I am now into my second year with my UDS, and.....I LOVE IT. I have a chuck roast cooking on it right now. As has been previously stated, the UDS is pretty much set and forget. With my Maverick, I check the temps and make small adjustments as needed. I have smoked a full packer brisket for about 15 hours on maybe six lbs. of lump charcoal and 3 small sticks of apple wood. I still use my other cookers, but the UDS is my go to smoker.
SNPP w/ mods, Patio Master(30 years old), Kettle Grill, Copper Penny UDS, and Maverick 73 thermo.
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