Lump or Briquettes??

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by grindstaff3, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. I prefer lump in my chargriller because of the limited ash build up and the hotter temps, but what is recommended for UDS's. I'm going to want to have a brisket length of cook with one load of coal.
     
  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've only used lump in my uds and have done a few briskets with it. That being said you will get some fare ups with the lump but they will go back with a little time. It takes some tending with the lump.

    For the very first time I'm going to try briquettes for a 8lb pork shoulder tomorrow. I've read some say they get a more even burn using the briquettes. I'm thinking this will be a 10 to 12 hour smoke so I want to see how they will do with this long smoke.
     
  3. Thanks Rick. Let me know how that smoke tomorrow goes. I'm wanting to be able to use my UDS in my first comp in august so I have a lot of learning to do with it
     
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Will do....
     
  5. beerguy

    beerguy Fire Starter

    The briqettes are more even and last longer. I still prefer chunk but I like being tied down to the smoker and the beer cooler all day. "Nope hun can't do that now got to watch the smoker." Works out fine so far.
     
  6. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree, you'll have the best control using briqs. [​IMG]
     
  7. joneser

    joneser Smoke Blower

    Keep in mind that a Brisket will come up to temps much quicker on a UDS. Lump will work fine or maybe a combination of lump and briquettes. I'd even go as far as suggesting a water/liquid pan below the brisket....that would help even out your temps across the grate.
    Good luck with your smoke.
     
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've had a pork shoulder in the uds for 6 hours and while the temp to this point have been nice and steady at 230-240 they started to fall off at this point. It's not due to the lack of fuel that's for sure. I looked in and the ash build up wasn't bad enough to choke the briquettes out or so I thought. I took the basket out and shook it out and replaced it. The temps are now back up and running fine, although a bit of a spike of course.

    So far this has been the only negative point in using the briquettes. We'll see how the rest of the smoke goes. The shoulder is wrapped and back in the smoker. I'll take it to 205 for pulling.

    Having to shake the basket is still easier than having to constantly adjust the air flow, that's for sure. Maybe with a bit more practice using the briquettes I can minimize that too.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  9. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Rick,

    Try giving the drum a good kick once in awhile. [​IMG]

    Or just shake it a bit.

    Dave
     
  10. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just give that the drum a kick once in a while and you'll be fine.

    Thats why the 3" space under the charcoal grate! [​IMG]
     
  11. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sounds good. It's still running @ 235 with the shoulder @183. I might just get to liking these briquettes after all.

    Thanks Dave and Bubba.
     
  12. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You're welcome, Rick.

    Hey, what kind of briquettes are you using?

    Dave
     
  13. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had the daughter pick me some up from work and all they had was Kingsford.

    Any recommendations? I was using RO lump before this. I might try Gordon Food Service and see what they have. I know RO makes their lump coal.
     
  14. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I really like the Kingsford Competition Briquettes although it burns a little hotter. The blue bag Kingsford that we get out here has a funny smell to it when it is lighting. I have heard that there are two Kingsford plants in the US and the blue bag stuff on the West Coast has the funny smell but the blue bag stuff in other parts of the US doesn't.

    Anyway, the Kingsford Comp stuff smells real nice. I did some chicken leg quarters with it and no smoke wood and they came out awesome. I have used Royal Oak briquettes too but like the Kingsford Comp stuff better. Not much selection around here. [​IMG]

    How's the shoulder coming along?

    Dave
     
  15. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's coming along nice and slow. The smoker's chugging alone at 239 and the shoulder's at 198 at just shy of 11 hours. I might just make that 12 hour mark after all.

    I'll look for the Kingsford Comp stuff around here but to tell ya the truth I've never seen it. Of course I wasn't looking either.
     
  16. smoking gun

    smoking gun Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Went to GFS today to pick up some lump. They were out of course. They had some "Hardwood Briquetes", food service quality, 60% larger briqs. I bought a couple bags and once the initial burn of lump (had about a quarter bag left) I'll try those. Got a pork loin on and some new tuning plates in the snp. Building a new charcoal basket too. Bubba I'm on the hunt for a candidate for my first UDS. :)
     
  17. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Keep me posted on how ya like the GFS briquettes.

    We just had some of the pulled pork made with the Kingsford and it tasted pretty darn good imo.
     
  18. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Where's the pics? [​IMG]

    I was looking forward to some Qview. [​IMG]

    On edit: Ooops [​IMG] Found 'em.

    Dave
     
  19. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  20. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thats funny, my drum runs at 238*. [​IMG]
     

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