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Charcoal abuse

post #1 of 9
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So far on my Mothers Day Smoke, I have burned through 20lbs of charcoal in 8 hours. Am I screwing something up? Or is this expected using an SNP in 35 degree weather?
post #2 of 9
Give us some more info on your set up and we can help you out. Temps, how much charcoal are you putting in your fire box, are you using a charcoal basket etc.?
I don't use charcoal because it seems to burn soo fast I always use lump charcoal aka lump wood or lump wood and charcoal briquettes mixed.
post #3 of 9

I don't get it?
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
I've got a strait-up no-mod SNP. I start with probably a couple chim fulls of Charcoal and add another another approx every 1 and a half hrs. I tried lump one time and couldn't keep the heat up (it was fairly cold and windy outside) and switched to kingsford mid smoke ( I know the purists are cringing and gagging). Maybe it was just a crap brand.
post #5 of 9
I used about 20 lbs yesterday for 10 hours of cooking time in my Char Griller offset. That was about what I expected. I'd love to use less, but offsets do use lots. I'm thinking about getting something smaller for most smokes that don't have as much meat as what I did yesterday. Maybe then I could use the Royal Oak with better success.
post #6 of 9
You might find some suggestions in this post.

Also if you check out this link you will find a lot of good information on the kind of fuel you are using. Depending on what brand some burn longer/hotter/more or less ash etc.
post #7 of 9
I think there is some confusion with terminology. You stated that you don't use charcoal, but that you use lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes.
post #8 of 9
Yea I use lump charcoal aka lump wood and some times I will throw in some charcoal briquettes. When I say I don't use charcoal I guess I was thinking of the stuff you get that has the lighter fluid type stuff added (match light). Probably not calling it the right thing but hopefully you know what I am talking about.
post #9 of 9
lol... ok now I get it. I was scratching my head a bit on that one as well.

Drheerdt - horizontal offsets do go through a lot of fuel, especialy when you have cold ambient temperatures. I never bothered to fire up my old moded Char-griller unless temperature was at least above 40-45°. That is one of the reasons I switched to a WSM, it really doesn't care about cold very much.
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