My thought was that MAYBE with the combination of 225 degrees from the heating element, a full tube of Pit Master's Choice, and a full tube of briquettes, I could get at least a slight sign of the pink ring I sorely miss!
I bought some Kingsford briquettes, measured them, and discovered that they were 1/4" too wide to fit into my tube!
So, I whipped out the old Barlow (pocket knife), and started whittling. After shaving them down, it looked good enough to stuff into the tube!
After stuffing 10 of the briquettes into the tube, I broke out the MAPP gas and put some heat to it! Hey Todd, that's a virgin run of a new tube right there!
Into the pit it went! Along with another 18" tube of pellets. I had an eye of round roast in the pit to use for jerky at the time. The pit was preheated to 225 degrees and I let it run until the center temp of the roast was 150 degrees, about 2.75 hours!
When I pulled the roast from the pit, I noticed that the briquettes had burned up completely, so I pulled the tube to inspect.
I discovered that this is not what it's gonna take to get a smoke ring in my large smoker! Dunno if it would work in a smaller one or not.
Why am I posting this if it were a fail? Why not?
I experiment with stuff a LOT! Sometimes the experiments work, other times not so much. Perhaps my fail will entice others to go further. Also, I had fun doing it, even if my wife thought I was nuts for shaving down charcoal briquettes...