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Old 06-27-2019, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default Idea for a UDS basket - would like your feedback

So, I’ve decided I’m gonna build myself another UDS (left the last one behind last time I moved). I’m thinking about the charcoal basket and I’d like to improve over what I did last time. Had an idea:

What about using the base of my Weber jumbo joe as the basket? I wouldn’t use the lid and I’d fill that puppy full of charcoal. Seems like it would be enough charcoal and it comes with a handle that would make cleanup easy. Only issue I can think of is whether the ash would build up on bottom and snuff out the fire. I dunno. Thoughts welcome!
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Old 06-27-2019, 04:51 PM   #2
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Maybe if you drilled a bunch of holes in it. I would think airflow would be an issue.

Seems easy enough to make one or buy a pre-made one instead.
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:01 PM   #3
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Good idea to make another UDS.

I imagine the JJ base would hold coal and heat a drum- just not sure how well.

A good firebasket is pretty cheap to put together - I'd personally look at a more conventional solution.
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:18 PM   #4
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:37 PM   #5
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:52 PM   #6
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Old 06-27-2019, 06:42 PM   #7
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I just don't think you would get the burn times. I think the basket from uds parts is only like $40 which i think is money well spent.
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