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Unread 06-26-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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fired up the uds this morning for a planned pork butt,but butcher's delivery guy never showed up.
as it was up and running I bought some ribs instead.
basket is approx 15" diameter and 9" deep,loaded with restaurant quality lumps and some oak lumps for added flavour.starter chimney had about 8-9 lumps which I transferred to the middle of basket once white.after about an hour temps rose and couldn't get them down.3/4" valve was barely cracked and still temp was about 130c(290f)
cooked using 3-2-1 method and couldn't do the last hour as they wee falling apart and coming off the bone.
tasted fantastic and family demolished them in about 5 mins
I used the minion method and am wondering where I went wrong.
my conclusion is the oak lit the ajoining charcoal and I lost control but as i'm a novice this is purely a guess.
closed drum down and temps dropped fairly quickly so I don't think there is an air leak.
can the experts show me where I went wrong as the butt has been rescheduled for the weekend
here's a pic of my fire basket set up
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Unread 06-26-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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I would say you have an air leak around you intakes.
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You could close the ball valve completely for a bit the see if the temp goes down. I've closed the exhaust briefly to bring temps down a bit - just monitor it.

I've never used briquettes in my UDS but have read here they provide a more even heat, so if you can get them in Northern Ireland, you might want to try them.
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Nice expanded metal!

It wouldn't hurt to put some ht30 around the intakes. Can you also adjust the exhaust holes?
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You have an air leak somewhere. Need a closer look at the drum. any air leak will feed the fire. Lid should fit on tight, and weld around the 3/4 " fittings if needed. I can't tell from the picture, is the base of the drum crimped on, or loose?
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lump does tend to run hotter than briqs..
did the temp continue to rise thruout the entire cook?
if not then it was just the lump....
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You have an air leak somewhere. Need a closer look at the drum. any air leak will feed the fire. Lid should fit on tight, and weld around the 3/4 " fittings if needed. I can't tell from the picture, is the base of the drum crimped on, or loose?
Would silicone work instead of welding around intakes?

( I am building a uds )
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I use permatex high heat.
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I can weld them if it is better.
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What's the problem?

Throw the meat on and pull it off when it is done.

Smokers are control freaks.
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bottom of drum it the open top lid,clamped in position.
I'll strip it down,silicone the bottom and seal intakes with some liquid metal
many thanks everyone as always
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Try to bury your lumps of wood down below the the first level of unlit coal then place the lit coals evenly around the edge and 1 or 2 in the center insead of all in the centergive me a mor even dispersment of heat... jmho....
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