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Unread 08-23-2012, 10:32 AM   #9931
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Shouldn't really ever have to worry about the bottom getting hot. I've sat my smoker on ice in the winter before and it didn't even melt it.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 01:31 PM   #9932
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Four hours into the dry run ... smoker is very touchy between 225* and 250* ... Lid seals good and can't see any visible intake leaks ... 1 vent open and ball valve 1/2 to 1/4 = 250, 1 vent open valve closed 225*. Right now another adjustment vent open and ball valve barely open (1/8 ) ... sure would like to get to 235* to 240*.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 02:31 PM   #9933
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Try getting a 4-6" piece of PVC that will screw in that bung with a cap and see if that will hellp your issue...See Image...if that dosn't fix it in the second photo you can see a ball valve installed on the front air intake and that will let you close your intake down a little bit to help control you heat...Good luck....
Hmm...not sure I know what you mean. Why would I want to put a stack on it with a cap. Putting a cap on it is still closing it up. From what I've read from some of the early Pioneers in this thread, using a stack really is just for aesthetics and offers no improvement on air flow. I already have a ball valve on one of the 3/4" intakes. Honestly, I think it is just a matter of starting with way less pre-burned coals to start. Then I should be able to leave the exhaust open more. Going to try on my next cook.
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My design is pretty much as simple as they get and I have not tried to reinvent the wheel here. I appreciate the feedback Razr.

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Unread 08-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #9934
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The two inch bung should be completely open. Don't close it up. You need that to exhaust stale smoke and to create a good draft to pull in air in th bottom. Never use the exhaust to regulate temps.
That's what I'm shootin' for on next smoke Moda.

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Unread 08-23-2012, 02:44 PM   #9935
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Four hours into the dry run ... smoker is very touchy between 225* and 250* ... Lid seals good and can't see any visible intake leaks ... 1 vent open and ball valve 1/2 to 1/4 = 250, 1 vent open valve closed 225*. Right now another adjustment vent open and ball valve barely open (1/8 ) ... sure would like to get to 235* to 240*.
Hey Peddler...how's it going? Can you remind me of your UDS design again? Also, what was the method of starting the fire today? Minion? Weed burner? How many coals lit etc?

Are you holding your desired temp and with what open?

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Unread 08-23-2012, 03:11 PM   #9936
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OK .. started with the minion method about 10 coals ... flat lid w/8 exhaust vents.

Once I find the sweet spot on the ball valve ... holding between 225 and 250. I guess I'm a little anal as I would like to get more precise at 235 to 240. A 25 degree spread isn't really that big of a deal. So far so good.

BTW a 2" stack is .4 of a square inch larger than 8 - 1/2 in holes, better exhaust. Do all your control with the INLETS and leave the EXHAUST open.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 04:14 PM   #9937
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BTW a 2" stack is .4 of a square inch larger than 8 - 1/2 in holes, better exhaust. Do all your control with the INLETS and leave the EXHAUST open.
It is actually a 2 1/2" diameter bung. I'm no mathmetician (spelling) but 8 - 1/2" holes gives you 4" of exhaust whereas one 2 1/2" gives you, well, 2 1/2" of exhaust. right? Are you suggesting to actually use a riser?

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NO !!!

Use your 1/2 holes and leave them all open ...
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NO !!!

Use your 1/2 holes and leave them all open ...
Stop yelling at me I don't have any 1/2" holes. As I said, I just have a 2 1/2" as an exhaust and three 3/4" intakes drilled 2" above the bottom of the drum.

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Unread 08-23-2012, 04:45 PM   #9940
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Has anyone ever made a step by step guide with pictures or a video for uds creation?

There is just so much info here its totally overwhelming and I'm unsure where to even start..... I'm not especially handy when it comes to diy.

I'm hoping someone with some experience will have made something they can share.

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Has anyone ever made a step by step guide with pictures or a video for uds creation?

There is just so much info here its totally overwhelming and I'm unsure where to even start..... I'm not especially handy when it comes to diy.

I'm hoping someone with some experience will have made something they can share.

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Unread 08-23-2012, 05:32 PM   #9942
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Yea that's the one that pop into my head. Have you looked at the photo gallery? Go to the bottom hit ugly drum then. Photo gallery there are a lot to learn from there
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Yea that's the one that pop into my head. Have you looked at the photo gallery? Go to the bottom hit ugly drum then. Photo gallery there are a lot to learn from there
I haven't yet, thanks for reminding me.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 07:21 PM   #9944
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Yea that's the one that pop into my head. Have you looked at the photo gallery? Go to the bottom hit ugly drum then. Photo gallery there are a lot to learn from there
Wait, where exactly is the photo gallery? I can't find it at the bottom of the home page.

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never mind...found it.

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Ran 11 1/2 hours, averaged 238*. Several tweeks, prob me being anal.
Could possible run longer @ a lower temp like for an all nighter.
Over all good results.
Will check the charcoal basket in the morning.
Ribs this weekend.

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