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    Finished my 1st BPS!

    I bought a BPS kit a year ago, but my wife was pregnant and due so I never got a chance to build it.
    It sat in the attic until this past weekend.
    I tried finding an open head drum without a liner since my HOA would freak out if I did a burn out of the drum. No luck.

    New/used open barrels without a liner were $75... too much for me to spend
    So my friend gave me a closed head drum and off I went.
    Free drum plus a $45 kettle grill from walmart was better then spending $75 on an open head drum.


    Here is my finished BPS drum.
    It now has 2 level cooking grates with a hinged lid and sealed using an oven gasket
    To monitor temps, I'm using a Wireless Temperature Monitor (Maverick ET733)

    I LOVE THIS SMOKER!




















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    Nice job omegatek! That's good info for others that are having difficulty finding an open top drum. You have some extra height for things like a whole turkey. Which, by the way, the drum does an excellent job on!

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    Very cool drum mods omegatek!
    2 BPS Engineered Drum Smokers, steel & stainless steel
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    KCBS - MCBJ, CTC

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    love it butwould love more on the hinge...way cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Poppa View Post
    love it butwould love more on the hinge...way cool
    Thanks everyone!

    I got the idea for the hinge from here:

    The Smoke Ring

    Here are the parts:

    Backyard Grill Kettle Charcoal Grill (Includes the Hinge) -- $45

    6 ft. x 2 in. x 1/8 in. Steel Flat Plate -- $15

    Rutland Gasket Kit Tape -- $11

    Some stainless steel nuts and bolts for around $10

    Total cost was $81

    I basically just bent the flat bar by hand around the drum and used vice grips to hold it in place while drilling some holes for the nuts and bolts.


    Pros:
    • More rack space
    • Hinged Lid
    • Extra rack (1 that comes with BPS kit and 1 from the kettle grill)


    I'm very happy with this mod and how easy it was to do.

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    Pics of 1st smoke!


    First smoke on my BPS and it was amazing!
    Made a couple fattys and chicken quarters.
    Smoked em for about 2 1/2 hrs. with some Pecan
    Absolutely delicious!

















  7. #7
    Consider getting a fatty sized frogmat (or BP mat) to help keep the fatty nice and round throughout the cook. Gravity is your enemy otherwise.
    2 BPS Engineered Drum Smokers, steel & stainless steel
    Smokin' Yankee's Competition BBQ Team
    CBBQA
    KCBS - MCBJ, CTC

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    Thanks scooter, I'll have to pickup a BP Mat on my next order of rubs

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    Loving the hinged lid and locks you put on the drum!

    The food looks great!!!
    If I could I would. If I don't, it's because I am lazy!

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