Access Door on a UDS?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by travcoman45, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Anybody ever cut an access door in yer UDS? Just wondered ifin it would make reloadin the basket easier? Just thinkin, usually gets me in trouble though!
  2. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    If you make a charcoal basket with a handle on it, it's easy to access. Cutting an access door would cause air leak issues and it would be hard to control the heat unless you could seal those door seams. The whole point for a UDS is to cook low and slow and control your heat. Too much air uncontrolled turns it into a grill instead of a smoker.
  3. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Trav, its my understanding these things will cook for 12-20 hours with coal to burn. Not sure how they put additional wood chunks in though. Great question.
  4. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    8 lbs of charcoal and 3 fist sized chunks will go 16 hrs!
    No need for a door. [​IMG]

    I have a basket that will hold more but never have needed it yet, drum also seems to cook faster!
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Okie dokie, like I said, was just thinkin. Ifin it goes 16 hours that should cover most everthin. Thanks yall.
  6. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    tip.........maybe smokebuzz will be along..........he put one in his last uds
  7. johnnyreb

    johnnyreb Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    i got a 12 hour cook and a 7 hour cook out of one bag of the buy one get one free kingsford bags that are 15 lbs!!!

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