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Old 07-21-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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I am going to do my first cook on my UDS. I plan to cook a whole chicken at around 350°. I have a lot of 2 year old maple and have chunked some of it up. I plan to put a couple of pieces in with the charcoal. I will rub the chicken with some oil and sprinkle with some dry rub. It will sit vertically on a BCC stand with a drip pan underneath. How does this sound? Am I missing anything? Here is a pict of the maple chunks (you can see the size relative to the bricks)as well as the supply.

I also have some Oak in the wood pile. Can that be used for smoke?
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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Maple is my favorite wood for anything that flies. And yes you certainly can use oak to smoke with.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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Never used maple. Going to try. And the size you have looks just right.
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Maple is good and oak is one of my favorites.

That's a serious woodpile. :jealous:
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Nice supply of wood. Maple will be fine with your chicken.
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I use maple sparingly in lump charcoal with good results. Maple is pretty mild and chicken takes on smoke readily.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. This is the maiden voyage of my first UDS, actually of smoking anything. I figure I'll work my way up to a brisket.
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The chicken is in the UDS. I rubbed her with oil, sprinkled some seasoning on her, inserted 1/2 can of beer and stood her on the grill. Potatoes in oil and salt added as well. I started the coal in my home made chimney with a piece of birch bark. Sure did smoke. It has been in for 10 minutes and the temp is only up to 217. I hope it climbs. I was hoping to cook at 350. I put about 10lbs of lump charcoal with 3 pieces of maple. If it doesn't go up, I may have to take it apart and put in a larger quanty of maple. I just looked again and it is up to 253 so maybe it won't be a problem. More to come....
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:37 PM   #9
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One hour into it and it looks like 298 is going to be the top temp. I wonder if I drill another hole in the cover If I could get it hotter.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:04 PM   #10
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I opend her up, pulled everything out and the coals were only burning in a small section. So, I stirred them up, added 4 chunks of maple and put everything back together and the temp shot up to 375. Hope it stays there.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #11
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Sounds like you're on your way to a successful cook.
That nasty smoke from your chimney is the reason I won't cook with birch.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:54 PM   #12
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The meat of the chicken was great! The skin was tasty but not crispy. Probably because I couldn't keep the temp high enough. Any tips from the experts? The maple gave it a nice light to medium flavor. Next up.... a rack of ribs
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Only advice I can give is the temp needs to be at least 325 the whole cook to get crispy skin.

Looks good though!
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:49 PM   #14
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I can't tell for sure... might need more intake air
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #15
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Can't tell from pic. Make another and I will come over and taste it for you. Lol.
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