My UDS great story.

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by ecto1, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    This is a short but good story.  Yesterday I loaded my charcoal basket with Kingsford blue.  I started it using the Minion method and smoked a bird for about 5 hours.  in all the excitement about my first bird i forgot to close the vents.  Today I look outside and I see it is still smoking 30 hours later.  I have a big basket and the temps had fallen to 200° but wow.  That is a lot of smoke for a basket of charcoal.  It was a 20 pound bag i used it all because I had never used Kingsford before i had always used lump so I had no idea how long it would last. We had rain and a cold front come in last night on top of that so we were near freezing temps last night.
     
  2. que-ball

    que-ball Smoking Fanatic

    Good story.  I can't wait to build my UDS.  I think I finally found a good barrel, but with no garage, optimistic high temps of 20*F, and already 10" snow on the ground, it may have to wait until spring. 
     
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's the great thing about a UDS they run forever. I love mine.
     
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    30 hours & still at 200˚ !!

    Wow!

    Most of you UDS owners make it look entirely too easy!

    good story,

    Bear
     
  5. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I was only smoking at about 230° and it was a little under 200° but i still blew me away.
     
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bear when are you going to get wise and build one???? hahahaha [​IMG]
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    LOL---At this stage, I'll stick to my MES 40 cheater.

    You guys that can do what you do with those barrels are my heroes, but there is no way I would even attempt to try it myself.

    Bear
     
  8. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Gotta luv the drum!  They are great and will seemingly burn forever.

    That Kingsford blue burns real well.  My longest smoke yet in the UDS was 18 hours, loaded up 10 lbs of blue and still had at least 4 lbs left after 18 hours!  

    I can't find any good lump locally so that's all I've used is the blue.  I like the added flavors the UDS adds that just can't be replicated with my gasser.  
     
  9. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My drums like the kingsford lump best of all. Very little ash and good long burn times.

    I did have trouble trying to get to 325° temps were 33° and wind out of the west. I was only able to get 250°. For turkeys I may have to add another pipe nipple and cap.

    Ran them both from 9:00 this morning till 4:30 this afternoon, and may have used 3 to 4 lbs if that.

    Gotta love ummmm.
     
  10. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Coming from a guy who carves wood with a chainsaw[​IMG]

    Me, even though I have three UDS's right now, I'm looking forward to getting an MES eventually. I'm impressed with that temp control you seem to have with some of your recipes. I could never do that with my drums or my offset.
     
  11. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Yup there a jewel of a smoker. I love my 55 gallon charcoal and my 30 gallon watt burner. [​IMG]

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  12. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Bear I'm impressed with my watt burner myself. I say just learn your smoker whatever brand you have. Experiment as much as possible. [​IMG]
     
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---Yeah, the 10˚ rise every half hour thing. I guess that's hard to do with a UDS, but I wouldn't put it past some of these guys.

    Some of them seem to be able to make their UDS do everything but talk, & I even hesitate to say that.  [​IMG]

    Bear
     

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