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Stickburning Discoveries: Larger Firebox = Easier to get Clean Smoke!

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  • PaulstheRibList
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1585
    • Lake Charles, LA
    • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
      1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
      2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
      3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
      4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
      5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
      6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
      7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
      8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
      9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
      10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
      11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
      12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
      12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

      Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

      I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
      I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

    Stickburning Discoveries: Larger Firebox = Easier to get Clean Smoke!

    Ok, I'm a couple of months into my new StickBurning experience. Have a new 22" offset, built like a Yoder Witicha, heavy gauge with a plate I can raise and lower between the firebox and the cooking chamber. It's been way fun cooking on it! I'll put a pic of so of the BRISKET PRACTICE here...
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    I'm having Big Fun and loosing a lot of sleep with all this Brisket Practice!!!

    This week, I cooked 300 sausages for a fundraiser for the elementary school I volunteer for on Friday, so I borrowed this huge pit from a church friend. It's 44 (or 48, I can't remember) inches wide, and 8 feet long, with a huge firebox. I walked by today and saw this comparison:
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    I'll name them Lil' Tex and Big Tex!

    My issues on my Lil' Tex largely deal with keeping the fire going and the smoke clean. I have 3 ricks of wood from 3 different suppliers, 1 of Oak that was split about 5 months ago and stored under a shed, another rick of Oak that was split about 2 months ago, and 1 rick of Pecan that was split a few months ago, and has too many large logs and long logs (poor splitting, so I won't buy from that seller again).

    One learning is that I need to have SMALLER WOOD for the smaller smoker. This is not rocket science, but I was just using what I had. So, as a red-blooded man, I used this as a great reason to BUY MORE TOOLS. So, there's a new Huskvarna chainsaw in my garage, I bought a 6 pound maul to split wood today, and think I'll have a 7 ton (small) electric spitter here in a week or so, so I can have smaller splits and shorter ones for my Lil' Tex.

    OK, back to Big Tex. IT HAS BEEN SO FUN TO BUILD A FIRE IN THIS HUGE FIREBOX!!

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    I laid a couple of more flat pieces on the bottom, poured on a full can of lit charcoal...
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    then put on a couple more splits on top, and waited a bit...

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    And a huge, beautiful fire emerged!

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    Followed by a beautiful bed of coals (OK, I didn't take a pic of the fullest bed, but the one above will do!)

    I'm having a blast cooking on this huge cooker!

    I'll start another thread tomorrow, I am cooking for another event Monday, and have 95 pounds of St. Louis Cut Ribs, a couple of Boston Butt's, and a few dozen chicken thigh's. I'll use both 22.5 WSM's, and Big Tex. Should be fun!

    Happily Yours...
    Stickburner4Life
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  • Jon Solberg
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 4819

    #2
    You da Man Paul! You da Man.

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    • Jerod Broussard
      Moderator
      • Jun 2014
      • 9865
      • East Texas
      • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
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      #3
      Large insulated fireboxes are super nice. You da Protein King.

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      • _John_
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 2447

        #4
        Looks awesome, I think when I retire I will get a big rig like that and just smoke meat all day for people.

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        • Huskee
          Administrator
          • May 2014
          • 15304
          • central MI, USA
          • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

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          #5
          Beautimous. Fantabulicious. Fabutastic.

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          • The Burn
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 990
            • West Chester, PA
            • Gas Grill: NXR Tabletop/Portable Propane
              Charcoal: Weber Performer Silver (i.e., 22.5")
              Charcoal: Weber OTG 22.5"

              Kettle Accessories: Slow 'n Sear, Smokenator and Vortex and bound to be more on the way
              Smoker: GOSM Propane 38" 2-drawer
              Pellet: CampChef/Browning Deluxe PGP24LTD

              Thermometer: 2 Mavericks, Red backlit Thermapen
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            #6
            Wow, Big Tex is a monster. And that brisket looks great. Thanks for the firebuilding pics, they are helping get me revved up for my cinder block pit build.

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            • Marauderer
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 1471
              • Powder Springs, Georgia
              • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
                Powder Springs, GA

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                I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

              #7
              As far as your original question of wood size. The smaller one needs smaller pieces of wood. For the small one the size wood should be about the size of a soda pop can in length and diameter. That is the size I am going to use on my small Lang when I get it. I have read of folks not having a clean burn on a small stick burners as the size of the wood is to large.

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