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Hello From Maryland

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I'm new to this site, and hope I can learn a whole lot from you seasoned smokers. My name is Lee, and I've grilled meats for a long time, and I've always added a couple of handfuls of wood chips soaked in water right on top of charcoal. Most of my friends really like my chicken and country style ribs that I cooked in this fashion. I just recently bought a "El Dorado" smoker ,which is different in that it has a firebox for indirect heat. I've used it once with charcoal briquettes, cooking chicken, and it was pretty good, but my temperature was hard to maintain. So, I hope to do some studying here, and hopefully I will become a better cook. Any helpfull hints, like,should I use wood sticks or charcoal, for a heat source, or what types of woods i should use, will be greatfully accepted. Luckily, I have about 80 acres of woods, with oaks, sassafrass, mulberry, wild cherry, hickory, just to name a few. So go ahead and educate me, please. Thanks, Lee
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Welcome to SMF Lee. You probably have a charcoal type unit...lump is the best type. I'm not familiar with the brand...got any pix? The smaller firebox units are better off with the lump charcoal as heat, and a bit of wood for flavor.

Enjoy your time here!
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Hi, Richtee. It is made by Charbroil, and no, I don't have any pics of it. The firebox is small, probably 12 0r 15 inches high, by about the same width. The instructions that came with it, recommended burning wood in it, with charcoal as an alternative. But I was thinking like you, that it was kinda small for being capable of generating enough wood coals to maintain any temperature for any length of time. Perhaps, a base of charcoal, with some wood chunks would be better. Thanks for your advice.
post #4 of 7
You hit the nail on the head, sir!
post #5 of 7
Welcome to the SMF Lee!! I'm sure someone has a smoker like yours that will be around shortly to help you. Check out the forums and Jeff's free 5-day bbq class.
post #6 of 7
Welcome to the forum! You can expect prompt answers to any question here. That's what makes this site so greaticon_exclaim.gif
post #7 of 7
Welcome Leebo60,
Happy smokes and many q-vue!
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