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Unread 06-13-2011, 12:16 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

I just built my first UDS. The construction of it went well, almost too well if you ask me.

Anyhow, I did my first smoke on it today when my issue cropped up. I was unable to control the temperature. When the temp began rising above 225 I attempted to close down the air intake some, however nothing worked at stopping the rising temps. The temp peaked at about 400 with the air intake fully shut down.

Just FYI, I am used to cooking indirect on a Chargriller Pro Deluxe.
And I was using Royal Oak lump.

Any suggestions that you may have to remedy this situation would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 06-13-2011, 04:39 AM   #2
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My first question would be, how did you light the coals? Did you have to big of a fire to control the temperature?
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Can you post some pics of your UDS? Might help the brethren with their suggestions.
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Is there any possibility of an air leak like maybe around the lid? Or maybe you started it with to many hot coals!
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To many hot coals sounds like!
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Is there any possibility of an air leak like maybe around the lid? Or maybe you started it with to many hot coals!
I have seen people bring this up before. However, I have to wonder if an air leak around the lid even matters. Most of us have a couple holes towards the top for thermometers and probe wires. Not to mention the good ole basic design of a UDS with 8 holes drilled in the lid. That is a major air leak if I ever heard of one. From what I understand, people with the holes in the lid can supposedly shut off their intake and kill the fire. I have only read that though and have no personal experience in that area.

To the OP, can you provide us some pics of your setup? That usually helps greatly in determining issues.
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How many briquette's did ya have in your chimney?
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I will post pics of it when I get home.

As for the chimney, I use a Weber chimney, and I filled the chimney to the top. I was thinking that this may be the problem, but I never had this issue with my Chargriller.
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I will post pics of it when I get home.

As for the chimney, I use a Weber chimney, and I filled the chimney to the top. I was thinking that this may be the problem, but I never had this issue with my Chargriller.
Definitely the problem. You usually only need to start with 6-12 lit coals. Let the heat increase and start to cut down the intakes. It is easier to catch the temps on the way up than to bring them down. Still though, with everything closed it should have started to come down eventually.
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Doh, duplicate post.
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I will post pics of it when I get home.

As for the chimney, I use a Weber chimney, and I filled the chimney to the top. I was thinking that this may be the problem, but I never had this issue with my Chargriller.
Yep! Way too many hot coals

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Definitely the problem. You usually only need to start with 6-12 lit coals. Let the heat increase and start to cut down the intakes. It is easier to catch the temps on the way up than to bring them down. Still though, with everything closed it should have started to come down eventually.
I agree.
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Yep! Way too many hot coals



I agree.
I agree also. I have also heard that lump burns too hot for a UDS. I use Blue K. But themajor problem is too many hot coals. I start mine with about 10 lit coals.
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Okay guys. I think I have a pic of my set up attached.

And I will see if I can cut down my temps by starting less fuel.
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As mentioned I also do not use Lump in the Drum, just Kingsford Briquettes. Much easier to control the fire.
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Okay, I will give Kingsford a try in it. I will let you know how it goes.
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