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Fuel mix for UDS...


Joined Jul 13, 2018
Hey folks, I'm a UK smoker with my first cook coming up this week. I've experienced a few problems with bbq's in the past...

1) Fuel size. I've preferred lumpwood to briquettes as I find the latter to smell horrible, but some brands of lumpwood have loads of tiny pieces and they fall straight through the holes in the basket. Any preferred brands?

2) Fuel types. Do you recommend charcoal and wood chunk mix?

3) How the hell do I use my charcoal starter properly?!

Thanks in advance x



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Joined Dec 22, 2016
Ive always used kingsford original briquettes with my UDS. Havent tried to use lump because ive heard fire management is best with this particular briquettes. I havent had any bad flavors. My method is fill the basket and mix in smoking wood chunks. Then light a starter cube in the middle of the basket and let it slowly burn. Another method would be to light 5 or so coals in a starter or with a torch. Then place in the middle

smokin monkey

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Joined Oct 27, 2013
Aussie Heat Beads are the Bricketts to go for.

If using Charcoal (or Bricketts) you do not need a mix. Just one to two wood chunks is sufficient.


I use a little camping lpg stove to start my Charcoal.

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