First Smoke.

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by sontavas, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Greetings,

    Well I finally got my UDS built and had my inaugural smoke this weekend.  I posted a whole write-up in the pork grilling section but it’s still waiting for moderation..  Anyhow, I built a UDS with a big papa smoker kit.  It performed great and I had no problems maintaining a steady smoking temperatures. 

    I did however run out of fuel about 8 hours into the smoke.  I used a FULL basket of lump charcoal with apple wood chunks and I used a half of a chimney of charcoal to start it using the minion method.  It looks like most others in here are able to get 12-14 hours out of one basket, is it something that I could be doing wrong?  It’s not the end of the world, just kind of a hassle to take everything out in order to refuel the basket.  Does anyone know of any mods that I could use to add some sort of trap door so that I can add fuel more efficiently? 

  2. Glad to here your UDS is working for you. I'd say your charcoal basket may just be to small. Not sure what temp you were holding. I have got more than 15 hours on 3/4 basket and still had caol left at the end. However i do have a large basket. You might try bricketts next time and see how that works for you.

    Post some pics of your UDS when you get a chance.

    Happy smoken.


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