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Old 11-17-2010, 11:48 PM   #7196
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Originally Posted by stglide View Post
Scratching my head still... Cooked a couple more times on my UDS. Did some wings and then some chicken quarters. For whatever reason, I can't get my temps to steady out. Mainly, they will hold for a little bit, then drop. The adjustable valve is wide open, and have to open up one pipe nipple to get the heat back up. Just can't seem to get it to a point of holding it's temp for any longer length of time...

Any ideas? Lid is sealed, plenty of charcoal / lump (use a combination), so I'm just scratching my head as to why...
Mine runs along pretty well with one cap off (3/4in) and valve half way open. If you close it down too much it can't get enough air and will drop the temp. It may actually "backdraft" and fluctuate the temp when it exhales and then inhales a large amount of air. Drums take a while to settle in, set the valves and leave it, for 30 min, before adjusting. small adj should only be needed.
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