Help with my second grate

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by shelton573, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. shelton573

    shelton573 Meat Mopper

    Hello everyone,

    I built a UDS this spring and it started out with just a top grate 7" from the top.  I put a second rack on it recently about 7" below that one.  My thermometer is directly in between the 2 grates.  My issue is the food on the bottom grate gets charred if you don't rotate the racks.  My question is, if I put a deflector on top of the fire box will that eliminate the issue or will I just have to keep rotating?  Since my fire box is round (technically not a box then I guess) I thought about putting a pizza pan with holes in it on top of it.  What is everyone's thoughts and is there a fix anyone knows of?  Thanks!

    Shelton
     
  2. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Pizza pan works great as a deflector, but with your second grate so close to the fire, you may still have to rotate.  I only run one grate in my UDS because I have a flat lid, if I had a domed one, I'm sure it would work better.


     
  3. shelton573

    shelton573 Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the reply!  I have read that the deflector will cut down on fire time, is that true?  I have read where some say it will but a full basket from 14 hr fire to about 12 which isn't a huge deal to me.  The last time I cooked, I my ends got a bit crispy on the bottom rack but didn't care about them really.  The sides of ribs on the top rack started to get a bit charred on the underneath side but still turned out great.  Thanks again for the info!

    Shelton
     
  4. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    I am not sure on the burn time change.  I rarely use my drum for long cooks anyway, mostly burgers, chicken breasts, fatties, stuffed chicken breasts, ribs occasionally.  
     
  5. shelton573

    shelton573 Meat Mopper

    I did stl style ribs on mine last time and a half basket got me about 6-7 hrs burn time.  Before that, I did a pork butt for 9 hrs with about 3/4 basket with no problems.  Just curious if I would lose some of that time.  Pizza pans are cheap so I reckon there is one way to find out right?  Thanks for your info!

    Shelton
     
  6. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Anytime Shelton.  Yep, the perf pizza pans around here at WM go for around $5.  I have put one in every UDS I have built and seem to work well, just not sure about helping with a lower grate.   Let us know what you find!
     

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