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Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 11:04 am
by urbangriller
weberotgnewbie wrote:Hi all,

Given I'm relatively new to this game, I'm planning my first snake this weekend (lamb shoulder), and was just wondering how I should aim to manage the temps given I'll be relying on the inbuilt gauge in the Weber (I plan on getting one of those little nifty Mavericks later down the track!)

What hood temp would you recommend maintaining?

Thanks heaps!
If you use the three bead snake, your OTG will run at between 100C and 110C....Perfect!

Cheers
Chris

Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 11:16 am
by weberotgnewbie
Thanks Chris. Will use your advice, and run it with vents open for the first couple of runs!

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 11:30 am
by chriso
I go for anywhere between 100 and 120c. I find the snake with a water pan, top vent fully open, bottom open a crack will get me that temp - nearly set and forget.

The only thing that catches me out is the massive amount of ash the beads make clogging up the vents and starving the fire.

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Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 12:45 pm
by urbangriller
chriso wrote:I go for anywhere between 100 and 120c. I find the snake with a water pan, top vent fully open, bottom open a crack will get me that temp - nearly set and forget.

The only thing that catches me out is the massive amount of ash the beads make clogging up the vents and starving the fire.
Get a bit creative with a BBQ drip tray.

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Cheers
Chris

Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 1:59 pm
by chriso
urbangriller wrote:
Get a bit creative with a BBQ drip tray.
It now seems so obvious! Will definitely do this next time, my overnight cooks seem to always die at about 6am due to ash buildup.

Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 3:38 pm
by urbangriller
Another variation from the Bretheren;

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Chris

The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 7:12 pm
by weberotgnewbie
Thanks for the advice gents. Put on a lamb shoulder this morning at 7, pulled it off at five, rested and just pulled - looks and tastes great!

Snake worked a treat, and was almost set-and-forget. Appreciate all the advice!ImageImageImageImage


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The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 10:23 pm
by Nath
Well done.

Are you lighting your chimney over polished concrete?




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The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:47 am
by weberotgnewbie
Nope. The photo makes the outside concrete look a lot nicer than it actually is!


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The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:06 am
by Nath
Fair call, just a warning a chimney full of beads/charcoal can leave a mess underneath!


Nath

Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:14 am
by urbangriller
Good stuff Newbie, that looks great!

That won't be your last snake!

Cheers
Chris

Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:33 pm
by Hogsy
urbangriller wrote:Another variation from the Bretheren;

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Chris
That's the ash catcher out of a Happy Cooker kettle, I've been searching for one for ages
Apparently they work great and stop the ash clogging up the vents

Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:26 pm
by chrisg
:)

Going to try a snake soon, seeing that reminded me I have some old hub caps in the shed, real ones not the plastic rubbish, that were off an old Holden. (Not mine, mate was wrecking it, they seemed about the least deteriorated piece :) )

Just checked, looks like could act as a reasonable ash catcher with a bit of work :)

Cheers

Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:26 pm
by urbangriller
Hogsy wrote:
urbangriller wrote:Another variation from the Bretheren;

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Chris
That's the ash catcher out of a Happy Cooker kettle, I've been searching for one for ages
Apparently they work great and stop the ash clogging up the vents
Just ;ooling at that, I'm thinking Pizza tray!

Chris

Re: The Snake Method (thanks Kevin)

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:07 pm
by O2zi3
this thread is really old but i want to chime in

heat beads are pregnated with an accelerant to burn....its why u are supposed to leave them a while before cooking on them. I would not recommend this method with the branded heat beads unless u want to contaminate your food....lump charcoal go for your life