View Full Version : Closed top drum conversion

02-07-2014, 06:52 PM
So far I only have found a closed top drum and have been unable to find a Weber domed lid. I did not have a tape measure but judging by my eye if I cut open the top along the inside edge a lid from an open top drum should fit on....I think. Has anyone done this ???

02-08-2014, 02:04 PM
You will find a suitable drum.

02-10-2014, 03:26 PM
I can get the new closed top drum free so I guess I was dreaming there was a solution lol

02-11-2014, 08:03 AM
I just checked on craigslist, and you can get a used weber 22.5 inch grill for 45 bucks.

This might sound a little steep since you are just going to use the lid, but I plan to make this upgrade at some point for more grilling space (second grill rack and dome lid).

02-11-2014, 10:25 AM
What city was this in ???
As I mentioned in another thread, I now found a new open top 30gallon drum at work , I just need to make a charcoal basket somehow, since I assume the one big pappa sells would be too big, and I guess I could buy the vents and handles etc. from big poppas website, so I might be back in business.

02-11-2014, 05:35 PM
The radius on a 30 gallon drum is going to be smaller than the 55. The vents are curbed to match the 55. Mine needed a small adjustment to make the radius of the vents smaller so they fit my drum. I found a brand new 55 gallon drum good grade for about $75. Open top with a lid. I would advise you keep looking until you find a 55 gallon drum and then order the kit. In my opinion the price on http://www.bubbasbarrels.com is the to go.

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02-16-2014, 09:48 AM
The prices on bubbas barrels is $400 for a brand new 55 gallon drum (outrageous). The process for getting all the liner out of a used one is really not that bad; and if you have a wood hook up for burning it out, then that is another expense you can deduct.

02-16-2014, 05:25 PM
That is for stainless. $179.99 gets you a used drum and the kit. 59.00 more and you get a new drum.

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02-18-2014, 04:07 AM
Unfortunately I am in Canada and shipping would be $190 ...ouch

03-02-2014, 12:03 PM
You can easily use a closed top drum. Take a angle grinder and carefully grind on the outside lip of the barrel and soon you will notice a seam where the top is pushed in to the barrel. A little tap with a screw driver and hammer at this point will pop the top right off. You then add a handle to the lid and use it like a regular open top drum.