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Unread 03-22-2012, 09:43 PM   #16
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Where are you taking the temp at? Where is the thermo located? And is it calibrated?
I am using a 12in thermometer 1in below cooking grate, I have calibrated in boiling water and it reads close to my maverick also
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Unread 03-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #17
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How many intakes do you have open? I use RO lump in my UDS with no problems. I have three 3/4 holes that I cover with magnets. Depending on the outside temp, I go from having 1 hole 1/4 open 2 others closed to having 2+ open on cold days and I can hold it at 250. I use a Weber lid, exhaust always wide open.
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No matter how many intakes or outlets you have, if you have too big a fire in there it's going to get too hot. I stick by the fewer lit coals approach.
I definitely agree, but you should still be able to choke it down. It may take a while but it will get there.
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For sure too much air. It could be entering from someplace not suspected. Loose vents etc. Can you use the Minion Method in a UDS?
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I definitely agree, but you should still be able to choke it down. It may take a while but it will get there.
+1^^^^ Just close down the intakes, not the exhaust.
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You are at the perfect temperature at 300 degrees.

You should be so lucky.
Amen! This is a solution in search of a problem.

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This has nothing to do with what kind of charcoal you have or how many coals you lit or even how long your exhaust pipe is. There is only one thing that can cause this. TOO MUCH AIR!!!!!!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!
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I have 2 built exactly the same. One likes to run at 275 - 300 (my chicken cooker) and the other one likes to run at 225 - 250.
The only difference is the color. Go figure?
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Are you lighting the coals inside the UDS or adding lit coals from a chiminey, etc to the firebasket? Starting the fire in the UDS can let it get much too large and take ages to cool back down to proper temps. If you have two intakes closed off and one with a valve, does that valve change temps as you adjust it? If you add lit coals, 6-8, to the firebox and have two intakes closed and the valve open you should be able to begin closing the valve aas the temp goes up to get it to a nice 25-250 without a problem. Keep the Exhaust full open What happens with the 2 intakes closed and the valve closed? You need to find where the air is getting in and feeding the firebox to get the temp that high. Lid/stack leaks likely would not do it.
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