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Lump versus Charcoal briquettes

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I am going to try some lump this weekend. Should I still start it the same way as regular ol' Kingsford (white bag)?

Usually I put it in the chimney starter with fluid, and wait til they're ready, then cook...with easy/good results.
post #2 of 26
skip the fluid,put newspaper under the bottom.
post #3 of 26
What ^ said, no fluid.
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
Cool. Thanks....guess I need to buy a paper...
post #5 of 26
I use a big wad of paper towels with a little canola or vegetable oil drizzled on it to help them burn longer. Works good. Burns better and starts quicker, in my opinion.
post #6 of 26
Two paper towels and a little oil works very good and doesn't leave much behind. Try it and see what you think.
post #7 of 26
Gonna try the oil,sometimes the ash can be a pain on breezy days.
post #8 of 26
Only one way to start charcoal, fast, no lighter fluid, no long wait time, no looking for newspaper, gets 5 briquets to 500 started quick!

post #9 of 26
Now thats the way you do it :P
post #10 of 26
I put my chimney on top of my camping stove. Some folks light their chimney with their sideburner on their gas grill.

Those little BBQ firestarter cubes also work well.
post #11 of 26
nice, a little mapp gas going there...lol
post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 
Is there much of a heat difference in lump or briquettes? I would usually use almost an entire weber chimney full to get the smoker going with briquettes, do I still need the same amount of Lump?
post #13 of 26
Lump is quite a bit hotter - however you still need a certain amount for a coal bed whichever ya use. You'll get higher temps in the smoker with lump, however.
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the clarification...now to smoke!!!!
post #15 of 26
Carry on, soldier! PDT_Armataz_01_36.gif
post #16 of 26
exactly what I was going to say!
post #17 of 26
AHH, I have been wondering this....thnx
They sell a good cheap lump at Trader Joes.

BTW, I use newspaper in my starter chimney with no probs at all...one sheet, one flame usually gets it going...
I follow that with another one going while the first one starts my smoker bed. I use CHUNK mesquite for more coals and chips for my smoke.
post #18 of 26
That's the way I do it now.
post #19 of 26
of course, it also burns up quicker than briquettes. PDT_Armataz_01_15.gif
post #20 of 26
Hia Lisa! Back to the thread... my turkey cooker burner is 100,000 BTU's. Talk about a quick start :{)
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