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Unread 03-24-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default New UDS using/burning too much charcoal too fast -help

Just finished my new UDS. It has a webber lid mod, two 3/4" ball valves on 24" risers, one 1" ball valve on a 18" riser. Charcoal basket is a 12x12, 6" high sides on 3 1/2 bolts for clearance. I made ribs yesterday and thought that it burned through a lot of charcoal, but didn't pay enough attention to how much I put in the basket. Today, I filled the basket with about 12 lbs and lit a half chimney of charcoal & dumped it on top. Temp was solid at 250 with just one 3/4 bal valve open. 6 hrs later temps started to drop, opened other ball valves. At 8 hrs temp dropped below 200. Took off brisket and looked at the basket. All the charcoal was gone, except for a hand full still burning. I have read that most can get 12-14 hrs of cook time on 12 lbs of charcoal. Any answers to what may be happening?
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Unread 03-24-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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You got some answers to your previous post, general opinion is your basket is too small.
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Cheap Charcoal possibly but a 12X6 basket is pretty small. Mine is 18 X 6 and it will go 20 hrs at 250 or 14 at 325.
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Why the duplicate post?
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The basket is 12 inches square and 6 inches tall.
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Sorry for the duplicate post. Still new. Couldn't fine the first one after I came back and though it didn't post.
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