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Unread 04-11-2012, 08:51 AM   #9376
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Unread 04-11-2012, 08:53 AM   #9377
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The bottom stand opening is 19" wide to hold a pizza pan for an ash catcher.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 09:24 AM   #9378
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Lastly....any updated products that work well as 'eyelets' for inserting temp probes into the side of the drum? We're currently using the 12" turkey fryer temp probe...but would like to make things nicer for adding temp/food probes.

Thanks for any and all input!
I use a metal valve stem for the 12" turkey fryer thermometer and a Halex 1/2" watertight conduit connector for the digital thermometer probes.

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I'm working on UDS #5 now and have not found anything better.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 07:12 AM   #9379
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Hi guys, looked through this thread since we built our 2 drums for Competitons.

But....I can't seem to find specific info. on how folks using their drum with a Guru. I'm an egghead, and understand how the guru works, but wasn't sure of the recommendations for using one with a drum. As we're using these for Competiton, we'd like to use a guru to help with peace of mind through the night (while also getting some sleep!). I also don't see anything specific on Guru's site, regarding a recommendation/adapter plate for use with a drum.

Lastly....any updated products that work well as 'eyelets' for inserting temp probes into the side of the drum? We're currently using the 12" turkey fryer temp probe...but would like to make things nicer for adding temp/food probes.

Thanks for any and all input!
Here is my drum running on the guru

3/4' adapter and eyelets for the probe wires, works like a charm.

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Unread 04-12-2012, 07:20 AM   #9380
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Here is my drum running on the guru

3/4' adapter and eyelets for the probe wires, works like a charm.

That boat cleat handle is awesome......
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Unread 04-12-2012, 07:44 AM   #9381
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I don't understand why you need a Guru or any other assistance. I've built 11 drums and they all work perfect without one.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 08:18 AM   #9382
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I don't understand why you need a Guru or any other assistance. I've built 11 drums and they all work perfect without one.
Gotta agree with Skidder, but i've only built 4.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 08:24 AM   #9383
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Doing some upgrades on the DrumPit....Fitting a Weber bottom on top..



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I don't understand why you need a Guru or any other assistance. I've built 11 drums and they all work perfect without one.
I can't explain it but after 2 years mine does not run as effortlessly as it did before. I just bought a Guru.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 09:40 AM   #9385
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I love my drum. Simple and easy to use. I just need to find a different lid so I can use the 2 levels of cooking. I'm looking forward to using it soon for my son's first birthday. Going to cook for 75.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 11:04 AM   #9386
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I am not saying that you need a guru - but will say after using one it makes things so much easier I never want to go back.

Besides being able to sleep for hours during my bbq w/o needing to go check the temps to make sure it is still stable. It is really nice to light a pit - see it is stable, and within 5 minutes go to sleep for the next 5 hrs till morning. Then there is stick burns. Try to stabilize a uds burning twigs - with the guru I set the temp, and can walk away, it can micro manage the burn.
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I have often thought about putting a Guru on my UDS for a restful nights sleep.
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Y'all expertise needed. After many nights of reading this forum, I finally finished my mini uds. I fired it up to season it, but it's holding the temp at about 360. I have 3 3/4 intakes and 1 3/4 inches ball valve, i closed the ball valve and covered two of the intake holes and also almost closed the top holes on the weber lid, but it's still at 360. Any suggestions? I have two thermometers one at the grate level and one in the lid holes, both reading the same temp.
First thing that comes to mind since you didn't mention it, is how many lit briquettes are you starting with? In a mini, I'd only start with 6-8 fully lit briqs, then catch the temps on the rise. When it hits 200, close off all caps, and leave the valve open. When it gets close to target temp, start choking down the valve to stabilize. You are using minion method right?

It's always better starting off with fewer coals, and catching temp on the way up, instead of overshooting, then fighting to get temp lower.

Another tip, and I'm just guessing here because you gave zero info on how you are setting up your fire basket. Bury your wood chunks in the unlit coals, as opposed to placing them on top of coals. This way, they don't immediately burn out, but steadily burn throughout the cook.

Also, with a UDS style cooker, you always want to leave the exhaust wide open, and control temps with the intake. It's not an egg or an akorn.
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Fired up my brand new UDS today, and I just could NOT control the temperature while using natural oak lump. I ended up opening all the valves and letting it burn hot and quick, then using briquettes instead and those worked wonderfully. Did a couple of fatties and a rack of St. Louis spare ribs. Turned out great. I was very discouraged after the lump temps went crazy, but now I'm doubly excited as the results speak for themselves.



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Unread 04-15-2012, 07:17 AM   #9390
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Try with royal oak or kingsford (competition if you can find it.) And be sure not to light too much of it - I usually stick a weedburner down in it and flame until its barely smoking and it gets going pretty well. (Alternately, fire a chimney or less and throw 5-8 coals in on top of the pile.)
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