Dealing with ash

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by john dice, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. john dice

    john dice Smoke Blower

    This weekend I smoked some chicken and pork again, this time it came out much better then the first. I had a little party for 7 friends and they were all very stoked on the turn out.

    First of my problems was the weather. It would be sunny one second and then hailing or snowing the next causing my temp to go up and down.

    But the bigger problem was ash covering my burning coals. I had to dump some decent coals out for new ones in frustration.

    I now have the ecb charcoal pan with legs and about 6-8 nickel size holes in the bottom of the pan.
  2. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hope u keep that chicken below the other meat-and you can wrap tin or welders blanket of such around the bottem of ecb to keep wind from effecting the ash. good luck
  3. john dice

    john dice Smoke Blower

    My Pork was wrapped in tinfoil before the chicken was thrown on. But why does it matter?

    Wind wasn't the problem, just seemed like the charcoal got covered in ash and wasn't producing as much heat.
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    you don't want raw chicken juice dripping on other meats-harmful buggs
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    chicken is about the nastiest meat disease wise when its raw always place it below every thing else
  6. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    my charcoal lays on a flat pizza pan with perferated holes in it i can move coals around with tongs if i get to much ash and when im in for a long cook i can pull the pan and shake it over the grill to let the ashs out and keep the good coals burning
  7. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Maybe I didn't catch it somewhere........are you using lump charcoal or briquettes? Lump will burn hotter with less ash produced.....briquettes will ash over like you spoke of......just a thought.

  8. john dice

    john dice Smoke Blower

    Used both, but I ran outa lump charcoal and ran to nearest store which only had briquettes. But I was dealing with the same problem using lump.

    And good thing to know about chicken, any other meats I should watch out for?

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