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Unread 06-12-2013, 02:41 AM   #1
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I have been reading about how some people like to adjust their temperature with the intake vents, while some like to control the temp by adjusting the exhaust vents.

I personally try to balance my UDS cooks by finessing both of the vents.

What's your choice/method for heat control? (and yes, a Guru or Stoker is the obvious best & easiest temp control method)

Does anyone run exhaust wide open and fine tune on intake or vice-versa?

"And the survey says?????????"
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On my mini, which I guess is the baby of ALL smokers, I just adjust the temp using the intake and leave the exhaust wide open. But that's on my baby smoker which is all I use and have at the moment. I can keep it at 225-250 pretty easily.
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Exhaust wide open. Control the intake. Looking for the cleanest burning fire.
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^^^^^ What he said ^^^^^
I don't cook in a UDS but use that method for all others.
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On my kettles its all exhaust wide , inlet adjustment
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Exhaust wide open.
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Adjust the intake exhaust wide open.
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I always leave exhause wide open and control with intake vents. In my opinion, if you have to throttle your exhause, your exhaust to intake size is incorrect for your cooker. Fully open exhaust seems to achieve a cleaner fire.
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I adjust my intake, open my exhaust, shut my eyes and think of England.
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Exhaust wide open.
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Exhaust wide open + control intake = hot clean fire
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I used to run the exhaust vent wide open and control the temperature with the intake.

Now I run the exhaust wide open with a bbq guru to control the intake.
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^^^ What he said. The guru is the ticket.
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Depends on the cooker. With some of mine, exhaust wide open. If I did that with my kamado, though, I'd have about a 700* fire all the time, which is a little too hot and fast for me-so I adjust both on it.
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I don't even have a way to throttle the exhaust just the intakes and that works great.
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