Ok, I'm seasoning my new UDS, I have the dial thermometer mounted just under the upper rack. I also used a digital thermometer putting the probe through some holes on either side of the lid, the holes were from some sort of rack in the old uni-flame kettle grill.
Any way, the temp seems to be pretty stable except when I'm playing around opening and closing the pipes and the ball valve.
However, the dial therm. was reading 180, and the digital would read 236 on one side, 190 on the other and when I dropped the probe down the middle of the vent on top it would read 150 or so. Why am I getting all these different temps??????
I checked the coals and they seemed to be burning more on one side than the other, but when I closed a pipe and opened one on the other side of the drum it didn't seem to make any difference. There was a slight breeze early on and it is pretty calm now. (I used the minnion method to start my coals, I think I did about right because the temp went right up and held without going too high or dropping unless I was messing with the intakes).
Since I am using a water pan, is the average nominal temperature probably around 220 ish?
The last time I was out, I pulled off some country style ribs that cooked ok, and left the probe in a fattie and it is gradually working upwards now it is at 133. I'll know in another hr or so if they are going to get to 160 before I pull them off.