I like lump, but it wants to smoke a little hotter. That's OK with me.
Use the Minion Method. It keeps you from burning up all your charcoal too fast. My basket is a 15" grill grate with 12" sides welded on. A nearly full basket will burn 12-14 hours if I start the fire with about 10 coals...
My UDS has (4) 3/4" intakes and (6) 3/4" exhaust holes. I have one intake with a valve for easier temperature control. I leave all 6 exhaust holes on the top open until I'm ready to snuff out the fire... Then I drop 6 large bolts into the holes and close the intakes completely. My set up runs a little hotter than some like, but I'm comfortable smoking at 250° to 300°. Just watch the meat. When I smoke Chicken I leave 2 intakes open and my temp will climb and hold between 325° and 350°.
Bottom line is everyone's UDS is a little different and you have to learn how to operate it to your satisfaction... Watch your Temps and you will make peace with your UDS.
Once you learn your UDS you will find it to be very forgiving and easy to smoke with...
Last edited by Ole Man Dan; 05-04-2012 at 12:15 AM..