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« on: August 31, 2012, 01:11:19 pm »

Ok, being that I am going to start building, I wanted to tap into all the vast knowledge here...again.  Smiley What is the better style drum to get, well to be more specific, what type of lid would be better? Should I get one with or without a bung hole? Is it just a matter of preference or does it actually effect the operation? Just want to make sure I get it right.


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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012, 04:25:39 pm »

I have 1 of each. For the most part it really does not matter. I use the 1 with the bung hole when I want to cook something at a higher temp.

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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2012, 10:55:44 pm »

If you have a Weber kettle, use THAT lid.

If you set your grills at 2 inches below, and 12 inches below the top,
youi just got another cooking surface.

If you use a flat lid, you can't do the 2 inch measurement,
and also can't use the lower grate.

I've been using a Weber kettle lid, for 3 years now,
and would NOT go back.  Ever!


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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 09:40:56 pm »

I used the stock drum lid but found it didin't provide enough room and the fit is poor.

All of mu UDS builds have utilized a "cone" top.  A little work to get them to fit, but well worth the trouble IMO.

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