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Unread 06-04-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default UDS charcoal basket procedures

Do you dump some lit charcoal in the bottom of the basket then fill it up, or do you fill the basket first and light the top? I do it the second way, but I got to thinking about it, and I'm wondering if I'm missing something here.
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Shawn, do the "minion" method....w/ a coffee can. Cut out both ends, put in basket lay coals, and wood around can...put 1 chimmney of lit coals in can, pull out can,....
Walla!!... I actually stole this idea from "Smokin Gator!" LOL!
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I usually fill the basket, then make an indent in the center of the charcoal and put about 12-15 hot coals in the indent.
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I usually fill the basket, then make an indent in the center of the charcoal and put about 12-15 hot coals in the indent.
Ditto, that works for me, but i'd like to hear other ideas....
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I fill the basket and use a torch, lighting one spot dead center. Takes about 3 minutes.
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I usually fill the basket, then make an indent in the center of the charcoal and put about 12-15 hot coals in the indent.
same for me.....
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I usually fill the basket, then make an indent in the center of the charcoal and put about 12-15 hot coals in the indent.
I don't make the indent, but just pour on about 15 lit coals.
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This is what I like to use... :-)
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This is what I like to use... :-)
i am gonna pretend that i did not see that!!
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Either the new guy from Ohio has a good sense of humor or will actually learn how to Q. But who knows, he probably douses the MatchLight bag in Charcoal fluid to get it started.
As for Smokin Shawn go with Thirdeye's method or OSD.
I don't think you need a whole chimney to get a UDS up to temp fast.
I use Thirdeye's method and once about 4 or 5 coals on top are going turn off the weed burner. Like he said about 3 minutes.
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Now thats funny chit!!
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I fill the basket and use a torch, lighting one spot dead center. Takes about 3 minutes.
Thanks all. This is the same method that I use. I was just checking to see how it was done else where. My neighbor who has a large BDS does it the same way with the same type of flame thrower! Man I like setting stuff a'flame!
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I think there are pics on the Pretty good bbq thread with him using it, and there was lighter fluid too.
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