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kenny 01-01-2009 12:09 PM

UDS Fuel?????
My brother and me are building 2 UDS'. Getting close to finish and some hard core testing, and cooking. My question is what type of fuel is most commonly used? We are use to cooking on wood alone. I have a 20 pound baf of Royal Oak Briqqutes and a 8 pound bag of cowboy lump charcoal. I plan on adding apple, oak, and hickory to the basket to give a little traditional smoke flavor. How much, what arrangement, should I plan to use? Thanks for the help.

JD McGee 01-01-2009 12:12 PM

I use Kingsford briqs in my UDS...

As far as smokewoods...I use 3-4 fist sized chunks for low-n-slows a couple on top and a couple buried in the coals.

Ken V 01-01-2009 12:15 PM

When I do a long smoke I normally put on 3 to 4 fist size chunks, usually 1 part hickory and the rest fruit. On shorter smokes or poultry usually just 1 good sized chunk will do.
I just arrange them around the outside of the basket and let it go.
I have used both lump and kingsford and actually prefer the briquettes for long smokes, just seems the temps are more stable for longer.

Good luck.


smooookin 01-01-2009 12:19 PM

Royal Oak lump and a few fist size, or larger, pieces of
the wood of the day.

kenny 01-01-2009 12:28 PM

Dont know if I have ever seen Royal Oak Lump? Might just need to open my eyes!!

Bentley 01-01-2009 12:32 PM

Do you have a circular fire box? I only made two UDS, did a cook in each. I had a 16 inch diameter fire box. I always started the fire in the middle, may be starting on the outside would be better.

BBQ Grail 01-01-2009 12:36 PM

My UDS only likes kingsford with four fist size hunks of apple. Nothing else works. WEIRD!

TysDad 01-01-2009 12:39 PM

And don't be too surprised at the low fuel usage... these things get great gas mileage, although your mileage may vary.

kenny 01-01-2009 04:38 PM

I have read that your suppose to start your fire at the top and let it burn burn down. If you start at the bottom you will not be able to control the rate of burn/ temp. Any turth to this??

Dr_KY 01-01-2009 04:52 PM

I haven't a clue I always use the menion method.

chad 01-01-2009 05:36 PM

+1 on the Minion method. This "system" works great on any barrel type cooker...I've used it very successfully on the WSM and inexpensive Brinkmann cookers. Fuel economy and temp control are your friend!!

CarolinaQ 01-01-2009 06:05 PM

I use B&B 100 % Lump Oak Charcoal available at Acadamy Sports in this area. It gives a great taste and much, much better than briqetts. Always start you burn from the top!

RangerJ 01-01-2009 07:17 PM

Lump creates much less ash than briquets.

If you've built the standard Norco tutorial version, then clean up ease is important. The less ash the better.

kenny 01-01-2009 07:35 PM

What is the Minion System???

Moose 01-01-2009 08:30 PM


Originally Posted by kenny (Post 814495)
What is the Minion System???

The Minion Method involves lighting only a portion of your charcoal, which gives you much longer cook times. Do a google search for more info.

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