The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS.


Forum Portal Recipes Smoke Signals Magazine Welocme Merchandise Associations Purchase Subscription Brethren Banners
Go Back   The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. > Discussion Area > Q-talk

Notices

Q-talk *ON TOPIC ONLY* QUALITY ON TOPIC discussion of Backyard BBQ, grilling, Equipment and just outdoor cookin' in general, hints, tips, tricks & techniques, success, failures... but stay on topic. And watch for that hijacking.


Reply
Thread Tools
Unread 06-01-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
worknomore
Got Wood.
 
Join Date: 04-07-11
Location: Northern Calif.
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default Question about UDS Build

I am making a basket and am running short on height. Is 24 inches between the coal grate and the cooking great a necessity or could I get away with 22". What would happen by having it closer? Thanks
worknomore is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-01-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
OakPit
is One Chatty Farker
 
Join Date: 03-17-09
Location: Livermore, CA
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

The 24" number has been thrown out there in the master UDS thread. It is indeed nominal. By reducing this dimension, your product would be closer and receive a bit higher cook temperature. Set your thermo. at the grate height and make adjustments as needed. I've got a UDS that rides just over 20" and it is fine.

Just my .02, but you'll be fine.
__________________
-Tim

Traditional Santa Maria Pit
Mini, Small, Medium & Large BGE
Weber 22" OTS & 26" OTG & 18"WSM & WGA
[COLOR="Red"]Each wearing custom handles from Marty Leach[/COLOR]
OakPit is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-01-2011, 08:10 PM   #3
colonel00
Quintessential Chatty Farker

 
colonel00's Avatar
 
Join Date: 06-03-10
Location: Shawnee, KS
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Yes it can be closer. Its more of a suggestion that an rule to be 22-24" from the bottom of the coal basket to the grate.

Here is a math problem based on my main UDS:

The drum is 34" tall with a Weber lid on top. My top rack is 2" down from the top and the bottom rack is 6" down from that. My charcoal basket sits 2" above a pizza pan that acts as a ash tray. The sides of the basket are 12" tall. So, if the basket is full of charcoal, how close is the charcoal to the bottom rack?

Answer: 12"

My basket is rarely full as that is more charcoal than any burn would ever need. The point is that even though I do have the 24" from the bottom of the basket to the first grate, the fire is most often much closer.
__________________
Brad
I was stripped by Guerry while he was wearing a skirt
Proud owner of the PentaZero
WWWWFBBQADD
0 out of 1 members found this post helpful

“I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
colonel00 is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-01-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
worknomore
Got Wood.
 
Join Date: 04-07-11
Location: Northern Calif.
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Thanks all.
worknomore is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-01-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
ssbbqguy
is one Smokin' Farker
 
Join Date: 10-09-07
Location: carthage,mo.
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Mine are on two rack 55gal. models - each rack 7 3/4" from top and 7 3/4" lower than upper one. then one half " to top of Water Pan, then Smoker Plate. then firebox 2" lower. Works fine. Steve.
ssbbqguy is offline   Reply With Quote


Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
UDS Build Question morgaj1 Q-talk 8 09-18-2011 08:53 AM
UDS Build question Jaskew82 Q-talk 1 07-09-2011 03:29 PM
UDS Build question Jaskew82 Q-talk 8 06-25-2011 04:11 PM
UDS Build Question Cahusky Q-talk 3 06-21-2009 03:08 PM
New UDS Build Question BigdogKC Q-talk 16 04-21-2009 09:58 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Loading



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise v2.6.0 Beta 4 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2003 -2012 © BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.
no new posts