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Unread 08-03-2009, 02:18 PM   #3796
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there needs to be at least 3 inches from the bottom of the barrel to the bottom of your charcoal grate. You can still use that basket, just find some Stainless hardware to put through the holes in the corner to suspend that basket 3-4 inches off the bottom. The airflow needs to come in underneath your charcoal not straight into the side of it.
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Unread 08-03-2009, 03:09 PM   #3797
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I did that. I put (4) 4" long bolts, one on each corner to suspend it off of the bottom of the barrel. The only thing is maybe the ash is building to much? Should I hook up something to shake the pan once and a while?
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Unread 08-03-2009, 04:24 PM   #3798
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My basket does sit 3 inches off of the bottom.

Here is what it looks like.

that looks like a great option for someone too lazy to fabricate something else. Just a few 3inch bolts on for legs and youre ready to go. Being one of those lazy people, I was wondering where you got that thingy? It looks similar to a one of the weber grill accessories (can't remember what it does) but I remember looking on the package and it said it was only good up to 450 degrees.
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Unread 08-03-2009, 04:52 PM   #3799
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Real nice job... what did you weld it with?
I just used a cheap wire feed MIG welder. Since its sheet metal, you don't need anything big or real hot.
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Unread 08-03-2009, 09:40 PM   #3800
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that looks like a great option for someone too lazy to fabricate something else. Just a few 3inch bolts on for legs and youre ready to go. Being one of those lazy people, I was wondering where you got that thingy? It looks similar to a one of the weber grill accessories (can't remember what it does) but I remember looking on the package and it said it was only good up to 450 degrees.
I don't seem to have any problems with heat at all. I was just wondering if it didn't allow enough airflow or was holding the ash and smothering the fire.
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Unread 08-03-2009, 09:59 PM   #3801
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Stlitz, I doubt the basket is the problem. I bought a replacement water pan and punched a bunch of 3/4" holes in it for a charcoal basket for a friends UDS and it has no problem with the temps.

If it was ash build up, it would affect the later part of the cook and not the entire cook.

All that being said, if you have a step bit it wouldn't hurt to try opening up some of those holes.

And all that again being said, if it is steady 220 the entire time and it doesn't spike, I would use the old computer programmer saying, "That's not a bug, it's a feature!"
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Unread 08-03-2009, 10:17 PM   #3802
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12 hour burn and I still have the red liner......only like 30% of it burned off.....HELP!!!!!!
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Unread 08-04-2009, 08:24 AM   #3803
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The only thing was I had problems last time with temps. I just can't seem to get above 220*. I have ( 1/2" holes in the flat lid and (4) intakes around the bottom. For my intakes I have (2) 3/4" x 3" pipes with caps and (2) ball valves. With all four open all the way I can't hit higher than 220*.
Just another possible cause (the one that gave me the most grief). What are you using for charcoal? I had the same problem with some older bags lying aground (one open for over a year, second one stored in a humid enviroment). Mosture absorbed by the charcoal was acting as a natural thermostat in my UDS. Fresh bag of (dryer) charcoal solved the problem. I also notice that the unburnt charcoal in my UDS will absorbe mosture occasionally between useage.
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Unread 08-04-2009, 08:50 AM   #3804
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Finally got her done and seasoned. She held perfect cooking temps from 5pm until 8am when I shut her down, all on the single load of charcoal.
Will be cooking a butt tommorow for her maiden voyage.
A special thanks to all that contributed to this thread.
Nice cooker Jethro!
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I have missed a couple dozen pages of the thread - so please forgive me if it is in here somewhere, but....

I have the obscene desire to put a guru on my uds. What size fan unit would it need? Any experiance with this lurking on the thread.
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oh, why would one want to do such a stupid thing. I mostly BBQ for Sunday Lunch. Being able to sleep a little longer between temp checks would be nice (as well as not coming back from Church to a cold pit - happened once). The second reason is damp lump.
You need to find the Redneck Guru thread..Norcoredneck's invention.

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Unread 08-04-2009, 09:51 AM   #3806
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After hanging around the site for a long time I finally started. I tried to smoke on my gas grill a couple of times and the results were as you know, poor. That is what I am after wasting money on the meat. I have been keeping up with this thread and decided to start my build. I have an endless supply of drums, so if anyone in Southern IL needs a drum let me know. They are food grade with the liner. I went with 3 - 1/2inch and 1 - 3/4 ball valve and will use the 2 inch bung.
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Why paint it? They are called UGLY drum smokers.
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Why paint it? They are called UGLY drum smokers.
Ditto! Who cares what they look like as long as the put out good food.
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Unread 08-04-2009, 03:52 PM   #3809
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Today I got my charcoal basket back from the welder and I realized that I gave the wrong measurement in height.
My basket is now 13cm/5" tall and diameter is 43cm/17".
How long can I cook with a full basket if everything is going ok (temp,wind etc.)?
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Today I got my charcoal basket back from the welder and I realized that I gave the wrong measurement in height.
My basket is now 13cm/5" tall and diameter is 43cm/17".
How long can I cook with a full basket if everything is going ok (temp,wind etc.)?
Thanx!

'til you run out of groceries!!!
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