I thought briquettes were bad but I see a lot of people are using them. I know match light and anything like that is out.
I've only used some briquttes in the chimney to get the lump started. The only wood we have easy access to in quantity is oak, not sure I want that as my primary source for a whole smoke, I have used some pieces. I have been using chips so far but ordered some apple, pecan and cherry chunks today. It's a little pricey to use for the whole smoke. So are the natural wood briquettes ok to use? Do they have the issues with a lot of ash? From reading it sounds like they are slower and more consistent burning and the lump is more apt to spike. I've been using Cowboy lump, the Lowes here has Stubb's briquettes, I have noticed several people mentioning Royal Oak. I have been considering getting a WSM so the fuel questions and ash issues have been popping up as I research.
A little confused here.
What are you using and why?