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Unread 11-23-2011, 12:52 PM   #8911
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Well the drums were lined but it was the tan one. Not too bad to mget out. Just one burn with some oak fire wood and a leaf blower and that baby was glowing. Now just too assemble. Got 3 3/4 close nipples, 1 3/4 ball valve, Stainless carriage bolts 1/4" for the grates. 1 new 18.5 Weber fire grate. All I need is some expanded metal for the basket. Can I do a seasoning burn with just a chimney? Heres some PRON.
Is the 18.5 grate for your fire basket or cooking grate? I'm assuming fire grate, as the 22.5" weber is great for a cooking grate.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 02:36 PM   #8912
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Will PVC pipe be ok for the exhaust?

PVC will work.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 02:48 PM   #8913
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PVC will work.
Seriously? Better keep that smoker low 'm slow! PVC will soften at 200 degrees; puddle of goo at 375.

As for the exhaust stack- mine ran hot without a stack, and a 9" stack brought it back under control.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #8914
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Im still haveing trouble getting my MUDS to 300. I built a bigger basket 8" sq 8" deep out of all expanded metal. Its a fifteen or twenty gallon drum and it is every port is wide open and it is only at about 210. I cant figure it out.

Im using lump and I started thinking that maybe it has had something to do with it. But after reading the last several posts that cant be it.

I built and used severl 55 gallon UDS and never had a problem.

Im kinda stumped.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 03:01 PM   #8915
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<snip>Can I do a seasoning burn with just a chimney?</snip>
Haven't personally ever tried to cook with that few coals, but you need to get it up to temp and hold it for awhile to cook something like a fattie to season it.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 08:00 PM   #8916
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Im still haveing trouble getting my MUDS to 300. I built a bigger basket 8" sq 8" deep out of all expanded metal. Its a fifteen or twenty gallon drum and it is every port is wide open and it is only at about 210. I cant figure it out.

Im using lump and I started thinking that maybe it has had something to do with it. But after reading the last several posts that cant be it.

I built and used severl 55 gallon UDS and never had a problem.

Im kinda stumped.
I'm stumped with getting my 55 gal drum above 210. First burn was with a 2" exhaust stack and all 4 vents open. Second burn I drilled 4 more 1" holes in the lid and it didn't do much better. I'm thinking of making my charcoal basket a smaller diameter cause I think I used a 20" grate for it.
Sure would appreciate some advise from anyone who has had this problem. There's another drum waiting in the wings but I'm not touching it until I get the first one working right.
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How did you light the coals. Was the charcoal old or new? Could it have gotten damp. I'm sure it's not the drum
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Unread 11-23-2011, 08:42 PM   #8918
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The first burn was some older blue K and some lump. Second was brand new blue K. I put a coffee can in the middle of the basket, fill the basket with charcoal and a few wood chunks then pour half a chimney of lit coals on after I pull the can out of the middle.
Drum has three 3/4" pipe nipples and a 3/4" ball valve and all were wide open.
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Try lighting more coals....always works for me.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 09:31 PM   #8920
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Is the 18.5 grate for your fire basket or cooking grate? I'm assuming fire grate, as the 22.5" weber is great for a cooking grate.
Fire grate is from 18" weber to make fire basket. I'll get a couple new 22.5" grates for cooking.
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Try lighting more coals....always works for me.
I will try that next round. Sure wish I was cooking on it tomorrow but I'm not ready for that with the temp issue right now.
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[QUOTE=Mr. Bo;1859888]I put a coffee can in the middle of the basket, fill the basket with charcoal and a few wood chunks then pour half a chimney of lit coals on after I pull the can out of the middle
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Lose the coffee can? Search minion method. Works for me!
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trying to upload pix. test 1. Fire basket for turkey cook last weekend. Aprox 15# of Stubs Briquettes, (4) chuncks of apple wood and pre lit K from chimney. ran 325 - 350 for 5 hours with 3-4 intakes open.
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[quote=otterpop;1860060][QUOTE=Mr. Bo;1859888]I put a coffee can in the middle of the basket, fill the basket with charcoal and a few wood chunks then pour half a chimney of lit coals on after I pull the can out of the middle
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Lose the coffee can? Search minion method. Works for me!
Duh! I thought I was using the minion method but it seems I don't need the hole in the middle. The coffee can is a goner.
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Well, the coffee can is a somewhat modified Minion Method......same principle, I would say..
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