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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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    35

    Default Magnum Ugly Drum Smoker (MUDS)

    After reading about and watching many builders construct a drum smoker, I came up with some ideas and answers to some of the common problems I saw people having. Finding a proper lid was a stimbling block to many. A good charcoal basket was another. Having only a single cooking grate was on the list, as was how to make the air inlet, exhaust, and where to place the cooking grates. How to do it all with no welding? Should one have wheels on the bottom, handles, service trays on the side, and the list goes on and on. I figured out what I wanted regarding a drum smoker of my own and started building it. I do not think that what I am doing is the answer to everyone else's questions but I do think I may have answered most of mine. If along the way someone finds a kernel of wheat amongst all my chaff then I will feel satisfied that some help went to someone. If when going through this build of mine you find where you have info or suggestions about improvements that I can make, PLEASE pass them on to me here. I need all the help I can get.
    Here are a few pics of the start of this project:
    The first thing I learned was to never, never use a lined drum if you can get your hands on an unlined one. I got 4 open head drums that were lined. Two things came up. I didn't really want open head drums and I found out I definitely didn't want a lined one at all. I went looking and found 8 closed head unlined drums at a feed lot that had contained fish oil used as a cattle feed additive. Cost me $1.00 each.
    I'll explain as I go along why I wanted what I did and what I did with them. I needed two drums to make one smoker so I figured I may as well make more than one, thus I got that many barrels. Now I have enough to make more and put new ideas into the next models.
    I discarded the closed head drums and set to work on the open head fish oil ones. I chiseled out the lid on the top (inside the outer rind of the top leaving the top ring in place) and set it aside for future use. You can see here in the pics what the inside of the drum is like. Fish oil---and it is here that I realised how bad that oil stinks. Looking up I began to see flocks of seagulls coming out of nowhere to surround my house.
    At thios loint I was working with two drums--one with the top removed and the other as yet untouched. I'll have more pics soon so bear with me on this.
    Attached Images
    cookin' on:
    Open fire with cast iron
    Old but good 'gasser'
    Small store-bought offset
    Magnum Ugly Drum Smoker (MUDSmoker)

    building:
    BossHog BBQ/Smoker (no weld, no skills build)

    BossHog (Pat)
    "Life ain't about waiting for the storms to pass,
    it's about learning how to smoke in the rain."

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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    35

    Default

    Here are some more pics of my drum smoker build. I drew out the door openings and cut them out of the drums. Now I will take the top 1/3 off the second barrel and make the lid for the first drum out of that. I'll get more pics up soon.
    Attached Images
    cookin' on:
    Open fire with cast iron
    Old but good 'gasser'
    Small store-bought offset
    Magnum Ugly Drum Smoker (MUDSmoker)

    building:
    BossHog BBQ/Smoker (no weld, no skills build)

    BossHog (Pat)
    "Life ain't about waiting for the storms to pass,
    it's about learning how to smoke in the rain."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    South of Peculiar, MO
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    Default

    Keep those pics coming! Looking good so far.
    "If you can't smell smoke it ain't a barbeque joint" peculiarmike

    TQJ Plankowner

    "Life's tough.....It's even tougher if you're stupid."
    - John Wayne

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    San Jose, California, United States
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    Can't wait!!

    Sounds like you know what you want.
    Thanks for the pic's. and your participation in the forum.
    Paul

    CBBQA
    18.5 Weber Smokey Joe Platinum
    22.5 Weber One Touch
    Ugly Drum

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Ruskin, FL
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    Ooh....I can smell that Fish Oil all the way to Indiana.
    Keep us posted, I like what I see so far.
    ~Brian~
    BBQ Jones comp team
    KCBS Member
    KCBS CBJ

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Carthage, MO
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    Default

    Keep the pics coming buster. Can't wait to see the finished drums and the food coming off.
    Plank Owner ..................
    I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!



  7. #7
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    Dec 2008
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    SC
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    Default

    yea i wanna see this also

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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    Default

    I finally was able to get some more building done. The door openings are all done and the doors themselves cut from the second drum are ready. They fit over the holes in the first drum real good. Then I cut the top third off the second drum and made it into the lid for the first drum. It also fit great but needs a little work yet. You can see here in these pics kind of what the end product will look like. The smoker will be about 46" tall rather than the 35" of a regular drum. I should have enough space above the top cooking grate to be able to do a turkey or chicken standing up. Maybe even a rotisserie later on. Next I will tackle burning off the paint and getting all the fish oil out of the drum. Should be fun. Maybe I had better get the old shotgun out to fend off the seagulls that come for the fish oil.
    Attached Images
    cookin' on:
    Open fire with cast iron
    Old but good 'gasser'
    Small store-bought offset
    Magnum Ugly Drum Smoker (MUDSmoker)

    building:
    BossHog BBQ/Smoker (no weld, no skills build)

    BossHog (Pat)
    "Life ain't about waiting for the storms to pass,
    it's about learning how to smoke in the rain."

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Carthage, MO
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    Default

    Looks great so far buster. Only thing that concerns me is the loss of efficiency with all the doors. Time will tell and they will be awesome cookers when you are finished.

    Keep em coming as you go.
    Plank Owner ..................
    I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    83

    Default Lookin good

    Looks good so far, are you going to use high temp silicone for door seals??

    Cheers Steve
    1 FUDS (Flaming? ugly drum smoker)
    1 gas grill with spit roaster
    2 Weber BBQ's
    1 portable gas grill
    1camping metho burner grill

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