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jerrykr 09-25-2008 08:40 PM

My UDS can probably use, (and will get) some adjustments, but bottom line, I've had it to 525-550F and when I close everything up, the fire goes out, so I know for sure that I can find a way to get any temp I want to cook with. Texas Brisket on Post Oak this week-end!

Q-Dude 09-26-2008 10:17 AM

Thanks for the clear directions and terrific pictures, Jerry. This is an excellent contribution to this discussion.

Mark 09-26-2008 10:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jerrykr (Post 745998)
My UDS can probably use, (and will get) some adjustments, but bottom line, I've had it to 525-550F and when I close everything up, the fire goes out, so I know for sure that I can find a way to get any temp I want to cook with. Texas Brisket on Post Oak this week-end!

You gonna do an all-wood smoke on your UDS? That's all I've ever used.

jerrykr 09-26-2008 11:58 AM

I usually use charcoal lump with 2 or 3 rather small oak sticks. This will be my second smoke on the UDS, so still learning how to cook on it.

Thanks for the nice comments everyone, hoping the blog is useful. There's other ways to build them that are just as good of course.

ON THE FARM 09-26-2008 12:05 PM

It is a great how-to.

ON THE FARM 09-26-2008 12:06 PM

Has anyone ever tried starting the fire from the bottom of the fire basket so it burns up vs. top down?

jerrykr 09-26-2008 04:36 PM

I suppose that this qualifies as starting the fire from bottom up.
I like using the electric loop starter since I have an outlet nearby.
Just pull it out by the cord when the fire gets going.

http://www.pbase.com/jerrykneupper/image/103432640.jpg

JD McGee 09-26-2008 10:55 PM

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Originally Posted by ON THE FARM (Post 746369)
Has anyone ever tried starting the fire from the bottom of the fire basket so it burns up vs. top down?

Sure...It's commonly known as the "standard" method...

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/fireup1.html#standard

as opposed to the "Minion" method...

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/fireup2.html#minion

keale 09-26-2008 11:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ON THE FARM (Post 746369)
Has anyone ever tried starting the fire from the bottom of the fire basket so it burns up vs. top down?

I'm currious, does it matter? burn longer,
better?

chinesebob 09-26-2008 11:52 PM

anyone having temp issues? It seems lately the temps drop off after 6 hours. I'm running my exhaust at half open, and both of the crank intakes fully open. I check on it and there's a whole slew of charcoal but not fire.

Intakes are clean but I can't keep any kind of solid temp in it.

Dr_KY 09-27-2008 12:24 AM

Open the exhaust fully.

ON THE FARM 09-27-2008 01:29 AM

I was just curious if any one does it that way.
In my 2 years of cooking on my UDS's I have never started the fire from the bottom of the basket, I just dump a chimney of coals on top of the full basket.

keale 09-27-2008 04:05 AM

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Originally Posted by ON THE FARM (Post 746714)
I was just curious if any one does it that way.
In my 2 years of cooking on my UDS's I have never started the fire from the bottom of the basket, I just dump a chimney of coals on top of the full basket.

me too, I do the "mini" minion way with a coffee can.

jrichter52 09-29-2008 12:43 PM

You may be having a problem with ash build up.
Give it a good rap when temps start to go down.

RickyBobby 09-29-2008 04:32 PM

First post! I've got three drums with the tan liner in them. I burned two of them for 5 hours filled 1/3 of the way elm. They burned HOT for a solid 5 hours. Paint on the outside turned to pink powder, inside I have patches of bare metal with patches of what looks like remaining carbonized tan liner.

So my question is, should I take it ALL off on the inside, right down to bare metal? I can't seem to get the black patches off, wire wheel isn't doing much.


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