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Unread 01-06-2013, 05:45 PM   #16
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I agree that the basket can't be too big. I also do not believe this is causing the problem. My Charcoal basket is round, 19 inches, and 15 high. That is mammoth. I do have a 2 inch band at the bottom and the top so I am not sure if that has anything to do with it but starting with 12 or so coals my UDS, equipped with just ONE 1 inch valve, so far, does. not get out of control and get up to 300 unless I open it all the way.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 08:24 PM   #17
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Link to said thread is down there in my signature...
not gospel, just observations and such.....

Originally Posted by jrn View Post
N8man wrote a great tutorial about this some time back. It really helped me relax and enjoy the process! Don't remember the title offhand though. Maybe he'll chime in.

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Unread 01-06-2013, 08:31 PM   #18
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Use a diffuser or if you are you can always use a bigger one. You will go through a lot more charcoal but its easier to control.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 10:12 PM   #19
somebody shut me the fark up.

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If you're letting it get to 300 it'll take a bit of time to get it back down.

As said, try lighting less coals to start with. Let the drum come up to temp SLOWLY and shut down the intake when it's about 5 degrees from your target temp. If I want mine to run at 225 I have to almost close off my intake valve completely, or at least BARELY crack it open.

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Unread 01-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #20
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Roll with the 300.....
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