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Unread 10-09-2009, 11:48 AM   #4306
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I just dumped Approx., 9 pounds ( just guessed by pouring half the bag of a 18 pounder) Lit with the Propane torch in the drum. Let her get to temp then choked it down. I dont think coal lighting is that critical. I think air control would be you culprit. Which may include your basket.
" I dont think coal lighting is that critical"

In my case it was. On my second attempt(I threw a fatty on) I lit way fewer coals and I caught the temps on the way up and held around 225* or so throughout the fatty cook. My first attempt just to season I lit about 10 to 15 coals and by the time I lowered the basket in the drum and put the first grate on I could barely keep my hands in the drum!!!! By the time I got the lid on my temps were way past 350*!!! I is harder to bring the temp down than it is to control it on the way up and hold.

Just MY experience........others may vary

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A couple of months in the making and I finally finished. Next build I buy everything at 1 shot instead of multiple trips to HD, Lowes, and Local hardware stores. Heres a couple pics of the drum during the seasoning burn. THANKS to all who helped along the way. I've been reading this thread and watched Norcos videos and pics a lot and will continue to. For now I have to get temps and timing down.



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Unread 10-09-2009, 11:55 AM   #4308
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A couple of months in the making and I finally finished. Next build I buy everything at 1 shot instead of multiple trips to HD, Lowes, and Local hardware stores. Heres a couple pics of the drum during the seasoning burn. THANKS to all who helped along the way. I've been reading this thread and watched Norcos videos and pics a lot and will continue to. For now I have to get temps and timing down.
Congrats! Drum looks good, but thats an Ugleeee basket!
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Unread 10-09-2009, 11:59 AM   #4310
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From MAsterbuilts website, I highlighted the hook. I didn't catch it at first , my Buddy who had more to drink than I figured it out.
Masterbuilt sucks hard. When I ordered the lid from them, they sent it without the handle and vent so I had to place a second order (where the shipping was equal to the damn parts cost) to get them. I'll be damned if they're getting any more money for stuff that should have come with the first shipment.
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Masterbuilt sucks hard. When I ordered the lid from them, they sent it without the handle and vent so I had to place a second order (where the shipping was equal to the damn parts cost) to get them. I'll be damned if they're getting any more money for stuff that should have come with the first shipment.
http://www.masterbuilt.com/pdf/manua...5%20Kettle.pdf
Page 2 "PARTS LIST"
Did you order the Lid Hook? You will need that also.
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Masterbuilt sucks hard. When I ordered the lid from them, they sent it without the handle and vent so I had to place a second order (where the shipping was equal to the damn parts cost) to get them. I'll be damned if they're getting any more money for stuff that should have come with the first shipment.

crap. i ordered 2 lids from them last week without knowing that...
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http://www.masterbuilt.com/pdf/manua...5%20Kettle.pdf
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Did you order the Lid Hook? You will need that also.
Not if I have to pay them $10 to ship a $2 part I don't.
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Heres the whole kit and kaboodle for $40. Its still Brand new in the Box. If you ask nicely the guy may ship to you. This is how I got mine.
http://redding.craigslist.org/for/1410001322.html
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Heres the whole kit and kaboodle for $40. Its still Brand new in the Box. If you ask nicely the guy may ship to you. This is how I got mine.
http://redding.craigslist.org/for/1410001322.html
Sorry, I didn't realize they were building a MINI UDS.


If you order a lid from Weber, you will ALSO need to order a handle.
If you order a lid from Char-Broil, you will ALSO need to order a handle.
If you order a lid from Uniflame, you will ALSO need to order a handle.
If you order a PART for anything, you will ALSO need to order any other part you may need.
OR
When you get yours, do a Google search for LID STRETCHER.
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Sorry, I didn't realize they were building a MINI UDS.


If you order a lid from Weber, you will ALSO need to order a handle.
If you order a lid from Char-Broil, you will ALSO need to order a handle.
If you order a lid from Uniflame, you will ALSO need to order a handle.
If you order a PART for anything, you will ALSO need to order any other part you may need.
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When you get yours, do a Google search for LID STRETCHER.
AWW, I see what you did there
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If you order a PART for anything, you will ALSO need to order any other part you may need.
Thanks for the advice, but I didn't order a PART. When I called I asked for a complete lid assembly.
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I just wanted to say that coal lighting is extremely important to how the burn goes and is the first step to proper temperature control.
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I just wanted to say that coal lighting is extremely important to how the burn goes and is the first step to proper temperature control.
Really, how? Guess I got lucky. I'll be more careful.
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If you light from the bottom, you will have out of control temps because your whole basket will be on fire. If you leave a stovepipe in the middle, then pour the lit coals in it to the bottom, it will do the same thing. You want only part of the coals burning at any one time during the cook. It will take about an hour for the little bit of coals you start on top to get enough of the coals around them burning to get the drum up to temp. Then when you choke the air back, it slows the rate at which more coals catch up. That is how you get the extended burn times, and the lower temperature.

What you want to do is just get about 15 briquettes white hot, then pour them right on the top of your coal basket. Keep them together, not spread all over the top. I usually put them right in the center.

This way, the coals will catch up slowly, and you will be able to hit the temp you want on the way up more consistently. You will also use less coal during the cook.
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