Charcoal abuse

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by drheerdt, May 9, 2010.

  1. drheerdt

    drheerdt Newbie

    So far on my Mothers Day Smoke, I have burned through 20lbs of charcoal in 8 hours. Am I screwing something up? Or is this expected using an SNP in 35 degree weather?
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Give us some more info on your set up and we can help you out. Temps, how much charcoal are you putting in your fire box, are you using a charcoal basket etc.?
    I don't use charcoal because it seems to burn soo fast I always use lump charcoal aka lump wood or lump wood and charcoal briquettes mixed.
  3. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    I don't get it?
  4. drheerdt

    drheerdt Newbie

    I've got a strait-up no-mod SNP. I start with probably a couple chim fulls of Charcoal and add another another approx every 1 and a half hrs. I tried lump one time and couldn't keep the heat up (it was fairly cold and windy outside) and switched to kingsford mid smoke ( I know the purists are cringing and gagging). Maybe it was just a crap brand.
  5. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I used about 20 lbs yesterday for 10 hours of cooking time in my Char Griller offset. That was about what I expected. I'd love to use less, but offsets do use lots. I'm thinking about getting something smaller for most smokes that don't have as much meat as what I did yesterday. Maybe then I could use the Royal Oak with better success.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  7. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think there is some confusion with terminology. You stated that you don't use charcoal, but that you use lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes.
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yea I use lump charcoal aka lump wood and some times I will throw in some charcoal briquettes. When I say I don't use charcoal I guess I was thinking of the stuff you get that has the lighter fluid type stuff added (match light). Probably not calling it the right thing but hopefully you know what I am talking about.
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    lol... ok now I get it. I was scratching my head a bit on that one as well.

    Drheerdt - horizontal offsets do go through a lot of fuel, especialy when you have cold ambient temperatures. I never bothered to fire up my old moded Char-griller unless temperature was at least above 40-45°. That is one of the reasons I switched to a WSM, it really doesn't care about cold very much.

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