prevent drippings to catch on fire?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by timmy7649, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. timmy7649

    timmy7649 Fire Starter

    so im building a large vertical smoker that will have 4 racks in it. so basically i'm taking the idea of a uds and putting it into a old refridgerator. so how do i keep the drippings from catching on fire? it will have a heat difuser plate with a bunch of holes in it. will that be enough? i thought about a pan but i tried that years ago in a propane bbq( when i did not know better now it is coal or nothing) and that caught on fire. i really dont want a blazing refer in my back yard. i want to do it safe. thanks for the future help. ps uds rocks.
  2. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How about a water pan? Moderates the heat and catches some of the drippings.
  3. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My UDS has never started on fire. No water pan, no diffuser....nothing. But if you are worried just add a water pan above the charcoal basket, it will take more fuel with that extra thing in the smoker.
  4. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Use a water pan and no worries. [​IMG]
  5. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said. [​IMG] If the air is tightly controlled, there won't be enough oxygen to support a flare up. If excess air is a problem, you could just put some foil under the bottom rack to catch drippings.

  6. timmy7649

    timmy7649 Fire Starter

    nice thanks guy's.

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