About to start my first "long" smoke tomorrow, 10.5 hrs. That's long for me at least. I have so far completed 2x 3lbs pork butts (no bone) and a 3lbs tri-tip. All have turned out great and I have kept data on all of my smokes and preparations.
Tomorrow I will be smoking a 7lbs pork butt, hopefully starting 0700 central time. The butt is already marinating in the fridge and I have my thoughts, beliefs, and plans on flavor already.
I post this for your entertainment/information, but also for my flaws and that is heat and fire preparation. I do have trouble with the temp getting ahead of me and me rushing to get coals in there to keep temp up. I have read up on charcoal, briquettes, and lump coal. Right now I have charcoal and briquettes at the ready.
I know that was a lot but to sum it up. What type of lighting has worked for you (I do not have a charcoal basket yet but do have a standard tray raised with bricks)? When do you start to supplement another light before it cools down?
What I have is a smoke hollow 4 in 1. I will be using the side smoker of course. My MODS include a chimney extension internally to lower it, a lava rock gasket on the grill and smoker, and bricks in the smoker under the tray for air flow and I always have cooked with a tray with 1/2 inch or less of water to catch drip and help with moisture.
Any help is always greatly appreciated. If I have failed to say or do something admin wise let me know please
I am new.