Temp not coming up

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Smoke Blower
Original poster
Feb 13, 2011
Tigerton, Wisconsin
Hi all. I have just recently completed my mini UDS build (will post pics when I transfer from phone as they will not post from there for some reason).

Any way, I built it from a 15 gallon barrel(no liner, no need to do an extensive burn), lid and grate from a small char-griller grill I had at home and for the charcoal basket, I used a grill wok that I put bolts through to give a 2" lift off the bottom.

The trouble I am having is that I cannot get the temp over 190*. The ball vale is a 1/2'" diameter and I am thinking I may need to either put on another or replace with a larger one.

Any help is appreciated
You just don't have enough air inlet...easy fix You need at least three 3/4 inch but i would go 4. It's always better having more than less.

Three 3/4 inch nipples with caps and one 3/4 ball valve.    You could even go to 1" on the nipples too....like i said you can always close off what you don't need.  It's nice having more to get it hot quick and cook high heat poultry. 
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