Min grate distance from heat.

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by lookwow, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    what is the min distance you want the first grate to be away from the heat? And if you can say if thats from the top or bottom of the basket.
     
  2. cycletrash

    cycletrash Meat Mopper

    What type of smoker ? The temp. will be different at all elavations......That is why is best to have different levels and use many thermometers to check what you have....Its all part of getting to know your smoker.
     
  3. cycletrash

    cycletrash Meat Mopper

    On my UDS my grate is 3 inches from the top
     
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I will try and find the link I used to build my UDS.
     
  5. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    24" from the bottom of the charcoal grate to the first cooking grate. If you have a dome lid and want to add an upper grate, do that one as high as possible, it should leave you with 8" between the top and bottom grate. The bottom of the charcoal grate should be 2" above the bottom of the drum (measured from the inside) and the center of you intakes should be 1" from the bottom of the drum (measured from the outside)
     
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  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My short cut must be on my home computer. If you Google UDS smokers I remember finding a lot of web sites with plans.
     
  7. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    Or try "the other site" they have the mother of all uds threads.But I promise my dimensions are correct, I have made 4 drums. http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23436
     
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  8. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    Thanks Coffie. So question. If i dont have a domed lid will it work to have to grates then or not really?
     
  9. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    No you can have two grates if you don't have a dome lid. I have a dome lid but it doesn't fit well yet so I never use it. I just use the lid the drum came with and I'm smoking with two racks all the time. You just can't get big cuts of meat on the top rack. I put my bigger cuts of meat on the bottom rack (brisket, butts, etc.) then I will put my ribs on the top rack all at the same time. If you are doing a turkey or something that is tall like that then you aren't able to use the top rack on that smoke but if you had a dome lid then you could put a turkey on the bottom and another big cut of meat on the top.
     
  10. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes it will work to have two grates.
     

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