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  • ls1m
    Former Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 52

    Burn barrel?

    Has anyone ever used a barrel with rebar to burn wood in? The idea is the burnt wood turns to coals & it falls to the bottom, then you scoop it up with a shovel & put it in your smoker, either in the firebox or right below the food grates. There’s a bbq joint here in Texas that does that, according to a video I saw. Just wonder what the flavor profile would be like. Anyone ever tried it?

    Thanks
    -Mark
  • CoryS20
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    • Dec 2016
    • 3
    • Ellis County, TX

    #2
    I use one to feed my Lang often when my wood supply is vast. Makes for a nice clean blue smoke and provides consistent temperature. If u use this method exclusively, it may take away from a heavy smoke flavor if that’s what you’re after. Hope this helps!

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    • Spinaker
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      #3
      This would be awesome. I am going to do this at some point.

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      • CoryS20
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        • Dec 2016
        • 3
        • Ellis County, TX

        #4
        Hell yeah man, it’s especially nice this time of year with the cooler weather. Nice roaring fire in the barrel and a rolling pit? Can’t ask for better!

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        • Jerod Broussard
          Jerod Broussard commented
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          Kids doing it while you watch from indoors at the computer with hot cocoa???

        • EdF
          EdF commented
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          Jerod Broussard - you the Man!

        • Mr. Bones
          Mr. Bones commented
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          Rotflmao!!!!
      • Steve R.
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        • Jul 2016
        • 2419
        • Elizabethtown, KY
        • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

        #5
        You're basically making homemade lump charcoal. Probably the absolute best way if you want to be a purist.

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        • ls1m
          Former Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 52

          #6
          Would it make for easier temp control? My leaky offset is giving me fits.

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          • CoryS20
            Former Member
            • Dec 2016
            • 3
            • Ellis County, TX

            #7
            I would say yes. But you do need a good supply of seasoned wood.

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            • Beefchop
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              • Oct 2014
              • 449
              • Lafayette, LA
              • XL Big Green Egg, Shirley Fabrication 24"x42" Patio Cooker

              #8
              Yes, with my WSM. I just removed the bottom section and placed it on blocks and shoveled coals under - some guys do this with those homemade hog smokers made of concrete blocks. Fun, but time consuming!

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              • Mr. Bones
                Mr. Bones commented
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                Very cool (hot!) idea, Brother!

                I'd love to see some pics of this setup, when ya might have th time to post em...

              • Beefchop
                Beefchop commented
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                Mr. Bones I thought of posting this...maybe I'll do it this weekend as a project and will post it here!!!
            • FireMan
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              • Jul 2015
              • 7834
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              #9
              3 posts & there all here! Welcome CoryS20, ya have been with us awhile & by the sounds of things you are eatin good. Have fun!

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              • ls1m
                Former Member
                • Nov 2017
                • 52

                #10
                Time consuming... I have a KBQ. That thing is the definition of time consuming. If I have to shovel coals every 30 minutes instead of poking my kbq firebox every 5 minutes, I’m good

                I’m going to give it a try. Found some positive comments on another forum. I’ll report back. Thanks!

                Originally posted by Beefchop View Post
                Yes, with my WSM. I just removed the bottom section and placed it on blocks and shoveled coals under - some guys do this with those homemade hog smokers made of concrete blocks. Fun, but time consuming!

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                • Beefchop
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                  ls1m Well there you go. I personally enjoy cooking this way, and if I could convince my wife to build a monstrosity of a cement block cooker in our backyard then I'd do a whole lamb this way...

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