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Hi everyone, My name is Rich. Im new here and new to smoking. I live up in Massachusetts. I built myself a nice UDS and have smoked chicken and brisket on it. The thing works great, I absolutely love it. But like a newb I was lighting my entire charcoal basket on fire and then trying to figure out why I couldn't control my temp. Then I read a thread on here about how you only light about a dozen or so coals and dump them into your basket. Is this the way, it seems more logical. Any tips for a new UDS man would be

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Howdy again Rich and welcome again. you are referring to the Minion Method of starting your fire. Like you have read. I fill my basket with charcoal or lump with my wood chunks spread out. I then remove about a half of a chimney starter worth of fuel. Light it good and white, and replace said fuel from where I removed it in the basket. This way it will slowly light the other coals around it when the old coals ash out... producing a nice slow burn for some long hauls....
Hope this makes since.
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welcome1.gif neighbor! Good to have you here. Lots of great cooks here and everyone likes to help.
Good luck . grilling_smilie.gif
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Pics please!
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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

You gotta love the way a uds cooks. Post some pics of yours in the UDS section.

Happy smoken.


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Welcome to the forums, Rich!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask when you need anything, and someone here will surely have the answer.



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It does, thanks a bunch, Makes total sense

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Hi Rich! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

We have an ”Articles” section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

You might want to check out ”Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course”, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!

I haven't seen any posts of yours being held for moderation so maybe you didn't post the pics correctly, this should help:
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