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How big should the charcoal basket be for a standard 55 gallon drum,

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Ok So I am working on the last piece of the puzzle that is the UDS my charcoal basket. What size should it be?  I want to build it round, so I am looking for those measurements.  I have a 13.5 inch round charcoal grate that I will be mating expanded metal to.  but wrapping the expanded metal around that 13.5 grate makes the basket look way to big. 

so what dimensions is your basket? 

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I have a 13.5 grat also and I just fit the expanded metal around it.  Looks big but does a great job.  I have it 9 inches high and used 3 inch bolts as legs to raise it off the bottom.  I can use as much or as little fuel as needed for the smoke.  Fully loaded it can run 24 hours at 225-250 degrees.  I have seen some posts where people build a smaller basket too and use it when they only have a need for a short run.  I just use my larger basket all the time and fill to fit the task at hand.

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how much charcoal do you normally use?  for say ribs, brisket, and shoulder?

 

and thanks, this is excatly what I am looking for.....keep it comming!!!

 

 

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I do not always measure or weigh the fuel first and in fact I always seem to start with some fuel in the basket from the last smoke.  My UDS is very efficient.  If I were to guess I might think that I have to use 8-10 pounds of lump charcole for a smoke of 12-14 hours, butts and brisket.  I would likely have some left after the meat is done.  For chicken cooking at 275-300 degrees it only takes about 1.5-2 hours if they are spatchcocked so I use only a couple of pounds.  As a general rule I will have no more than 1/2 of the basket fulled with charcole at any one time unless I know I am going to go for a long time.  Then I might put in a bit more just in case.  Once I close the lid I do not open it until things hit the right temp.  Hope this helps.

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My basket also uses a 13.5" grate, 10" high.  I usually load a whole bag of Stubbs natural briquettes, 15 lbs worth, and that gives me 3 regular smoking sessions without having to reload.  I just shake the basket while in the drum to clear ashes and it's ready to go.

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