adding charcoal to fire

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Master of the Pit
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Sep 24, 2009
Independence Mo
My drums burn like the minion method so I have never added coals to them. But my RF gets coals added after they are lit and start to ash. A little bit of coals and a little bit of log wood, which ever works at the moment.


Master of the Pit
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Jun 5, 2009
Portland, OR
Yeah... if you can at least get the new stuff heated... not necisarrily fully lit, but almost fully lit works well. Main thing you want to do is avoid having all the "start up" smoke from the charcoal going into your meat.... makes for unplesant flavor.


Fire Starter
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Aug 3, 2010
Los Angeles, California
hmmm wouldn't that mean that using the minion method is not a good idea as well? Since it'll have the "start up" smoke from the charcoal 


Master of the Pit
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Mar 6, 2009
I add charcoal or splits to my small offset all the time.  If you are using a quality lump charcoal all the bad stuff has already been burned off.  Well cured splits do not have enough moisture to cause a problem with sooty smoke.  The most important thing in my opinion is not getting a temp spike when you add fuel.

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