Would appreciate any experience with the use of baffle plates in an UDS. Tried it for the first time without any success at the weekend.
Last week I bought a piece of 5mm steel, rounded it off and drilled a few holes with the intention of using it as a baffle.
Got the smoker up and running, stuck the plate in, it was almost touching the sides and kicked back to let it get up to temperature. After an hour and a half I was only getting a read out of about 212f so went outside for a look and nearly melted my legs off. The bottom third, roughly up to the level of the baffle was incredibly hot so opened the lid and out just see glowing red coals through the holes.
Very carefully, and somewhat miraculously I managed to get the plate out without burning myself and closed the lid over, abandoning the use of a baffle for this cook.
When I checked the temperature just after I was at 475f at the grate so would never have lasted through the night as intended.
I let things cool down, proceeded with the cook as planned and can’t say I was disappointed with the results. I would however like to try a cook with a baffle to see the difference for myself.
I’m partly thinking the sheet was too thick at 5mm and there might not have been enough holes in it but would welcome any input.