UDS with stick wood??

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by graybeard, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have about 3/4 of a cord of mixed woods and that's what I use in my SFB's. If I build a UDS how will my stick wood burn? I have a feeling that the drum is a natural for charcoal or lump. BUTT, I guess I'm just a stick man at heart.
  2. smokin' dick

    smokin' dick Smoking Fanatic

    You can certainly give it a try with all wood. The consensus will most likely be that the airflow in a drum is too low for good combustion of wood, but what the hell do we know? My guess is that charcoal works well in a drum because a lot of the volatile compounds have been burnt off in the manufacturing process, raw wood will not have this advantage and will produce a LOT of white smoke as it smolders.
  3. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    yep, I'm thinking the same thing ****. Plus the sticks will be maybe 3 times the volume of charcoal.

  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said. [​IMG]

  5. badfrog

    badfrog Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I had several partly burned pieces of hickory that started out as 14-16" split logs left over from a cook in the pitmaster. I loaded 3 of them right on top of my charcoal load for the UDS...they were gone after the cook!!! It seemed to work good. The other thing I did was to cut up several 2" hickory "sticks" into 3-4" chunks and mixed that in with the charcoal; they burned up with the charcoal as well. I plan to keep experimenting to see what the maximum ration of stick to charcoal is that will still burn efficiently.
    I do have to say that the mix of 10lbs of Kingsford with maybe 10 pieces of the 2" hickory worked pefectly...ran for 12 hrs, nice hickory flavor, and the temp locked on and never varied more than a few degrees... as Ron Popiel would say, "set it and forget it"!!!!
  6. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've used wood in mine too for shorter cooks. I can't get an 8 or 10 hr burn, but for shorter smokes wood works fine.
    I have a hot coal rack in the bottom of my drum and just set the wood right on the rack, light it and let it burn down to hot coals before putting my flavor woods on top and the food in.
  7. dburgette

    dburgette Fire Starter

    Just a curious question,

    Do you all put your wood at the top of the coals only? I have mixed mine in the past and wasn't sure on the overall census.

    Also, has anyone tried, or maybe already do, using a large split piece of wood rather than smaller quarter size pieces of wood? Just wondering which would be the best way to get the longest smoke with the wood.
  8. dburgette

    dburgette Fire Starter

  9. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I Mix mine thru-out, and toss a big chunk on top
  10. badfrog

    badfrog Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I mix 2" long 1-2" diameter hickory chunks in with the charcoal and if I have a partially burnt split log from another smoker, I will set that right on top... works great!

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