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Unread 12-09-2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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If I were to use a guru or stoker on a UDS, could I get away with burning a basket full of small chunks of wood? Would the temp hold steady? What kind of burn times could I expect vs using lump?
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Haven't tried with either of those, but I had a devil of a time trying to use just wood. I wasn't trying to keep temps of 225 though...I was shooting for much lower, trying to cold smoke some sausage. Still...I think if I used JUST wood, it wouldn't hold as long in a UDS. Might just be my drum.
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It wouldn't be worth the hassle. The Beauty of drums is minion method. And if you try that with sticks you will smoke the crap out of your foods
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It wouldn't be worth the hassle. The Beauty of drums is minion method. And if you try that with sticks you will smoke the crap out of your foods
I kind of figured I would still start the fire with a 1/2 full chimney of KBB on top of the unlit chunks of wood. I always liked the flavor I got from my jambo burning sticks of pecan or oak. Guess I would just like to duplicate that on my drum.
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I know it did not work with my UDS. You'll lose your temps when its time to add more wood, and you've got to add wood often, at least I did.

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I know it did not work with my UDS. You'll lose your temps when its time to add more wood, and you've got to add wood often, at least I did.

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I cook HNF, so most of my cooks are at or under 6 hrs. I would think a basket of oak chunks would last that long. Guess I'm just gonna have to try it out to see how it works. Problem is that I don't want to buy a guru just for an experiment that may not work.
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I say go for it. Worse case scenario, you waste a basket of oak chunks. I think you should get that guru, and if you don't like it, you can send it to me!

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If you are lighting the wood, you are gonna have problems. However, if you just want it for smoke it shold work fine. I am assuming you are surrounding the chunks with a liberal amount of briquets and top it with a lit chimney of briquets.
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