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racedvl 04-27-2014 08:19 PM

Quick UDS building question.
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I'm out in the garage right now making my basket. But my question is how high off the bottom of the barrel does the grate need to be. I know the lower the grate is, the lower the cook grate can be in the barrel. I'm working with a 34 inch barrel. Thanks, Jason.

Wampus 04-27-2014 08:21 PM

Ideally, you just want the rack at least 24" above the coals.

Fwismoker 04-27-2014 08:22 PM

I love the basket. One i just made i put it 5" off the bottom, i figure the more air the better... all i know is it gets smoking hot!

As far as distance goes my experience tells me it's not important how many inches the grates are from the basket. Mine range from 8"( in my mini) to about 20" in my UDS.... my middle size might be like 16".

cheapbeer 04-27-2014 08:24 PM

Mine are 1/1/2 - 2 inches above the bottom of the barrel. I assume you mean the charcoal grate. No problems with airflow or ash.

racedvl 04-27-2014 08:30 PM

Thank you cheap beer. That's about what I was thinking. 1 1/2 inches off the bottom. Thanks.

ITBFQ 04-27-2014 08:46 PM

FWIW... mine is 3 inches off of the bottom of the barrel. Works for me!

SmittyJonz 04-27-2014 08:51 PM

I like 3-4" so I still got airflow after a lot of ash has fallen.

racedvl 04-27-2014 08:53 PM

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Well I did the 1 1/2 off the bottom. Hopefully it will be fine.

Fwismoker 04-27-2014 09:19 PM


Originally Posted by SmittyJonz (Post 2899759)
I like 3-4" so I still got airflow after a lot of ash has fallen.

Yea minimum of 4", just because something will work at 2 doesn't mean it's optimal. The less restrictive will perform better.

I know now for a fact higher is better if you want a hot clean burning fire.

racedvl 04-27-2014 09:40 PM

Well if you guys think that the 1 1/2" is too short, I can make it a inch taller pretty easily. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

SmittyJonz 04-27-2014 10:37 PM

I've had an 1 1/2 inch deep ash in middle after a long cook........

Fwismoker 04-27-2014 10:46 PM

Make them higher. Less restrictive airflow will ABSOLUTELY be better for a burn. If it's easy to redo then i would.

cheapbeer 04-27-2014 10:52 PM

The amount of ash you get will depend on the fuel you plan to use. If you use briquettes you will get a lot more ash than if you burn lump. Even using briquettes I have not had issues but if you want to raise it another inch or two it will not hurt anything.

racedvl 04-28-2014 02:48 PM

Well I think I will make it taller. I might get some more stock and cut those off and start fresh.

HarrynVegas 04-29-2014 12:02 PM

I wish I could weld. I'm jelly

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