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Old 03-29-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default Ok, got my UDS, what should I do with this situation?

I have a tri tip I am going to cook on it first using high temp and using pecan wood, then 2 days later I am going to do my first pork butt with cherry and hickory wood.

So how should I handle this exactly? The charcoal should last through both cooks right? And how do I switch from pecan wood to cherry and hickory? Just dig around and swap em out?

Should I just use all the charcoal and get a new batch for the butt?

Also, how much charcoal should I use?
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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How much charcoal you need, and how much you'll have leftover is subjective. I reuse charcoal as often as possible. As far as changing the wood, just like you said, pick out the pecan, and add the other wood.

For two cooks like that, I'd refill your basket before you start the butt. The tri-tip should only take an hour or two, but the butt will be much longer. It's better to have too much charcoal in the basket, than not enough. Adding charcoal to an active UDS isn't fun(not that I've ever done that, just so you know!)

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Old 03-29-2013, 05:19 PM   #3
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Dump the ash, top up the basket & add what ever wood and smoke on.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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Don't sweat it.... Cook your tri-tip, then add your pecan when you cook your butt.

My basket will hold 20Lbs of lump easily. I fire it up, cook, then close it off to put out the coals. Next time I fire it up I may or may not add more lump and/or wood. If I want to do something speacial, then I may empty it and start with a fresh basket. But with a butt, I'd use whatever I got and let smoke away.

Lastly, it will take ya a few cooks on your UDS to get it to settle down and maintain its tep. Just try and relax and enjoy the process. G'luck!
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Bludawg View Post
Dump the ash, top up the basket & add what ever wood and smoke on.
thats the way i would do it
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