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stevenw106 02-05-2013 04:15 PM

uds door/ basket shake
i have a door on my uds so if you dont have a door how do you shake fire basket on long cooks mine seems to get choked up

hamiltont 02-05-2013 04:21 PM

I've seen some use a wire (coat hanger) through a small hole in the side of the UDS that's hooked to the basket. Then just move the wire back & forth a little to shake the ash off the coals.

gtr 02-05-2013 04:22 PM

I either kick it or pull it up by one of the handles and kinda shake it up and down.

NRF 02-05-2013 04:24 PM

Couple "taps" from my boot heel seems to do the trick for me.

Toney Marconi 02-05-2013 04:35 PM

I just pick one side of the drum an inch or two and drop it.

N8man 02-05-2013 04:35 PM

close the air intake...
wait a few minutes..
kick the fool outta the drumpit
wait a few minutes..
open the air intake...

by closing the air intake first, it ensures that
no ash swirls up and gets deposited on foodstuffs....

stevenw106 02-05-2013 04:36 PM

yea i was wanting to build another with out a door

Carbon 02-05-2013 04:38 PM

I lift one side and drop also.

Bludawg 02-05-2013 04:41 PM

Stop using Briquettes and start using Lump the problem will disappear

stevenw106 02-05-2013 05:23 PM


Originally Posted by Bludawg (Post 2355994)
Stop using Briquettes and start using Lump the problem will disappear

really does amount of fuel change

swamprb 02-05-2013 05:29 PM

Are you using lump or briqs?

I've only had problems with lump on long cooks choking out. I remove the cook grate/meats and give the basket a few shakes with my "chit hook".

I only run straight lump on short cooks-@4-5 hours, any longer I'll mix lump and briqs.

Bludawg 02-05-2013 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by stevenw106 (Post 2356026)
really does amount of fuel change

A 10 lb sack is a 10 lb sack! I have never had problems with lump choking out, The 3 times I tried Briquettes ( different brands) I had problems. They only briquettes I buy are HEB Grand Champion ( these are made from Lump) I use a 1/2 chimney (Aprox. 15) to fire the UDS.

Neonnblack 02-05-2013 06:47 PM

I use a mix of briq's and lump and chunks. Never needed to shake it. Longest ive smoked has been 7 hours.

stevenw106 02-07-2013 10:26 AM

i cleaned about 3 inches of ash and greese out i gues when i was shaking the hell oot of basket made pizza pan spill

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