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PrinciQ See
04-20-2013, 07:34 AM
Well, my SS barrel arrived yesterday from Bubba's Barrels. It is in EXCELLENT condition. Cannot wait to get this rolling!

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/photo.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/photo.jpg.html)

Cmsmith225
04-20-2013, 10:00 AM
Looks nice. It's making me second guess my barrel choice. I guess bps #2 can always be stainless.


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PrinciQ See
04-21-2013, 04:05 PM
Here is an update. I got a good start on the SS smoker.

I'm still waiting on the lid (looks like Monday), but I got a good start on the drum, itself.

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/photo-1.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/photo-1.jpg.html)
As you can see, I have the bottle opener installed already (priorities!).

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/photo-2.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/photo-2.jpg.html)
The stainless wreaks havoc on the step bits, so I do not yet have the 3/4" air intake holes finished yet. I'm thinking I'm going to need a knockout punch to finish the job.

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/IMG_0910.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/IMG_0910.jpg.html)
As you can see, the stainless kit from BPS look real nice on that stainless drum.

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/IMG_0911.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/IMG_0911.jpg.html)
One quirky issue is with the vent slides. Since all barrels are not standard, you may have to "reshape" the vent slide to fit your barrel.

Hopefully, I'll get that knockout punch tomorrow and get the air intakes done. Once the lid arrives, I will get it dirty.

Smitty
04-21-2013, 07:59 PM
So far so good, it looks great!
My next BPS might have to be a SS drum.

Big Poppa
04-21-2013, 08:25 PM
How much does he charge for the stainless drum? that looks great!

PrinciQ See
04-22-2013, 04:20 PM
How much does he charge for the stainless drum? that looks great!

Total for drum, lid (with no bungs), and tig welded to plug vent holes at top of barrel, and shipping was $317. I think it's a bargain.

deihardt8fan
04-22-2013, 05:10 PM
I also got my drum from Bubba's. They make a sweet looking UDS!
http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u679/deihardt8fan/2013-02-23_13-32-31_710_zps6f707c9e.jpg (http://s1327.photobucket.com/user/deihardt8fan/media/2013-02-23_13-32-31_710_zps6f707c9e.jpg.html)

PrinciQ See
04-22-2013, 06:54 PM
Did you have them polish it? That would probably be my only regret. Mine looks good, but yours looks awesome!

PrinciQ See
04-22-2013, 06:55 PM
Update:

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/photo-3.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/photo-3.jpg.html)
SOOOOO close.

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/photo-4.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/photo-4.jpg.html)
I can't afford my own knockout punches, so I'm going to try going with a 3/4" black oxide bit to get the 8 holes in the lid and 8 holes in the intake vents.

jimsbarbecue
04-24-2013, 06:10 AM
Looks nice and love the shine

MrAdam
04-24-2013, 09:39 AM
Cutting oil might be a good idea when drilling through stainless.

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PrinciQ See
04-24-2013, 07:26 PM
Well, I fired it up today and cooked a fatty to break it in.

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/SlicedFatty2.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/SlicedFatty2.jpg.html)
Here is the assembled smoker in the light of day.

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/Temp.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/Temp.jpg.html)
That is ROCK SOLID and held from about 4:00 until 10:00 when I shut it down for the night.

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/Fatty.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/Fatty.jpg.html)
Love me a fatty!

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/SLicedFatty.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/SLicedFatty.jpg.html)
This shot is too dark.

http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h426/Jeff_See/SS%20Drum%20Build/SlicedFatty2.jpg (http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_See/media/SS%20Drum%20Build/SlicedFatty2.jpg.html)
But THIS one? Priceless.

My ONLY disappointment with this build is that the holes for the air intake vents did not line up correctly. I used the paper templates as instructed, but the holes did not line up. My strong recommendation is that you drill your first holes for the vents and then push down the vent to mark the remaining holes. My vent mounts look awful, but the smoker works extremely well (after run 1) I just wish the vents looked as cood as the rest of the smoker. [This is not a dig at BPS. I just wish I had approached the vents differently.]

Cmsmith225
04-24-2013, 07:50 PM
My ONLY disappointment with this build is that the holes for the air intake vents did not line up correctly. I used the paper templates as instructed, but the holes did not line up.

I finished mine today as well and had the exact same problem. No worries just had to drill one more hole on each vent about 1/4" over



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