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Charcoal Type?

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by ga pine needle, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. What type/brand fuel do you use in your UDS? I'm getting too much creosote with Stubs 100% hardwood briquettes.
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use Lump wood. The brand I have been buying is Frontier. During the summer you can get a 40lb bag for $15 at Sams club. I love this stuff. Nice big pieces and it lasts a long time.
  3. as anybody here made their own charcoal?  I have toyed with the idea but have never gotten off my butt to try.

  4. Does it burn any hotter than briquettes? I use lump in my side burner but it seems I remember reading it was suggested to use briquettes since the drums can be trouble to keep the temps from getting to hot.
  5. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I use the Frontier brand as well.  Best stuff for the price.  I have also used Kingsford Blue and both burn a long time with little oxygen.  The Kingsford needs more Oxygen than the Lump but as soon as you get the temp where you want it it all burns the same.
  6. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use Basques Lump. It's pure Maple Sugar charcoal.
  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I guess I can't really say. I have only used briquettes once and for the price it was a no brainer for me to switch to the frontier lump. I love the way it burns I have never had an issue with it getting too hot.
  8. Thanks for the feedback!

    I'm 5 hrs in on a ham and a turkey smoke, my second smoke on my UDS. I"m using lump (Cowboy's is what I had to settle for) The lump is fine, cleaner burn and no problem with temps.
  9. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I also use lump. I use Nature-Glo which is a Royal Oak's food service brand. I wouldn't use anything else at this point. 
  10. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Royal oak or bridgeford blue bag, whatever is on sale.
  11. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    I've only used Kingsford original (blue bag) because the only lump I've found in my area has been Cowboy and from what I've read and seen what it's made of, I don't bother with it.  I can find Royal Oak briquettes but haven't used them yet.  I've been picking up the 2 - 20 pound blue bags at Sam's Club for about $14.  

    I I swear one day I'm going to open a supply store!
  12. flyweed

    flyweed Smoking Fanatic

    I use Royal oak briquettes for a starter, and I use the Royal Oaks lump for my coal in the basket, with some chunk of hardwood thrown on top for the "smoke"
  13. old timer

    old timer Newbie

    I use Royal Oak as. It burns well and maintains an even temp.
  14. thaloca

    thaloca Newbie

    I am using lump charcoal (wood charcoal). I prefer wood charcoal to briquette charcoal because it burns longer. 

    I really interested in eucalyptus charcoal from VinaCharcoal (http://charcoal.vn/product/solid-eucalyptus-charcoal/)

    It is cheap and good. However, not high quality as mangrove charcoal

  15. jay6896

    jay6896 Fire Starter

    I use Kingsford blue bag as well. Typically stock up for the year when it's on sale. The flood soaked 300# and it got shoveled into waste containers. Found some Royal Oak lump on sale using that right now. I think I still prefer the Kingsford.
  16. dcb5739

    dcb5739 Fire Starter

    My favorite is Humphery Lump, in a pinch its Royal Oak Lump, mainly light briqs in the chimney to use as a fire starter
  17. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree. I love using Humphreys. Hard to find thou