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Hey everyone, great website.  I smoked my first pork shoulder today.  This was my first smoke ever, and I must admit that I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It was an 8 lb Boston Butt, and spent 9 hours on the smoker.  The weather changed on me so I wrapped it in foil and finished it in the oven.  Once it hit 205, I wrapped it in towels and let it sit in a cooler for an hour.  It fell apart and everyone enjoyed it.  My questions are many so I'll try to narrow it down.  During the 9 hours on the smoker, I burned through 18 lbs of charcoal (9 lbs of hardwood briquettes, and 9 lbs of hardwood lump).  Is this normal for a smoke?  I have a Smoke Hollow 4 in 1.  I know I have some mods to do to make it more efficient, but 18 lbs still seems like a lot.  I was able to keep the temp around 225-250 but I was adding a full chimney of charcoal every hour or so and kept the damper wide open.  I also had a lot of ash build up in the SFB, which started to affect the fire.  I added chunks of hickory and cherry throughout the smoke, but they only seemed to smoke for 30 minutes or so then I had to add more.  Is this normal for a smoke, or is there something I'm doing wrong or could be doing different?  Anyone have any advice or  suggestions for next time?  Thanks in advance for the help.  Happy Smokin'.

post #2 of 5
18 pounds in 9 hours? No that's not right. I smoked a Boston butt today, took 10.5 hours and I only went through 7 pounds of lump charcoal keeping the temp around 230 the whole time. I'm new to smoking so I can't give you advice on how to fix that, but I'm sure someone will stop in to help.
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Schauzy, morning.... trying to heat your home with the windows open is like cooking on a smoker with air leaks.... seal it up first, run another smoke...   Have another smoker on hand for those small smokes......   click on the links below.....   Dave

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/124570/my-version-of-the-mini-wsm

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/125114/new-project

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Thats alot of fuel to go through! Definitely sounds like too much air is getting to it. Burnin it all up!
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Thanks for the info. I had a feeling it was all the air getting in and out. Thanks again.
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