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thermometer in my UDS

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by flyweed, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. flyweed

    flyweed Smoking Fanatic

    guys just a couple quick questions.

    1.  Where do I install the thermometer in my UDS?  at grate level....I know..but just above the grate, or just below the grate??

    2.  after I got my fire basket built and set in my uds, I installed my cooking rack, and the top of the cooking rack is 22.5" from the grate in the fire basket....should I lower the fire basket so I have 24" between them..or is this "close enough"  will it make a big difference?

    Thanks for any help

  2. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I installed mine just under the cooking grate.
  3. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    yes below, above would be in the way if you use a 12" one
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  4. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Dan, how high is the grate of your fire basket from the bottom of the barrel?  I started out at 2" and raised mine to 3" off the bottom.  Everything I've seen calls for 24" between the fire basket grate and the first cooking grate.  After adjusting my fire basket to 3" my food grate ended up at 23 1/4".  My first 2 smokes I noticed the butt stuck to the grate.  I'm going to leave that set of bolts in place and add another set to raise my food grate to about 25".  I may even go to 26".  I'm thinking at 23 1/4" it was to hot and caused the butts to burn and stick on the bottom.  Having said all that, I'm thinking being at 22 1/2" is going to be a little to close to the fire.  Figure when you add approximately 6" of coals, your going to be pretty close to the fire.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I have 2 therms on my drum. One on the wall half way up and one on the lid in the middle. Both have  a short probe maybe 1" . I use these for drum temp observation only. I have a couple of other wireless therms to monitor the prize itself, between all of them it works out perty good.[​IMG]
  6. lugnutz

    lugnutz Smoking Fanatic

    where do you find a 12" ??
  7. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Lugnutz, if you have a local Home Depot they normally stock them with the turkey fryers.
  8. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    i got some at walmart by the grill tools but they dont seem to carry them all year long. 5$ each
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  9. flyweed

    flyweed Smoking Fanatic

    Dean....my coal grate is 3.5" off the bottom of the barrel..I have 1 inch standoffs that hold the ash tray..and then welded to the ash tray I have 4 bolts...they hold up the firebasket..and there is 2.5 inches between the top of the ash tray and coal grate....I can easily grind the ash tray standoffs down to hit closer to 24 inches if I Need to.