Building a fire in SFB

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Master of the Pit
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OTBS Member
Dec 29, 2013
Jackson New Jersey
So I filled my charcoal basket on my chargriller with lump and added a full chimney
With the same after I got it lit. It was windy and like 30 degrees. Both vents and stack wide open. Could not get the temp above
200 . What am I doing wrong? To much to start. Am I chocking the fire?
Next time go with 2 fully lit chimneys of charcoal.

Also, you want to make sure that the wind direction is toward the air intake on the SFB, if not then the wind will blow across the exhaust stack and cut down the fire. I've had a wind strong enough to blow flames out the SFB air intake on more than one occasion.

30° is not too cold to cook in, but windy conditions make it difficult. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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