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N8man 03-29-2010 10:53 AM

Here is my CoalBasket, I'm using a mix of Lump and KF and on top
I've placed 17 lit Briquettes. This is my typical starting procedure.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/w...oalsReady6.jpg

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Originally Posted by wayner123 (Post 1230766)
Guys I am having the hardest time keeping the temps low in my UDS. I have a weber lid that I had to beat the lip flat and reshape around the barrel top, but I am not sure if that is the problem. The reason I say that is because I can close all intakes and the fire chokes out in about an hour or two.

Could it be that I am not burning my lump correctly? I think I may be using too much in the charcoal starter and then spreading it out too much as well. What I do is take about a half a chimney of lump, get it red, then spread on top of my lump already in the UDS. Any advice?

Here are some pics of my build:

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...Q/IMG_6030.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...Q/IMG_6032.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1...Q/IMG_6035.jpg


Rodney 03-29-2010 11:15 AM

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Originally Posted by NoviceBBQmovinUp (Post 1200898)
So i have all my parts for my first UDS. however, i have not landed any expanded metal yet. i called a metal fab shop near me and the guy said he has some but he asked me what kind. i did not know so i told him i would call him back.

I am assuming he was talking about the guage but i really dont know because i dont know much about expanded metal. Can someone let me know the preferred type of expanded metal used. I tried skimming back through this thread because i remember reading about it, but i could not find it.

Ideally, 3/4" 9 gauge, flattened.

Remember to bend it the opposite way that I did (see pic below)... make the diamonds point upward instead of around the basket... unless you're in for a workout! It's 5 times easier to bend that way. Other than that, you may want to check out my video (in my sig) on building a charcoal basket (and I think Norco has one too), so you can at least learn what NOT to do. :thumb:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/pi...pictureid=2109

-r

wayner123 03-29-2010 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by N8man (Post 1230837)
Here is my CoalBasket, I'm using a mix of Lump and KF and on top
I've placed 17 lit Briquettes. This is my typical starting procedure.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/w...oalsReady6.jpg

I am going to try less lump and center it more to see if that helps out. Thanks so much for the advice. Here is what I have been doing before (from Jim Minion himself)

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../BBQ/pic19.jpg

See how spread out his coals are? Maybe that's because he is using briquettes instead?

PStan 03-29-2010 02:17 PM

Seasoned and Ready to go!
 
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Originally Posted by PStan (Post 1157873)
I finally located a drum this past weekend :-D. Now I am in the process of collecting all of the needed parts to put it all together once I get the burn out done. The drum has a thing brown/tan lining that should burn out easily since it is already scratched down to bare metal in one spot on the bottom. Here are some cell phone pics.:-D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...00123-1514.jpg

One of these days I will finish painting that door and wall :rolleyes:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...00123-1523.jpg

Started the burn out back in February and life's interuptions just happen so here you go.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...00213-1921.jpg

Doing the burn out and tossed the lid on to get it mostly burned but not warped so I finished it off with a small hand torch.

I finally got some free time in life to finish up the UDS this past Friday.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...00327-1845.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...00327-2149.jpg
Cleaned & ready for seasoning, note I just finished rebuffing and washing the layer of rust out of it. Currently using magnets to control air flow and just the open 2" bung port for exhaust. Now just need to practice and learn some fire control.

The basket build:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...00307-1739.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...00326-2216.jpg

I think I am going to make some removeable inserts out of some scrap to be able to hold a smaller, more compact mound of charcoal for shorter burns.

h20loo 03-29-2010 02:24 PM

You have done a nice job of the build. As to the smaller basket I think you will find that it isn't really necessary since you control the fire with your intake and when you are finished you simply close the intake and exhaust and save the remaining coals for another day.

PStan 03-29-2010 02:31 PM

Thanks, I just need some more time and practice with it. The basket is 16" diameter and 8" sides so it does hold a lot of fuel, more than I would need to do a few chickens for the family.

Rodney 03-29-2010 05:17 PM

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Originally Posted by h20loo (Post 1231144)
You have done a nice job of the build. As to the smaller basket I think you will find that it isn't really necessary since you control the fire with your intake and when you are finished you simply close the intake and exhaust and save the remaining coals for another day.

I agree... that's what I did.

Rodney 03-29-2010 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by N8man (Post 1230837)
Here is my CoalBasket, I'm using a mix of Lump and KF and on top
I've placed 17 lit Briquettes. This is my typical starting procedure.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/w...oalsReady6.jpg

Ya know, I did mine the same exact way that you did and the "kernel" of burning coals seemed to tunnel downward more than spread outward. I got the impression that it'd burn more evenly if I had spread the coals out more evenly over about half of the top surface area of the charcoal basket. I don't know if this matters or not though. I'm running a 13.5" diameter basket and started up with 14 briquettes. Next time it'll be the recommended 12 briquettes... I had at least as much heat as I needed.

-r

peppasawce 04-01-2010 05:09 PM

Why don't you guys wait until the coals ash over, then start cooking!!!! I believe that would take the guess work out of starting the fire basket and it not going out as easy whenever the intakes and lid is closed!!! Just a thought!!! Peppa!!!!

AJP 04-01-2010 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by peppasawce (Post 1235883)
Why don't you guys wait until the coals ash over, then start cooking!!!! I believe that would take the guess work out of starting the fire basket and it not going out as easy whenever the intakes and lid is closed!!! Just a thought!!! Peppa!!!!

We want it to go out with the lid and intakes closed. Also if you let it all ash over your temps would be around 500 and uncontrollable.

peppasawce 04-01-2010 09:20 PM

OK, now I know...Knowledge is power....Thanks AJP

devious 04-01-2010 09:25 PM

this is how i do it(not that its the right way) I put my lit lump on one side and let it burn from left to right( or right to left ) thats my 2 cents:thumb:

Dr_KY 04-03-2010 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Browser (Post 600288)
Just 'cos you've got a long pipe you thingk we all want to see it?!?!?!:eek::-D

Browser you still out there and what's the deal with your SCUD smoker?:boxing:

Old Smoke 04-03-2010 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Dr_KY (Post 1238147)
Browser you still out there and what's the deal with your SCUD smoker?:boxing:

OK guys I'm the new guy what is a SCUD smoker? It sounds interesting but can ya smoke with it?

Dr_KY 04-03-2010 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Old Smoke (Post 1238270)
OK guys I'm the new guy what is a SCUD smoker? It sounds interesting but can ya smoke with it?



Here is his build. Tonnes of work in this one..

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=29936

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m...idensmoke2.jpg


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