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Unread 03-10-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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A question was asked on another forum and I remembered that I had shot some footage last year.

Anyone who uses a uds is faced with the question " How much time do I have to get the meat off before the drum goes ballistic ? "

The answer is.......realistically....... less than two minutes. This video is with no meat on the drum. Had there been meat on the bottom rack it would have flared faster.


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That looks like it was all the grease in the bottom after an overnight cook that finally caught fire. I wonder if the bottom vents were all the way open, partially closed for the cook, or closed so the lid could be taken off.

I don't think this would be unique to a UDS.
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That looks like it was all the grease in the bottom after an overnight cook that finally caught fire. I wonder if the bottom vents were all the way open, partially closed for the cook, or closed so the lid could be taken off.

I don't think this would be unique to a UDS.
The vents were open. This scene is familiar whether the vents are closed or not on my uds.
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**** i did some beef ribs before on my ( r.i.p. ) drum and maybe 10 seconds after i took the lid off the devil jumped out himself.
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**** i did some beef ribs before on my ( r.i.p. ) drum and maybe 10 seconds after i took the lid off the devil jumped out himself.
That right there is funny......But to be clear, I use my uds almost exclusively. I am just saying that you have to have an exit plan for your bbq before you light the fire because getting it all on there is a lot faster than getting it all off.

For those that are building one, this is issue is going to be the something you will have to deal with.
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Your sure right about that Cliff!! I've burned my drums up twice just by taking too long with them. Last time I nearly caught my garage on fire
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Thanks for the heads up. I will be building a UDS soon, I appreciate the warning.
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so, what's the best way to handle it? Meat off quick, or shut all inlets down, let die a bit then open lid? Or other? Appreciate any info that would keep from having to call the fire dept!
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Run that bad boy to the car wash and hose it out :)
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We are talking about the fire triangle here. Ignition source, fuel and air. The best way to keep this under control is to be quick about opening the lid and not allowing to much time for the fuel to receive the extra oxygen. It probably would not hurt to close the air intakes down before opening the UDS to keep it from drawing air like a chimney.
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Is that a peice of wood on top? When your flame takes off @ 2 minutes, it looks like a 8"+ long peice of wood burning and the coals underneath still look pretty stable and glowing, not on fire. Just an observation from what I can see, I'm curious, because I started using fist size chunks of wood and mixing them into the top layer of charcoal instead of putting on top so I get a good lump/wood smoke mixture through the cook.

I have yet to have this problem with my UDS.

I always have 1 intake open and the ball valve open to where i need it to keep steady temps. I kick memorize where my ball valve is cooking and close it completely off, let sit for a few minutes, then I pop the lid off do my thing, put the lid back on. I then put my ball valve back where it was and wait about 10 minutes to let everything get back to normal and adjust slightly i needed every 5-10 minutes until I get my temps back.

Just a suggestion, I've never had mine flare up yet just by taking the lid off, not to say it never will, but these thing works for me.
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Is that a peice of wood on top? When your flame takes off @ 2 minutes, it looks like a 8"+ long peice of wood burning and the coals underneath still look pretty stable and glowing, not on fire. Just an observation from what I can see, I'm curious, because I started using fist size chunks of wood and mixing them into the top layer of charcoal instead of putting on top so I get a good lump/wood smoke mixture through the cook.

I have yet to have this problem with my UDS.
I noticed what looked like a piece of wood on top, too. I've never had any flare up issues from leaving the top of the drum off for a minute or two...
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If you don't want the devil himself to jump out , I would suggest using briquettes. They seem way more stable than using lump in a drum. Just my observation.
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We are talking about the fire triangle here. Ignition source, fuel and air. The best way to keep this under control is to be quick about opening the lid and not allowing to much time for the fuel to receive the extra oxygen. It probably would not hurt to close the air intakes down before opening the UDS to keep it from drawing air like a chimney.
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I noticed what looked like a piece of wood on top, too. I've never had any flare up issues from leaving the top of the drum off for a minute or two...
Just got in from work and wanted to answer this question. I think what ya'll are seeing is a long pc of lump. I only burn chunks of wood.
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