Hey guys, I got a sweet deal on a brisket last night so I decided to smoke it today.. I picked up some lump charcoal and some cheap briquets from academy last night since I used the rest of mine doing a test fire... I don't know if I did something wrong or what, but this smoke is becoming impossible. Temps will not come up, or stay up. I filled up my charcoal basket (11x12x6) with the lump, started a chimney with the briquets to put onto of the lump... nothing different from what I've done in the past, but the stuff will not stay lit!!! I had to leave the FB door open to even keep the stuff going, and that didnt even work. Had to end up putting a fan outside the FB to keep it going.. temps still falling.
Did I put to much charcoal in the basket?
Does the brand really matter that much? If so, how do these people with crap fuel stay in business?
As of right now, I will never use another brand of lump other then Royal Oak, unless I did something totally wrong? Or should I only fill the basket half full, and then fill in with wood?