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2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 18th, 2020, 7:45 am

I'm about to start building my second UDS. My original UDS was made out of a less than perfect drum. It's been good, but I'm hoping for a better sealed drum and more easily controlled temperature.

I've ordered the Smoker Builder Manufacturer competition kit (don't know where I heard about it😉) from an Aussie supplier and think I've sourced a good drum.
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It's an hour trip each way to pick up the drum, but it looks good and straight sides should make for a better smoker (at least in appearance)

I bought a hole saw kit and good quality 1/4" bit to keep things neat and efficient.

I'm planning to paint it with VHT Engine Enamel over VHT Engine Primer, the drum in dark blue, fittings in red. Feedback on paint type would be appreciated.

I'm not sure what wheels to fit, as it will be stored in my shed, which is 40 yards from where it will mostly be used, for convenience I'm leaning towards mounting it on a hand trolley.

Looking forward to getting started, and to getting smoking with it.
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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by TBone208 » May 18th, 2020, 9:47 am

I’m currently in the same stage of my UDS build (procuring a drum) so I’ll be watching to see your progress and hopefully learn a thing or two!

Good luck with the build.

Where are you in AUS? My wife and I spent some time in Cowra, Merimbula, and Bingie (all in NSW) a couple years ago during a working working holiday and had a really wonderful time. We also took a short trip to Canberra, Melbourne, and also got to see the Great Ocean Road. Beautiful country, all of it.



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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Dirtytires » May 18th, 2020, 10:56 am

Sounds like a great project.

Remember, mark your holes with a center punch to keep the bit from wandering and add a few drops of light oil with each hole. Your new bit will last a lot longer.

Maybe you could use the hand-trolly concept. Put 2 stationary wheels on the bottom edge that will only hit the ground when the barrel it tipped back. For the handle, you could just use a simple bar or integrate it into a shelf.

Either way, remember to share your build, we look forward to seeing it.



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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by ajfoxy » May 19th, 2020, 3:44 am

All those that I've built, I've also built a drum dolly to move them around. Never had an issue with them bogging down yet, and I've pushed out quite a few. If you need a pic of a drum dolly, just shout out and I'll send one your way... a pic that is not the drum dolly (that'll cost you extra... :D )


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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 19th, 2020, 4:34 am

TBone208 wrote:
May 18th, 2020, 9:47 am
I’m currently in the same stage of my UDS build (procuring a drum) so I’ll be watching to see your progress and hopefully learn a thing or two!

Good luck with the build.

Where are you in AUS? My wife and I spent some time in Cowra, Merimbula, and Bingie (all in NSW) a couple years ago during a working working holiday and had a really wonderful time. We also took a short trip to Canberra, Melbourne, and also got to see the Great Ocean Road. Beautiful country, all of it.
I'm about 45 minutes from the Great Ocean Road, on the Bellarine peninsula. I've spent many holidays just north of Merimbula at Bermagui, it's a beautiful region that was badly affected by last summer's fires.

Hope your build goes well



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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 19th, 2020, 4:38 am

Dirtytires wrote:
May 18th, 2020, 10:56 am
Sounds like a great project.

Remember, mark your holes with a center punch to keep the bit from wandering and add a few drops of light oil with each hole. Your new bit will last a lot longer.

Maybe you could use the hand-trolly concept. Put 2 stationary wheels on the bottom edge that will only hit the ground when the barrel it tipped back. For the handle, you could just use a simple bar or integrate it into a shelf.

Either way, remember to share your build, we look forward to seeing it.
I've already broken out the centre punch so I don't forget it in my enthusiasm. I'm liking the idea of a shelf and the tilt option. I've got a reasonable slope to get up, that isn't paved, so I want to make things as easy as possible. Thanks for the suggestion.



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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 19th, 2020, 4:42 am

ajfoxy wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 3:44 am
All those that I've built, I've also built a drum dolly to move them around. Never had an issue with them bogging down yet, and I've pushed out quite a few. If you need a pic of a drum dolly, just shout out and I'll send one your way... a pic that is not the drum dolly (that'll cost you extra... :D )
If you could send me a pic that would be great (not as good as sending me a dolly of course😉)



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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 19th, 2020, 4:55 am

Picked up my drum. I was hoping for a straight sided one, but they were gone. This one is in god condition, had a couple of dents that I was able to knock out pretty easily with a rubber mallet.

Planning on burning it out tomorrow. I've watched Frank's video, but it doesn't show what to do with the lid. Any suggestions would be great, as I don't want to warp or otherwise damage it.
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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Dirtytires » May 19th, 2020, 10:18 am

I would just wire-wheel the lid. Hear too many people try to burn them and get them warped.



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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by ajfoxy » May 19th, 2020, 4:13 pm

:yth: gentle with the lid. Bolt everthing to it as opposed to welding it. They do have a liking to warp if you are not careful.


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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 21st, 2020, 4:16 am

Stripped back the lid yesterday using a wire wheel for the top and a stripping disk for the liner. Seems like I must have some idea because the how to video was uploaded today and Frank was using the same type of disk on the liner.

Minor setback today, my draftmaster kit arrived, but only 2 pieces of the heat shield were in it. Contacted the guy I got it from, hopefully it will get here quickly.

Assembled the charcoal basket, it really is a well thought out and made piece of gear. The laser cut cooking grate will probably live longer than me.



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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by ajfoxy » May 21st, 2020, 4:23 am

Oops, sorry forgot about pics of the drum dolly. Here's you go...
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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 21st, 2020, 5:53 am

ajfoxy wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 4:23 am
Oops, sorry forgot about pics of the drum dolly. Here's you go...
Thanks for that. I'm not sure if it would handle the slopes I've got. I'm going to keep my options open as long as I can.

Good news, missing piece will be sent tomorrow, really happy with the response to an email sent at 7pm



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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 25th, 2020, 7:16 pm

Burned out the drum and primed the fittings.
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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 25th, 2020, 7:19 pm

Drum cleaned up, took a bit of work as the paint and liner weren't completely burnt out.
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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Peaksy » May 25th, 2020, 7:22 pm

Fittings painted with Red Engine Enamel. Lid painted in Ford New Blue Engine Enamel is in the background.
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Instructions on the can said to bake at 95C for 30 minutes.
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Of course I waited until my wife was out for a while, I'm not totally stupid.
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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Big T » May 25th, 2020, 8:37 pm

It's going to look sharp and you know it'll cook just as good as it looks!


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Re: 2nd UDS Build with Draftmaster

Post by Dirtytires » May 26th, 2020, 12:24 pm

My wife would kill me.....I’m certain of it.

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