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Unread 08-30-2011, 10:02 PM   #16
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I've never been above 350 degrees and only when I seasoned it. 350 was not yet full throttle either.
I built mine with (6) 3/4" exhaust holes in the flat lid.
(4) 3/4" pipes for air intake. 2" from the bottom (3 w/caps & 1 adjustable)

For Chicken I run all the exhaust holes open. I close off 2 holes if I'm trying to hold the temp. down to 225. I use drop in pipes with Black screw on caps for the additional adjustment/lower temp. I made a total of 6 of them so I can damp out the fire. I know it's low Tech. but it's easy and inexpensive.

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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:51 PM   #17
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yes they do.
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I guess I will have to make my own vent dial or get one from a used grill. Weber does not list them for sale on weber.com
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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:57 PM   #18
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Having two vents is unnecessary. The weber product is highly engineered with fancy CAD/CAM/CAE software. If there was an advantage to it, it would have already been done.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:57 PM   #19
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A lot of weber stuff you just have to call them and order it directly. They sell all replacement parts, but don't list them all on their website.
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Having two vents is unnecessary. The weber product is highly engineered with fancy CAD/CAM/CAE software. If there was an advantage to it, it would have already been done.
Yes, but it wasn't engineered around a 55 gal drum.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 07:41 AM   #21
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Here's the square inch area of the holes:
2" bung = 3.14
(4) 7/8" = 2.40 (weber wheel vent)
( 1/2" = 1.57
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Perhaps I don't have enough fully lit coals in the basket when I'm doing chicken, for instance. I'm having to keep the dome lid slightly ajar to stay at 350F. :)
Carbon, another question because I'm trying to figure out what's different in your UDS from mine. Do your intakes open at the low level or do you have any connected to extention pipes bending upwards a bit?

What kind of diffuser are you using?
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I use a 2" exhaust and a BGE stainless steel intake door . I have no problems running over 600 degrees or puttering along at 180.
BTW- I have a UDS with a 1 1/2" pipe running up to grate level and I know for a fact that I can run at 500 degrees.
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I use a Weber lid on my UDS and have to almost close it when using my Pitmaster iQue. I open it up if not using a forced air controller. I have never had issues with temps but I don't go over 350. If I have a need to go over that I use the Weber kettle.
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I can easily run at 350*+ with only two intakes open and a single vent. It is just a matter of how many coals are lit. I have never had to open my third vent.
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I've never had a problem with just one Weber vent wheel and I often smoke 8 8# butts on a single drum.
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I put a second one on my lid because I liked the balanced look (in my opinion) and I had them! One of my donor grills had three old school vents on the bottom so I repurposed them as lid vents. They may be totally unnecessary but I like the way they look. It's also a nice way to be a little different. It also happens to be a very easy mod.....

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Carbon, another question because I'm trying to figure out what's different in your UDS from mine. Do your intakes open at the low level or do you have any connected to extention pipes bending upwards a bit?

What kind of diffuser are you using?
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I can easily run at 350*+ with only two intakes open and a single vent. It is just a matter of how many coals are lit. I have never had to open my third vent.
I'm still a UDS newbie and I think my mistake is not having enough fully lit coals to begin with when doing high temp cooks. On my next high temp cook I'll dump a full chimney of lit coals over the half filled basket.
I have absolutely no problems maintaining steady low temps for hours using the Minion method.

I have four 3/4" intakes at the bottom, no risers. I'm also using an 18" flat pizza screen with 1/2" holes everywhere as a diffuser.
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When using decent quality lump, like B&B oak lump, I have no issues cruising @ over 400 with one exhaust vent, and starting with 15-20 generic store brand briquettes. I don't even have to use all 4 of my 1" intakes, 3 wide open will absolutely smoke! (pun intended).

When I use Kingsford blue, it's always a struggle to get high temps. With stubbs, I can easily cruise @ 375-400. So I guess my answer is it's not the exhaust size that's important, it's the fuel you're using.

Many folks use the KF blue in their UDS because it likes to burn at such a low temp. I couldn't stand the fact that it wouldn't get as hot as I like to cook at (275-300). Not to mention the horrible ash buildup.
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Just a thought but where is the bottom half of the weber? if you could use that or find one that has much better air opening, could make that into a lid. It would also have better clearance on the top, if needed depending on where your top rack is?
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