I just want to make sure of something. When I am doing a short smoke, like an hour or so for wings and I'm using lump charcoal, I usually need to add more charcoal before the wings are done. From starting the full chimney and dumping it until the temp. settles in then putting the wings on seemed to give me about 30-40 minutes before the temp started dropping. 2 times I have picked a few handfuls of coals out of the bag and put them directly on top of the already burning coals. Is this ok to do? I don't think I'd really want to start another chimney just to add enough to get through the cook or should I?
I'm almost certain that adding unlit briquettes during a smoke is frowned upon. Maybe due to the fillers and binders in them? Not sure of the reason though. I mean, when I do a boston butt or ribs I use the snake method so essentially those briquettes are cooking the meat without being ashed over.
Can anyone help clear this up for me?
**also, I'm using a webber charcoal grill not a true smoker when I'm smoking. So the fuel source is right next to the meat.