UDS question

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jhtitan, May 20, 2015.

  1. jhtitan

    jhtitan Newbie

    I recently built my first UDS and I used the drum top as the lid.

    Is it normal to have a possible hot spot where the large bung opening is? Seems I had one pork chop totally dry up but the rest were perfect. The one I believe was near the bung.

    Do I need to lower my rack a bit? I am looking for a Weber lid to replace the drum lid, will that help?


  2. Jon

    I can't say as I use a kettle lid. Could you post a pic of your UDS?

    Happy smoken.

  3. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Temp can be 50 degrees different from one side to the other side of the drum. To fix that I put pizza pan right above the coals..now it stays about the same across the grate
  4. jhtitan

    jhtitan Newbie

    Jrod62 this is my UDS as it sits right now. I was getting it up to temp at the time of this pic.

    Thanks David, I was planning on adding a rack or something to add a heat diffuser soon. I will make that the next add in now. That may be all I need to do.

    My rack is about 7" down. I am wanting to add a set of adjustable shelf brackets but I haven't been able to find what I want yet. I may go ahead and just add another set of mounts a couple inches down so I can lower everything as needed.

    Thanks for the replys

  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Agree with jrod about the holy diffuser....at least mine is holy 1/2 to 3/4 "

     I prefer the exhausts that are more centrally located on the lid.  The bung hole will work but it does pull all of the heat to that one point... I could understand you getting a hot spot there. 

    You could plug up the bung and put in something different, maybe spreading it around. 

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