UDS Almost Completed

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UDS Almost Completed

Post by Pappa Roach1 » March 12th, 2015, 9:02 am

We finally had the weather break so that I could get some paint on my drum.
We assembled it yesterday morning, and did our seasoning burn. I sprayed the inside of the drum with Canola Oil.

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I was out of lump, so I used some of my Dutch Oven charcoal. I used one of my small chimneys, and filled it a little over half full of Kingsford briquetts. I placed a tomato juice can with both ends cut out in the charcoal basket, and added the remainder of the 16.6 pound bag of charcoal.

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We placed the white charcoal in the can, and then removed the can from the basket. We put the charcoal basket in the smoker at 11:50 AM.
All 4 of the 3/4" Intakes were open, as well as all 4 of the 1/2" Exhaust Holes.
12:00 = 225 deg
12:15 = 250 deg
12:39 = 275 deg
12:41 Capped both front Intakes, both Ball Valves closed to 3/4 open
1:18 260 deg Opened both ball valves to 100%
1:44 265 deg Opened one of the front Intakes.
2:20 290 deg Took the lid off the inside looked good.

5:29 Put 4 pork steaks on the second rack down.
5:48 Put the Vegatable Medley on the Top Rack
Maintained a temperature of very close to 285 for the cook.
6:30 Turned the Pork Steaks, and checked the Vegatables, they needed to cook longer. Steaks looking good.
7:00 Everything is done.

Checking the Drum every half hour and tweeking the valves a little I kept it between 265 - 275 till 9 PM.
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The temperature was down to 245 at 9:30 I opened up the Intakes and it stayed at 250 till 11 PM.

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Front Air Intake 3/4" Floor Flange, with Male and Female 90, with a Brass 3/4" Pipe to Garden Hose adapter.
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Air Intake with Brass Hose Cap installed. A little classier than a Cast Iron Pipe Cap.

If you caught the Exhaust Size above, it was 4 each 1/2". My China copy of a Weber Dome lid did not have full 3/4" Exhaust holes. I am of the opinion that you need more Exhaust than Intake. Which I do not have. I think the small exhaust was choking the drum down a little more than needed.
I need to run my drum to the shop and have Dale weld my cast iron wheels on the bottom. I will see about having him open the exhaust holes up a little with his Die Grinder while I am at the shop.
I picked up a third Leg Rack yesterday. I think I will cook a batch of Legs this afternoon.

Bob



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Re: UDS Almost Completed

Post by elkhorn98 » March 12th, 2015, 9:36 am

You could add a 2nd weber style exhaust wheel with another 4 holes.



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Re: UDS Almost Completed

Post by Pappa Roach1 » March 12th, 2015, 10:04 am

elkhorn98
A second weber style exhaust would be ideal.
From my first run with Briquettes I do not believe it would go past 300 with all Intakes wide open on briquettes. I believe this is from the Exhaust being too small.

I will be running Kingsford Lump this afternoon. They make both Kingsford and Frontier within 10 miles of where I live. Two different plants. Nice to have the good stuff made locally.

I will have a handle on Lump and a larger Exhaust by tonight with luck, and Dale is not fishing.

Bob



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