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Unread 01-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #10486
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Anybody know where I can find a drum and/or weber kettle top in north county san diego?
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Unread 01-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #10487
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Made some adjustments on my UDS... some long awaited.
It's filthy work after its been cooked on for a while.

Removed the intake vent and put some Nomex gasket tape under the vent.
(Ditched the aluminum foil I had stuffed in there to fill the gaps)

Decided to add just one handle, 2 across from each other would make it pretty awkward to carry. Maybe I'll install a wheel and it will be like a unicycle hand truck.

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Unread 01-19-2013, 05:42 PM   #10488
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Bing this guy he should be ready to let it go for $35 I've been watching it for two weeks and it hasent sold.

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/hab/3522645565.html
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Unread 01-19-2013, 06:35 PM   #10489
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Default Temp in the Middle.

I was reading somewhere that the middle of a drum is 20 degrees hotter the the side. I has a thermometer with a 3" stem mounted just under my cooking grate. I place on om the digital probe during a smoke right in the middle hanging down. It appears to me that the temp is the same in the middle & the side.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 07:00 PM   #10490
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Great resource, great ideas for my first UDS, not my last already thinking about the next build
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Unread 01-19-2013, 08:42 PM   #10491
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My temps are the same in the middle and side. My basket burns the coals evenly too:D

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Unread 01-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #10492
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The middle of my drum is about 20 degrees hotter than the sides. It is consistent though, so I don't really consider it a problem.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 12:47 PM   #10493
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Anyone have a solution for the puddle of liquid that ends up at the bottom after a long smoke? I've done 3 sessions in my UDS so far, I end up with a good bit of fat "juice" on the floor of the UDS, under the charcoal basket. Guessing I need some sort of way to catch the drippings that don't hit the coals.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #10494
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Anyone have a solution for the puddle of liquid that ends up at the bottom after a long smoke? I've done 3 sessions in my UDS so far, I end up with a good bit of fat "juice" on the floor of the UDS, under the charcoal basket. Guessing I need some sort of way to catch the drippings that don't hit the coals.

I have read that some have put an oil absorbent in the bottom then just vacuum out.
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Now I have a question;

Will Lump (instead of Kingsford briquets) solve an ash choke problem on a long burn or do I need to change the basket bottom to a grate instead of #9 X 3/4 expanded?

The brisket I did yesterday turned out great but had some problems with the charcoal. Some my fault (started to hot and had trouble keeping the temp down) then about 1/2 way thru the smoke it seemed I had trouble getting the temp up and this morning it appeared to have an ash choke inside the basket.

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Unread 01-21-2013, 12:10 AM   #10495
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I have read that some have put an oil absorbent in the bottom then just vacuum out.
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Now I have a question;

Will Lump (instead of Kingsford briquets) solve an ash choke problem on a long burn or do I need to change the basket bottom to a grate instead of #9 X 3/4 expanded?

The brisket I did yesterday turned out great but had some problems with the charcoal. Some my fault (started to hot and had trouble keeping the temp down) then about 1/2 way thru the smoke it seemed I had trouble getting the temp up and this morning it appeared to have an ash choke inside the basket.

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Thanks for asking mine. I wonder if a kitty litter type material would work down there, instead of making some intricate system to catch drippings.

As for your question.. I had my UDS going for 16 hours the other day while testing the new PID, with Kingsford Lump, no issues with choking. How long of a smoke did you have this issue?
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Do you have an ash pan mounted to the bottom of the charcoal basket? If not, do that.
I have been using my UDS for a year with no puddles of grease in the drum.

Always use hardwood lump. Kingsford briquettes are made out of furniture scraps with other mystery wood. ..

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Do you have an ash pan mounted to the bottom of the charcoal basket? If not, do that.
I have been using my UDS for a year with no puddles of grease in the drum.

Always use hardwood lump. Kingsford briquettes are made out of furniture scraps with other mystery wood. ..

Thanks for the advice.

Yes, I have an ash pan, pictured below. Think I need a larger one?

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Lump it will be on the next burn ...
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My pan is 18 1/2"

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Got all my parts minus the barrel which I'm picking up on Thursday. Should be having some fun this weekend!
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