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Do you mix lump and briquets?

post #1 of 16
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Last smoke i did on my uds i was having so e temp issues. If i left my ball valve at half closed or less my temps would drop. Open it any more then half it would raise. I did some reading and saw sombody say that if you do a mix of lump and briquets it helps close air pockets in your badket due to the even size and shape of most briquets. Thus helping your temps stay more even for longer. Im curious how many people do this or have tried it and what their results were. Currently i use RO lump for my charcoal.
post #2 of 16

I've been mixing them in the offset. Specifically, I load the lump in the bottom of the basket where (I suppose) it's the last to ignite. I put a layer of briquettes over that, then kindling on top.

 

The hoped-for effect is that the briquettes will ignite first, and burn to gray, losing their start-up aroma. Later the lump ignites more cleanly. Not sure if it actually makes much difference, though.

post #3 of 16

I don't have a UDS but I mix KBB and lump in my WSM to prevent the smaller pieces of lump from falling through the grate.  I'll put down a layer of KBB, then the wood, then the lump, then dump hot KBB from the chimney on top.  Work great for me and I don't end up with unburned pieces of lump in my ash bowl. 

post #4 of 16
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I tried mixing royal oak and stubbs last night. It actually came out well. Ill definatly keep playing around with the mixture to get it right
post #5 of 16
I got a pallet of lump last fall at Home Depot on clearance, I mix it with Kingsford in layers. Lump first and Kingsford on top. Works well. The lump pops and sparks a lot sending ash onto the food if I have to add while cooking.
post #6 of 16

I like to toss a few big pieces of lump in with my KBB on long smokes (12+ hrs), the lump gives the fire a little kick in the pants when it gets going. Really helps to keep the temps up and steady over the long haul.

post #7 of 16
Last smoke I did I started out with 2 lit chimneys of kingsford competition briquettes. It got my offset smoker upto 275 really quick(much quicker than lump). As the smoke went on I added lit chimneys of royal oak lump. It worked out really well.

post #8 of 16
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Whenever i get my offset ill have to try that! Im also planning on playing with all wood fires
post #9 of 16

First of all, I am an offset guy at this point.

 

I don't mix them.

 

I use briquettes to bring the smoker up to temp and get the grates cleaned and "sterilized".  Only because briquettes are cheaper than lump.

 

I use a chimney of lump when the meat goes on and more for the rest of the smoke.

 

Many opinions on this.  Just what I do?

 

If I was an upright user?  Maybe that would be different.  And again maybe it wouldn't?

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Im in the process of trying new things. Thats what its all about right? Playing and coming up with new things. I use a uds now. Its just a pain to add mid smoke.
post #11 of 16
I tried lump recently since I've always been a Kingsford guy. I liked the taste of the food but hated the predictability. I then started mixing and got the best of both, So yes, I do mix.
One more point. The lump falls through the grates and it messed up my "one touch" cleaning system on my 26" Weber. Weber did replace the blades though. On long smokes I still mix.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
How did the small pieces mess the blades up? And i do have issues with it falling through the grate on my coal basket. Then my dogs eat the coal...so less mess is always nice
post #13 of 16
With the 26" the blades are longer. The small pieces of charcoal got under the blades and bent them up. I then couldn't control the air flow.
BTW, I like royal oak better than cowboy lump. (These are the only two I've tried.)
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by preston897 View Post

Im in the process of trying new things. Thats what its all about right? Playing and coming up with new things. I use a uds now. Its just a pain to add mid smoke.
You shouldn't be needing to add charcoal mid smoke in an UDS. If you are, your fire basket is too small. Unless you are doing a marathon smoke of 24 hours. My UDS will hold temp for 18+ hours with one single basket of lump
post #15 of 16

Yes I do Mix Lump and briquette, I put more briquette in my chimney than anything else, light it up and BBQ away!

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
So far ive never had to had tonthe uds since i fixed my air flow issues. I was just referring to how difficult it would be to add coals as venture explained.
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