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I have built my first UDS using tips from several dif plans on the internet. I think it came out really well, did a test cook last week and did a pork loin, was just trying to figure out how it ran before doing a big cook this weekend. It ran fine so the real test was this weekend when I fired it up friday morning to cook some port butts. I have two racks in it and use the lid off my weber kettle. I put about half of a bag of charcoal, about 9 pounds in the basket with some apricot chunks, I arranged the charcoal so I had like a little nest in the middle and thats where I put 15 lit coals. I let it come up temp wise and started closing vents, after about 30 mins I had it locked in and cruising at 235. I put my butts in and started cooking. At about 7 hrs the butts were ready to wrap in foil so that opened up the top rack and I put on some ribs. Butts were done after 9 hours. Ribs took another two hours. When they were done I had to put out the charcoal. The cooker ran all day cruising at 235 and never put in another brick of charcoal. I am super impressed!!!! I will try to load a couple of pics when I get home.
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