Re: 15 gallon drums

Post by JPinSTL » August 11th, 2020, 1:12 pm

Most I've seen are 14in diameter. I made 1 for my folks that size since its just the 2 of them. Works great for shorter smokes, chicken, etc. You are a bit limited with the size so a smaller fire basket means shorter smoke times. The Weber Smoky Joe mini kettle grates fit and are $10. I picked up a cheap tabletop clone from Walmart for $15 mainly for the domed lid to get some more height. Dollar Tree had these cheap pizza pans that I used for a diffuser, def need that given the short height. I put in 2 racks, just use the bottom rack if doing a whole chicken or butt.
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Re: 15 gallon drums

Post by Dirtytires » August 12th, 2020, 10:23 am

I like it. Would make a nice ‘camping’ smoker.



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