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First time trying lump charcoal

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    First time trying lump charcoal

    For longer cooks, do you use lump the same as you would briquettes in say a minion style by placing hot coals on top of unlit lump coals? Or, do you just light a chimney full and add to it as you go?

    #2
    I do "add as you go". But to be honest, I have only needed to add a couple of times in the last 18 years because I use a large BGE, and it easily lasts over 15 hours.

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    • tstalafuse
      tstalafuse commented
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      I am using an offset for this cook, so I wasn't counting on it being like a BGE (or Acorn in my case)..

    #3
    I have done both, but the minion method works good for long cooks.
    . Just smoked a pork butt with lump and harry soo donut method the other week, worked great!

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      #4
      I have used lump in my kettle as well as offset firebox, and use it just like I would use briquettes, with good results. I will say that if you monitor the cook with a device like the Smoke or Fireboard, you see more fluctuations in the pit temp with lump than with briquettes, due to variation in size, air space between pieces of charcoal, and such. It all averages out about the same though.

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        #5
        What are you using it in?

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        • tstalafuse
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          Horizon offset smoker.. So, it isn't a problem to keep adding to it. Previously, I just have used B&B briquettes and added wood, but thought I would give lump a try.. It occurred to me after the fact I had no idea what was the best way to use it..

        • Mosca
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          Lump will be fine then. Fire it up and dump it in!

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