How much charcoal should I expect to need?

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Fire Starter
Original poster
Apr 18, 2006
Kingman, KS
I'm starting to build a rotisserie smoker from a propane tank that's 36" in diameter, and 48" long. The firebox will be roughly 1/3 the size of the cooking chamber. I've been smoking for about 8 years, but I've never had a cooker this big, so I am just curious as to how much charcoal (I don't always have ready access to wood...) I might want to start with? Does twice the size mean twice the fuel and so on? Any info. would be great! is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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