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Old 04-11-2010, 04:55 PM   #1
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First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

Ok guys, so i had my first cook on the uds, really my firstsmoke ever and i have some questions for you all.

1. The food came out tasting ok, maybe just a little smokey. But a couple hours later i was burping up a terrible smokey flavor. Is this from the food, or from standing next to the smoker inhaling the smoke for 5 hours?

2. When taking the ash pan out after the cook i accidentaly hti one of my grate supports and nocked ash all over. Most went to the bottom but some got on the upper walls of the drum. I blew as much off as i can, but some remails stuck to the oil. Is this ok or do i have to get it all out?

3. The day after its use the inside of the drum smells kinda nasty. Im guessing this is to be expected? Smells really strong of smoke of course, but you can smell alot of ash as well. Is this normal? How often do you have to clean these things and how do you go about it?

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Old 04-11-2010, 05:06 PM   #2
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Re: First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

1. Probably food. Why were you standing beside it? Smoke is a solid, so don't get it into your lungs.

2. I would take a brush to it when she cools down. Shop-Vac handy?

3. It's a smoker. What are you using for fuel? Lump charcoal is better than briquettes.
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:13 PM   #3
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Re: First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

1. It was my first time using the smoker, i spent most of my time hanging out next to it, drinking beers, and getting used to how making vent adjustments regulated temperatures.

2. Take a brush to it? Do i need to completely clean off all the oil that i just got done seasoning onto the drum?

3. I used stubbs.
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Re: First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

1. Yep I hear ya. Next time stand upwind. Get some feedback on the temperatures.

2. Inside. Light brush. After vacuuming, maybe an air hose?

3. I'm not familiar with stubbs. I would see what's in it. Usually briquettes are filled with filler stuff. Lump charcoal is excellent stuff. What you want.
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Re: First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

What did you cook?
How big?
How much fuel?
How did you light it?
What kinda wood did you use, and how much?
What were your vents set at?
What color was the smoke?


The ash on the sides is fine...
Yeah pits smell... but shouldn't REEK. When the sun hits them you should be thinking...Mmmm who's BBQ'ing?
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:51 PM   #6
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Re: First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

cooked a fatty, some single ribs that my dad had on hand(not really sure what the heck they were), some chicken, baked potatoes, and some beans.

Probally started with about 11-12 pounds of stubbs briquettes. With 2.5 hours seasoning time, and 2.5 hours cook time + an hour to cool off completely i had about 1/3 of the fuel remaining.

Lighten minion style

Used hickory from Lowes. I think about 3-4 chunks were in there, but only 2 got burn durring cooking.

Top vent wide open, bottom vent used to regulate temp. Seasoning and most of the cooking at 250. Raised to 350 at the end to finish off the chicken drumsticks.

Smoke seemed to be white. A little hard to tell as winds were high yesterday, 15-20mph, but i did have the vent facing away from it.

In this pic there is not much smoke, but at times there was a good deal flowing from the stack.


too much smoke?
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Re: First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

Too much smoke? Hell no. I'll be posting a video soon of my smoke. I could barely see the pork on the top shelf of the WSM.
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Re: First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

Quite a few gizmos on the outside of that drum
I'm diggin' that bottle opener. It is a bottle opener right?
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Yep, bottle opener. 3 ear cleaners too.
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:03 PM   #10
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Re: First smoke on UDS.... some questions.

Im wondering if maybe my exhaust vent isnt big enough.
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