Charcoal

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by jpeck, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. jpeck

    jpeck Newbie

    What type is best to use? Lump or the little round ones. I also supliment my fire with green pecan or green hickory limbs.[​IMG]
     
  2. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Most will say to use lump. Experiment with different brands of charcoal and see which you like best. You should also try to avoid using too much green wood for smoking if possible. Dry or seasoned wood is best.
     
  3. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have had good luck with Ranchers briquettes from Home Depot using the Minion Method
     
  4. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    On sale nation wide for $2.99 for a #20 bag. Just loaded up with 12 of 'em.
     
  5. ultramag

    ultramag SMF Events Planning Committee

    The Rancher is good stuff if you can find it in your area. I am a big lump user (don't tell the stickburners, but it's wood too), however the 100% all natural briquettes like Rancher and WGC are truly the best of both worlds in a bullet type smoker.
     
  6. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    For the bullet smoker I'd use the round ones - I don't know what the other smoker is.
     
  7. jpeck

    jpeck Newbie

    The bullet type and whats wrong with green wood?
     
  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Green wood smokes but not as good a smoke. It's about 60% water and doesn't give you as much heat either. There are some peple that like grren wood and there will be arguements forever about which is best. There are rumors (I have seen no scientific proof) that it gives off more Creosol.
     
  9. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    our's was already stripped bare so i got a couple bags of lump from lowe's to try out.
     
  10. adb551

    adb551 Smoke Blower

    I have found that green wood can give the meat a "chemical" taste. I think it produces more creosote, which was mentioned earlier.

    As for charcoal, I only use natural lump. I have always wondered what is added to the charcoal powder in briquettes (sp?) to make them stick together.
     
  11. [​IMG] I just cleaned out my local Home Depot's last 18 bags at $1.99 ea! [​IMG]
     
  12. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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