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UDS - How do you load your basket?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24 17 8:51 am    Post subject: UDS - How do you load your basket? Reply with quote

How do you load your basket? I'm not happy with lump in basket and large chunks of wood on top. Doesn't have the same taste as my off-set. How should I be loading the basket? Should I be doing some type of layering?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26 17 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cover the bottom with lump or charcoal then add 4 or 5 chunks spaced out then more lump or charcoal then bird nest the center and add one chunk there. Once my starter coals are ready I dump them on top the chunk in the bird nest.
On a side not the drum is never going to taste the same as your offset. If you are not using a diffuser you could try one to keep the drippings out of your coals. It will be a bit closer to say a reverse flow taste.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26 17 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks k.a.m. What do you mean by "birds nest"

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26 17 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sgt. Stel wrote:
Thanks k.a.m. What do you mean by "birds nest"

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In the center of your basket once it is loaded take some of the lump out of the center to create a bird nest of sort. It will allow you to place a chunk of wood in the nest and then place your lit coals on top.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26 17 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kam

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26 17 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to help. Very Happy Keep us posted on your progress. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 11 17 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still learning to cook on my UDS but I started adding some small splits along with chunks to get better results but still not like my stick burner
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PostPosted: Fri May 12 17 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As it's already been said...it'll never taste like a stick burner. It's not supposed to...it's a different way to cook.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12 17 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I whole heartedly bow to the master....k.a.m. but, Rolling Eyes I deadended my basket so that it burns in 1 direction...I too, mix the levels...find it keeps heat even and burns for hours untouched...just my 2, not even copper cents, worth...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13 17 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GreenSmoker wrote:
I whole heartedly bow to the master....k.a.m. but, Rolling Eyes I deadended my basket so that it burns in 1 direction...I too, mix the levels...find it keeps heat even and burns for hours untouched...just my 2, not even copper cents, worth...

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