question for UDS pro's

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by burgs95, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. burgs95

    burgs95 Newbie

    Still debaiting building a UDS. I've got a Brinkman SNP and it works well. I just want something I can get longer burns. I've read all the threads but still have a major questions. When using a UDS, do you have issues with ash choke in the chacoal baskets? It seems very hard to replace lump or shake the basket with a UDS.
     
  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thank you sir....

    No ash build-up, basket sits 3" off the bottom of the drum.

    I just give it a lil "kick" once in a while to drop the ash.

    If built right, you'll NEVER need to add fuel or wood! [​IMG]
     
  3. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ever?? Are we talking perpetual smoking??
     
  4. burgs95

    burgs95 Newbie

    So how much lump are you using for long burns? Say 10-12 hrs. Standard minium method?
     
  5. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Charcoal briquettes I get 1 hr per lb (approx), so 12 hr burn = 12 lbs briqs. With lump, I use about 8-10 lbs.
     
  6. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My drum must be more fuel efficient....

    10 lbs of charcoal will last me 16 hrs easy, usually with some left over! [​IMG]
     
  7. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've seen your drum in action. Its smaller than mine. 43 1/2 inches tall, 23 1/2 inch diameter.
     
  8. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    My charcoal basket is 17" diameter by 7" high. I fill it with 8 lbs. of lump and I get 14 - 16 hours easy out of that. As bubba said, just a little kick about every 4 or so hours to shake things loose, but even so there are times I forget and never have a problem.
     

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