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BluDawg
09-06-2009, 02:06 AM
As I have said in the past I love my Weber kettle. My CG is a great pit for the money and with a few mods it dose a fairly good job, but it won't let me sleep through the night. Got to feed it every few hrs. or the temp starts to drop. Always looking to improve on perfection and laying plans for an up coming UDS build I got an idea :silly:that I had to try. An inside out coal basket for my kettle. I cut a piece of expanded metal 4" X 45" and bolted it together to make a 15" circle. I placed it on the coal grate and filled the space between it and the kettle with a mix of lump and bricks and chunks of pecan.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/Pictures001.jpg

I lit enough small pieces of lump to cover the floor of my chimney and added it to one end. Hating to waste a good fire I decided to cook the 10 lb butt that I had ready originally destined for the CG.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/Pictures002.jpg


Temp 15 min after lighting was at 213 and climbing, I closed down the air to 1/3 open and loaded the Butt She settled out at 250 it drifted about 3 deg up and down.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/Pictures005.jpg

Got to love that TBS. After 4 1/2 hrs I had to look Much to my surprise the fire had only burnt about 6".The proof is in the position of the handle on the right as compared to the first pic.

http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/Pictures007.jpg
12 hrs internal temp at 204 ready to foil and into the cooler.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/Pictures009.jpg
I think I just might fall in love all over again, This thing is a BBQ Machine.:cowboy:

PigCicles
09-06-2009, 04:47 AM
Awesome idea BluDawg! Weber fans all across the nation will be tickled to run 12 hrs on one shot of fuel.

Great pics too. Thanks for sharing your idea with us! :thumbs up:

tomshoots
09-06-2009, 08:32 AM
:wow: That's amazing!:thumbs up::kewlpics:

TX Sandman
09-06-2009, 10:13 AM
:wow: That is an awesome idea! I love my kettle, but it does get old adding coal. Usually I've done it with coal on one side and the meat over a foil pan. I'll have to try this the next time I have a smoke session.

My usual smoking set-up in the kettle. Great results, but a small fuel load.
http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/3720/dsc01135eo2.jpg

BluDawg
09-06-2009, 12:01 PM
:wow: That is an awesome idea! I love my kettle, but it does get old adding coal. Usually I've done it with coal on one side and the meat over a foil pan. I'll have to try this the next time I have a smoke session.

My usual smoking set-up in the kettle. Great results, but a small fuel load.
http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/3720/dsc01135eo2.jpg

That is the classic set up and I use it too only slightly modified and I can get 4 hrs running at 230 on one load of about 25 bricks an a couple of chunks of wood and still have coal left over.
I use a piece of expanded 5"wide with the profile of the radius of the coal grate so it fits up tight to the o/s of the kettle and a 1 1/2" X 10"L piece of angle with a 10"x 4" angle bolted to the flatside with the point up (inverted "V")so it will sit and lock into the coal grate (think fence). The expanded on the coal grate makes the holes smaller allowing a longer burn time on less fuel then I cover the remainder of the coal grate with HDAF that forces all the air to the fire Making it extremely controllable. I light it with the minion method.:cowboy:
:thumbs up:And thanks to you the legs now stay on:wings:

californiasmokin
09-06-2009, 10:34 PM
Very Cool Dawg!

12 hours is fenomenal!!!!

Thanks for the post!

Joneser
09-08-2009, 07:49 AM
Kinda like the Minion Method for kettles....I like that, very innovative.

Chargrilled
09-08-2009, 11:16 AM
Kinda like the Minion Method for kettles....I like that, very innovative.
:whathesaid: Good thinkin!!! Will have to enlighten some of my kettel buddies!!!:sign0092:

Was wonderin if you would be in trouble cookin ribs or longer pieces of meat as they would stick out?? I guess you could always rotate them around to where the fire isnt:shrug:

BluDawg
09-08-2009, 11:46 AM
:whathesaid: Good thinkin!!! Will have to enlighten some of my kettel buddies!!!:sign0092:

Was wonderin if you would be in trouble cookin ribs or longer pieces of meat as they would stick out?? I guess you could always rotate them around to where the fire isnt:shrug:

Ribs don't go that long. Mine are normally done in 5-6 hrs at the most. Check out my answer to TxSandman above.If you want to get spendy buy a 2nd coal grate and lay it at 90 deg to the 1 st to make the holes smaller so the coal burns longer before dropping into the ashes.

BluDawg
09-09-2009, 03:48 PM
I supose if you wanted to you could rotate the cooking grate but the fire is really small. I did reorient the exust when I peeked at 4 1/2 hr mark.

Hell Fire Grill
09-16-2009, 10:38 PM
Why didnt I think of that.

BluDawg
09-17-2009, 12:36 AM
It helps to be dislexic sometimes:lightbulb:

Hell Fire Grill
09-19-2009, 07:25 PM
Bludawg
Do you have any trouble getting the charcoal to burn where its laying against the inside of the kettle?

BluDawg
09-19-2009, 10:50 PM
I had maybe about 10 pieces the size of a Tater tot in the ashes and it was all lump, the briquetts burned completly. They where the low quality wally world brand.

californiasmokin
08-29-2013, 11:05 PM
Dawg,You still have the pictures for this thread?

BluDawg
08-30-2013, 04:28 PM
No but I have some like them Just for you amigo
The set up
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/Weber/Pictures001.jpg
13 lb butt
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/DSCN0717.jpg
6 hrs in
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/DSCN0719.jpg
13 hrs in and done. (if you look at the top left corner of the butt there is a wisp of smoke that is where the fire is) there is still enough unburnt lump to go 3-4 more hrs.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/DSCN0722.jpg

californiasmokin
08-20-2017, 06:25 PM
Why do the pictures disappear?I checked my photobucket account and my pictures are still there but no longer show up in my thread. I wonder if this is the case here? Tons of great threads with no pictures!