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Unread 10-15-2008, 10:20 PM   #1711
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Well stuffed it out for tonight will fire up tomorrow again. Thanks for the help.
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Unread 10-16-2008, 09:38 AM   #1712
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Ok got a seasoning burn going haveing a hard time keeping temps steady> My drum has 3 3/4 holes two capped and one ball valve on a 24" pipe up the side of the barrel. Also running one 2" exhaust out the large plug. Used little under 10lbs of lump and some hickory chunks. Can get it up to temp but as soon as I put the caps on and tweak the valve just a little things go down hill. Help please. Have my temp probe mounted to the grate.
Lose the riser, it'll burn a lot more evenly!
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Unread 10-16-2008, 11:07 AM   #1713
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be gentle on your adjustments and give the barrel time to react. Make sure you have the barrel and lid sealed. There are a few different schools of thought on the riser. My experience is that the riser has no effect on performance since the rate of air movement is so slow. Other brethren who have built as many or more barrels than me refuse to use them. If you can get a comfort level with the riser I can tell you that you will be happy you have it when its snowing like Hell(thats in Mi. isn't it?) and your barrel is half covered in a drift. I don't think your intake riser is big enough as my winter barrel has a 1 1/2"id pipe- but its the only intake. BTW I have done many overnight cooks where I hadto shovel my way to the barrel and it was perking along at around the 220 with no problems.

I'm curious as to how(and what type) your charcoal is burning and if its burning down one side? I'll have to go back and see what your basket looks like to see if that is a problem.
keep working at it because no doubt you are close to some smokin good food!
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Unread 10-16-2008, 12:59 PM   #1714
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The riser was just a thought so I didn't have to bend over but can do without if it will work better that way. Plus I made a round basket but since changed it. Now I have a 14x14x14 1 3/4 off the bottom. I burn RO lump.
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Unread 10-16-2008, 01:34 PM   #1715
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The riser was just a thought so I didn't have to bend over but can do without if it will work better that way. Plus I made a round basket but since changed it. Now I have a 14x14x14 1 3/4 off the bottom. I burn RO lump.
Try getting the basket at 3" off the bottom, better airflow!
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Unread 10-16-2008, 02:29 PM   #1716
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Exclamation UDS water pan

I am building my first UDS, got a free clean 55, just picked up enough expanded metal for my coal basket.

In reading the threads I see little mention of a water pan. It seems that most UDS mentioned do not use them and talk about 24 inches from the coal to the first shelf. I always thought that the water pan was a good thing. Help


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Unread 10-16-2008, 04:07 PM   #1717
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I can't go 3" my grate holes are 8" from the top with a flat lid. Need the 24" from the fire.
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Unread 10-16-2008, 06:23 PM   #1718
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I am building my first UDS, got a free clean 55, just picked up enough expanded metal for my coal basket.

In reading the threads I see little mention of a water pan. It seems that most UDS mentioned do not use them and talk about 24 inches from the coal to the first shelf. I always thought that the water pan was a good thing. Help


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Some say a water pan is used as a heat sink, some say for moisture. The draw of a UDS is that wonderful "like Grandpa cooked "taste, and the long burns. No need for a water pan, trust me.
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Unread 10-16-2008, 06:42 PM   #1719
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All You Newbies Listen To Norco...He's "The Man" when it comes to a UDS..
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Unread 10-16-2008, 07:22 PM   #1720
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I can't go 3" my grate holes are 8" from the top with a flat lid. Need the 24" from the fire.
CAN'T?
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Just move the holes up and plug the others.
You do need the 3" off the bottom, with what you have you mostlikly are not getting enough air flow.
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Unread 10-16-2008, 07:24 PM   #1721
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Unread 10-16-2008, 07:31 PM   #1722
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If fordman is only moving his charcoal grate up 1 1/4" is it that big a deal for him to move his grates too? Is 24" that sacred? Or would 22 3/4" be acceptable?
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Unread 10-16-2008, 07:53 PM   #1723
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does any one know how to customize the avatar
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Unread 10-16-2008, 08:35 PM   #1724
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I like the little chicken!
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Not sure of all the ways to customize the avatar but I did it when I purchased a subscription. Figured I gained enough knowledge to justiyify it. Plus, folks seem to be pretty nice on here so seemed okay.

Keep the little chicken! I think folks will grow to love it as your first pick.
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