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Old 03-21-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default Can An MF Vertical Smoker Be A UDS?

I got a Master Forge vertical charcoal smoker (the older, 36 inch tall model) by mail a few days ago. It's sometimes classed informally as an ECB, but its said to be somewhat heavier gauge than the Brinkman (which I've never seen). Of course its walls are even thinner than those of a storage drum. But, assuming enough distance between the charcoal grate and the cooking grate, is there any reason it would not work for direct heat low and slow, like a small ugly drum smoker?

The most common distance requirement people mention for the UDS seems to be 24 inches from the bottom of the charcoal grate to the lowest cooking grate, but I have seen successfull working distances as low as 21 inches reported (again, for cookers used with no heat diffuser). Depending on what I do with the charcoal basket, the distance in my Master Forge will range from a little less than 21 inches to a shade more. What do you all think?
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