Originally Posted by R8ter87
I am having a heck of a time getting my UDS up to temp.
I have 3 3/4 inch intakes, one is just a straight nipple with a cap and the other 2 have an elbow with a 2 foot pipe and a ball valve.
The intake holes are drilled 3 inches from the bottom.
The lid has 4 3/4 exhaust ports.
My charcoal basket is a Weber 18.5 charcoal grate as a base and 16 gage expanded metal welded to it.
I added 4 inch tall legs to the bottom of the basket. I have attached a picture of both my barrel and charcoal basket.
I have tried methods such as lighting a few briquettes and adding to the top and letting them burn down.
Also today I light a whole chimney of coal and poured them on the bottom and add the unlit coals to these.
Both of the methods failed to get the temp up after waiting at least a half hour.
My best guess is to eliminate the legs on my basket? I'm baffled anything will help thanks.
Remove the riser pipes and give it a try. There may be too much restriction in the inlet air to get to temperature in 30 minutes.
I am assuming that you have checked your temperature gage.