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Old 09-22-2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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Default Test burn went very well.

After completing my drum I fired it up for a test burn. After a shaky start (temps around 325) the drum settled down to 250 and stayed there all day. I started the burn at 1:00 PM and at 10:00 PM when I went to bed it was still going steady at 250ish. I hoped to still have a decent temp when I went to work at 6:00 AM but I woke to the sound of rain. So much for my test burn. I had it partially under the eaves of the garage but I wasn't hoping for much. The thermomoter still read 235!!!! 17 hours and rain. Not bad!

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Old 09-22-2008, 09:38 AM   #2
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NOTE TO SELF:
Buy a drum and make a freakin' UDS!!
Seriously though, congrats on becoming the latest drumhead on this forum.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:17 AM   #3
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How much charcoal did you use to get that great performance, Mike??
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:40 AM   #4
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How much charcoal did you use to get that great performance, Mike??
I used a bag of RO lump in the outer ring (outside the coffee can) and some recylced briquettes and lump from a previous cook in the center and then pulled the coffee can. I'm trying to remeber the poundage on the bag . 17 pounds I think. Basically the basket was full to coffee can depth.

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Old 09-22-2008, 11:45 AM   #5
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Mike - that's a cool looking charcoal ring. I'm thinking you should have a little more room for the fallen ash to accumulate - like 3"
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:05 PM   #6
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Mike - that's a cool looking charcoal ring. I'm thinking you should have a little more room for the fallen ash to accumulate - like 3"
I'll have to see once I pull it apart tonight. I can lenghten the bolts I used to hold the grill but I was worried about losing the 24 inches to the bottom grill. I use mainly lump so I'm hoping ash will be less of an issue.
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:06 PM   #7
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Mike - that's a cool looking charcoal ring. I'm thinking you should have a little more room for the fallen ash to accumulate - like 3"
Thats cool... Real cool Lot of holes though Thats a lot of holes... why not weld one put

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Old 09-22-2008, 12:12 PM   #8
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Thats cool... Real cool Lot of holes though Thats a lot of holes... why not weld one out of expanded steel?

"Best laid plans of mice and men."
No weldie. Although a welder is on my wish list for Christmas. :)
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:16 PM   #9
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Geeks don't weld Nice drum build Mike.

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Old 09-22-2008, 10:32 PM   #10
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If I use 12lbs of briq in my baskets, most anything I cook is done well before the coals burn out. Usually 16+ hours average burn at that rate, Brisket, butts an Picnics are done in 9-10 hours.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:38 PM   #11
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Alright a geek drumhead!!!!!!
Welcome to the drumcorp.
UDSs are cool aren't they?
Now let's see some PRON.

I doubt you will be using that much charcoal for actual cooking, so you might be able to get by with the distance from the grate to the ashpan.
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Alright a geek drumhead!!!!!!
Welcome to the drumcorp.
UDSs are cool aren't they?
Now let's see some PRON.

I doubt you will be using that much charcoal for actual cooking, so you might be able to get by with the distance from the grate to the ashpan.
I checked the drum when I got home that night and the charcoal had gone out and there was an inch or two of charcoal/ash on top of the grate. I'm curious to see how it perfroms with less charcoal.
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