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BBQ guru on a UDS - Dale - 12-10-2013 10:07 PM

Has anyone used a guru on a UDS? Looking at a Christmas present for myself, and want to know if they are worth the cash.


BBQ guru on a UDS - Curtis Nations - 12-11-2013 01:07 AM

Do you have trouble keeping temp on your drum?


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - SoEzzy - 12-11-2013 01:43 AM

(12-10-2013 10:07 PM)Dale Wrote:  Looking at a Christmas present for myself, and want to know if they are worth the cash.

The guru or the UDS?

They are both worth it, but if you are running your UDS correctly then you don't need a guru on it, and if you do need a guru on it, it's probably not running right, or not going to run any righter with a guru on it.

Just my opinions! Wink


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - Dutchovendude - 12-11-2013 10:09 AM

I have never used a Guru on a drum or had any problems keeping a steady temp on one.


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - Dale - 12-11-2013 10:55 AM

I have a drum that I love, but my constancy is hit and miss. Sounds like I'm doing something wrong. I will fill my basket with unlit charcoal and a few chunks of wood then dump 10 to 12 lit charcoals on top with all four of my bottom vents open. As I approach 200 I close two vents, at 210 I close one vent and use the ball valve to dial in 225 of around there. I close the valve before taking the top off, and leave it closed for about ten min after putting the lid back on. It dose ok for the most part just thought it would be nice for over night cooks and I could get more sleep? Any advice on improvements I could make would be appreciated. I am getting some fire place rope to make a tighter seal on the lid.


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - SoEzzy - 12-11-2013 12:04 PM

You might be a little low aiming for 225°, at some point run the pit as you have been, but allow it to run on one vent or valve fully open, 3/4 open and 1/2 open. To be able to see where the range is for your pit.

You will probably find it stable between 250 and 265° on a single vent (fully open), as long as you make sure the lid is tightly seated.

With a full charcoal basket, you will get anything from 12 - 18 hours of cooking time on a 55 gallon UDS, on a larger UDS you'll get about 1/3rd less time.


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - Dale - 12-11-2013 02:12 PM

Thanks I will try that this weekend after I seal the lid better. Just let the thing run without messing around with it. Another questioning my UDS, how often and how to I clean it. I noticed the lid and the sides getting flaky build up on it That I don't want on my food.
Thanks for all the help guys!!


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - SoEzzy - 12-11-2013 02:36 PM

Each of my UDS's has one position that the lid fits just right, and 349° of the circle where it doesn't fit just right!

Hit the lid and the sides with a weed burner, then go after the flakes with a paint scrapper or a wire wheel, I do that every 3rd or 4th cook.


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - bbqpitstop - 12-11-2013 02:55 PM

I've LOVED using BBQ Guru's on everything pit I've used them on. I used them on Big Green Eggs, Assassin gravity feed smokers, and Off Set Smokers. They're Magic! They maintain temperature better than anything I've used. On my Eggs and Gravity feed they'll maintain temperature to within 1 or 2 degrees!


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - Smokin Flyers - 12-11-2013 03:13 PM

I let my UDS run about 325-350


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - Razcals Ribs - 12-12-2013 11:09 PM

I've used a PartyQ on my UDs and it has been steady temps. I bought it at BBQ PitStop


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - Dale - 12-23-2013 02:12 PM

(12-11-2013 02:36 PM)SoEzzy Wrote:  Each of my UDS's has one position that the lid fits just right, and 349° of the circle where it doesn't fit just right!

Hit the lid and the sides with a weed burner, then go after the flakes with a paint scrapper or a wire wheel, I do that every 3rd or 4th cook.

Cleaned my UDS like you said, do I need to reseason it. Cooked some monik balls Sunday and they had funky bitter taste to them. My smoker also fell below 200 for the first while because my grate was cold from stiting outside. Don't know if that might have been my problem. Hate to waste moink balls.


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - SoEzzy - 12-23-2013 07:15 PM

The funky taste is probably the below 200 drop, anytime your fuel and smoke wood smolders you stand a good chance of a bad taste.

I allow 30 - 40 minutes to get the pit temperature stabilized, before I put the meat on!


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - Dale - 12-24-2013 07:18 AM

SoEzzy thanks for all the help. Smoked bacon last nigh, temp held great with new gasket in the lid. Best of all the funky taste is gone!!! Thanks again for all your help I might get the hang of this sooner or later. I really appreciate it.


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - SoEzzy - 12-24-2013 09:14 AM

You're very welcome, even on contests that you don't cook next season, (and I hope there will be few that you don't cook), come out on Friday evening, hang, ask questions, there's some good looking Bacon just in time for Xmas! Wink


RE: BBQ guru on a UDS - Dale - 02-05-2014 10:00 PM

I'm getting this drum figured out. Two weekends ago I smoked a pork but and my temps stayed within 30 degrees for eleven hours. Last weekend I smoked three racks of ribs, just like Steve at the pit stop taught me, and the temps stayed constant. The problem I am having now is when I first put the meat on after letting my drum come to temp and settle in for around 45 min, the temp drops and it takes me 30 to 45 min to get it back in the 240 range. Is there a trick to keeping the temps constant when putting the meat on? I even let the meat sit out while my drum temps level out. Would it help to put more holes in the top of my lid, I only have the 2" stack now?