Originally Posted by TurboDog
I've got at least a dozen or more cooks done on my UDS , most of the food that has come off of it has been wonderful. I have read the ENTIRE UDS thread , but I still have a couple of questions for the "pros".
1. My UDS has extreme hot and cold spots , varying as much as 50 degrees over different points on my grates , my charcoal basket is wide and low and I tend to spread my lit coals around on top of my unlit coals. So my question is , will a diffuser of some sort help with this , and will it create any "new" issues od it's own if I did use one.
2. I sprayed down the inside of my drum with PAM before my first cook , and have cooked several fatties , so for the most part the inside of the drum is pretty greasy , but it's still starting to rust on certain spots , is there a need to "re-season" every once in a while , or is this normal?
3. I need suggestions for a thermometer , I started out with one of those turkey fry thermometers , it lasted about 3 cooks. Lately I have been using my digital probe through a block of wood sitting on one of the grates but would prefer a side mounted solution. What would be a good thermometer to use? I don't mind paying a little more for a good one , or two.
4. Where should I be reading temps at? between my two grates? Or should I have one just below each grate? I find that if I get my digital too close to the meat it messes with the reading , so I'd appreciate some suggestions here.
I was in the same exact boat as you and was convinced that I needed to make a diffuser. After reading a lot on diffusers and coming up with a tentative design, I wound up going a different route. I was walking down the aisle in "Tractor Supply" and came across the dog bowls. The largest stainelss steel dog bowl I they had looked perfect, so I purchased it. I layed some 5/8 cold roll across the top of the coal basket to support the bowl. I then filled the bowl with water. The temps are within 3 degrees from the inner and outer edges of the grate where in the past the center was 40-50 degrees warmer. so for like 15 bucks the problem is solved.
the bowl mightve been this since i dont see a larger size on the site