Closed Head Drum Build

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Closed Head Drum Build

Post by Pappa Roach1 » February 10th, 2015, 1:11 am

I looked at a few barrels today for my UDS build. I found several that had Soybean Oil in them. Some had been cut out, and some were still in one piece.
Looks like the side seam can be ground down with a 4" Angle Grinder, and the lid removed for reuse as the UDS lid.

Any good reason not to use the closed head drum??

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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by Smokeone » February 10th, 2015, 6:52 am

No reason at all. My UDS started life as a closed head.

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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by Pappa Roach1 » February 10th, 2015, 9:10 am

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Thank You for the reply.
If I get time today, I will see if I can sort out a clean one.

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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by Pappa Roach1 » February 10th, 2015, 6:30 pm

I picked up my barrel today. I also got a China Copy of a Weber Lid today, FREE. It is exactly the same size as a Weber Dome lid, so I can swap the light weight China Junk Lid out when I find an Original Weber Dome top.

With the Dome Lid, I went with a drum that had been opened with the big can opener. Pretty slick cut, W--A--Y better than an air chisel cut.

I sorted a few barrels for one with NO Dents at all in it. The opened barrels were $20 each.
The Tag says " Peanut Oil and Soybean Oil Blend ).

They are at an Antique Shop on Hwy 63 on the South side of Houston Missouri, for anyone close looking for a barrel.
( Between Pizza Hut and Millers Grill on the East side of Hwy 63. )

The barrels are NOT Lined, and should be Food Grade I would think.

Now that I have the Drum and Dome Lid rounded up, I can round up the remainder of my parts for the build.

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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by SmokinFF » February 10th, 2015, 8:34 pm

Sounds like your off to a good start. That Antique word made the price go up. Lol



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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by Pappa Roach1 » February 12th, 2015, 9:51 am

That was a way better price than the Food Grade drums at the feed store in West Plains. Not counting the $17 in diesel fuel to make the trip. I am not complaining about the price. I think the ones with the lid still on were cheaper.

The old gal at the antique shop had a couple trailers full of drums. Every one I looked at had the same Peanut Oil & Soy Oil Blend sticker on the side. As many as she had, I am guessing they sell a lot of them.

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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by Miketheforester » February 15th, 2015, 9:14 am

Finding drums with no liner is a big win in my book. Removing the liner flat out sucks.


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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by Pappa Roach1 » February 18th, 2015, 10:28 am

UPDATE
All holes were drilled for the Big Pappa Bottle Opener, Big Pappa Shield, and Big Pappa Side Handles. I drilled 4 sets of holes for the Rack Supports. The bottom one is for the Heat Defuser. I used my Greenley Knockout Tool set to punch out the holes for the 3/4" Rigid Pipe Air Intakes. I am using 2 each 30 Inch long pipes up the side behind the handles with Ball Valves on the top, and 2 each Brass 3/4 Pipe to Garden Hose adapters with Hose Caps for the front air vents.

My Charcoal Basket is welded up using a Weber Charcoal Grate for the bottom.

Today the barrel is headed back to the shop to have the Adapter Ring welded in the top to use the Dome Lid. I will have Dale use his step drill bit for my Barbecue Thermometer hole while I am at the shop.

With luck I will be burning it out this afternoon.

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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by The Czar » February 18th, 2015, 12:41 pm

No pics...never happened


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Post by Smokeone » February 18th, 2015, 5:50 pm

You'll be smokin in no time!


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Re: Closed Head Drum Build

Post by Pappa Roach1 » February 19th, 2015, 4:43 am

The ring is now installed to hold the Dome Lid.

I built a fire in the drum about 4 PM, using a combination of card board, and oak slab wood cut in 18 inch lengths. (The saw mill West of where I live cuts Oak Railroad Ties. I was burning the slab wood cut off when sawing the ties. They are normally sold for charcoal production. I added a couple more sticks of wood around 6 PM.

I have lived a sheltered life. This was my first experiance with a Hobo Barrel Heater. I was pretty impressed with how well it worked. We may need to make one for the Sportsman's Club for Handgun & 3-Gun Matchs.

The fire looked to be pretty much out by 10 PM. I had the barrel set on 2 concrete blocks that were covered over the top with snow. We have about 10 inches on the ground. I noticed that the snow was melted enough to reveal about half of the blocks. I was amazed that a 10 foot circle was not melted to the dirt abound the barrel.

It is Blue Cold here. The weatherman is expecting the temperature to get below Zero tonight. I just took a look at the thermometer, and it looked like about -3 on the front porch. If it warms up a little tomorrow afternoon, I will try and sand the drum, and clean up the drilled holes with my angle grinder, and get it ready to prime.

I came up with some Hi Heat Primer at O'Rilley Auto Parts. I also have 4 cans of Semi Gloss Hi Heat paint (600 deg) from Ace Hardware. AND 1 can of Canary Yellow for the Air Intake pipes. I may hold off with the paint till it warms up a little.

I will get some pictures shortly.

Bob



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