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Unread 01-20-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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On my UDS, every once in a while I get these major 50 deg temp spikes. I will be cruzing along for an hour or more at 225-250 then all of a sudden it will freak out and spike to 300+. Could this happen when it hits a wood chunk that has yet to be lit?
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using Bluebag Kingsford, or are you using lump?
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Blue bag and royal oak mix
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It has happened with pure blue bag and pure royal oak so not sure that it is the brand of charcoal.
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My coal box just happens to have both right now.
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when you usually notice it, has it been a while since you've opened the lid sometimes the extra will take a few min to spike, but in general, i've never had this issue. what are you using to measure the temp? i may not notice since i quit using the maverick in there and the turkey thermo is pretty slow ;)
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I have the iGrill which gives me real time graph temp readout so I notice these things. I never have to open my lid.
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How far into the cook does this happen and is it fairly consistent? Many things can cause this from wind to sun/shade to the setup of your UDS to the meat breaking down and dripping more. If it is a major issue then try to minimize the variables and determine the few things that are changing when the temp spikes.
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The only times my temp might shoot up is when I pull the lid. But once I put the lid back on, it settles back to where it was. It never just shoots up like that on its own though.
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It cold be unburned wood igniting or dripping grease. I cook at 300 to me that is a good thing.
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