Originally Posted by cripplecreek
Hey fourthwind, you mentioned that you cook w/charcoal and how important your basket design is. Would you mind elaborating on the basket and your process of smoking with charcoal in general (how much to start with...how much to add, etc. By the way, your pics look great..can't wait to start trying to duplicate.
The basket is the stock basket made by Klose manufacturing. www.bbqpits.com They are meant to fit the 20 or 24 inch firebox's. Cost 125 plus shipping. I put a 4 inch log at one end, and fill the rest about 1/3 full for 230° smoker and half full for 260°+ smokes. I then remove the log, and pour in a 3/4 full chimney of lit coals into the void. I soak large chunks of the wood I am using, and add a couple to the burning area of the coals every 30 minutes or so. If you try adding them along the snake, they just dry out and start burning ahead of the coals. You only need to add the wood until the meat hits 140 internal anyhow. When the coals have burned all the way to one end, I use a little hand garden shovel, and rake all the hot coals into a pile on one end, and add a bucket of coals to fill the void going the other way. Basicaly I just reverse the burn path. Just remember what works for me with my pit, my coal choice, and at my altitude (5600 feet), works for me. You will need to experiment to see what works for you and your smoker. Here is a pic of the basket design.
Originally Posted by LUCC
Which smoker did you use? You have a link to it?
Edited by Fourthwind - 7/28/10 at 9:10pm
It's a Klose 20 by 36 backyard pipe smoker with a 1/2 inch firebox. here is the link Klose Pits