NASA Guy Here Needs Some Help

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by jbi00799, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. jbi00799

    jbi00799 Newbie

    Just learning to Smoke, I have a Smoker with the Box on the Side. Do I just use wood, Or wood, and Charcoal? Some have said Lump coal, but I wouldn't even know where to get that. My name is James, and I work for NASA here in El Paso, TX. I love Smoked Meats, and want to be better at it. Thanks for any help you can give.
  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Welcome James -

    Sounds like a horzontal smoker with an offset fire box but it could be a vertcal smoker with a side fire box.

    You could use wood, charcoal or both depending on what smoker you have.

    Lowes and Home Depot sell lump charcoal in most areas.
  3. jbi00799

    jbi00799 Newbie

    its a horzontal smoker, And I have looked at our Lowes, and Home Depot, but have only seen wood chips. I will look again tommorrow. Do you reccommend all wood, or a combination of both? James
  4. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    James - First and foremost welcome to SMF. Glad to have you aboard.

    Check out walmart, or any of the big home improvement centers for Royal Oak hardwood lump charcoal. It will be in the same area as Kingsford and all the other briquettes. It will look like pieces of wood that were put out after burning instead of pressed pieces. Any other questions just ask.

    Keep Smokin
  5. jbi00799

    jbi00799 Newbie

    Do you reccommend smoking with all wood, or a mixture of both? Thanks again, James
  6. ultramag

    ultramag SMF Events Planning Committee

    Welcome to SMF jbi00799!!! Good luck on the search for lump.
  7. ultramag

    ultramag SMF Events Planning Committee

    Usually in a small offset lump w/ the bigger fist sized wood chunks works best, especially when first learning. Go ahead and get signed up for TulsaJeff's 5-day eCourse. Lot's of good info for starting you off on the right foot.
  8. jbi00799

    jbi00799 Newbie

    Thankyou, for the help! James NASA
  9. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    james, from another texas boy to you- if yer in el paso, ya should be getting mesquite 4 free. mesquite sticks or splits is all i'd use.o bet you can get it @ any ranch or garden nursery or just (if ya own a saw) volunteer to clear some brush or ranch land- mesquite is texas version of milkweed- to us q-ers it's gold but to ranchers it's just a pest.
  10. chris_harper

    chris_harper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    welcome to SMF, from another texan.
    my local lowes has lump charcoal. it is inside, by all the grill accessories. try wal-mart too, in the garden area. if there is an heb there, they have it too. i use kingsford briquets, and mostly mesquite.
  11. coleysmokinbbq

    coleysmokinbbq Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi James!...Welcome to the SMF!... [​IMG] It's a Great place to be!...I think you're gonna like it here!...

    Great Folks, Great Food, Tons of info...and More Fun than you can shake a whole handful of rib bones at!...

    Got questions?...Well...Ask away!...There's always someone around that'll provide the answer...You've already seen what happens when you ask...

    Please do sign up for TulsaJeff's Free 5 Day eCourse...It will really help you!..I know it helped me!...and you cant beat the price!...

    I agree with UltraMag...Lump Charcoal and Wood will make it easier in the beginning...and it works wonderfully...

    For on down the road in the future, take a look at this thread: Burn Barrel for "True" Wood Smoking!

    Just a thought for later...IF you've got a good supply of wood, that is!... [​IMG]

    Anyway...Again...Welcome aboard the SMF James!...We're mighty glad to have you with us!...

    Best of luck in ALL your smoking endeavors...

    Until later...
  12. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF James!

    I have a horizontal smoker with the side fire box also. My method is to pour a chimney of unlit lump into the fire box, then pour a lit chimney full on top of that. Once I get a nice bed of coals going, I'll throw some timber of choice in there to keep it going.

    Hardwood lump charcoal should be available at the big home stores as has been mentioned, or if you have a big hardware store in your area, such as True Value, they'll probably have it... that's where I get mine.

    Good luck!
  13. fuzzynavel

    fuzzynavel Fire Starter

    welcome to the forum! sorry i didnt read all the replys but just had to chime in with a "rocket science" wise crack ;)
  14. spartacus

    spartacus Fire Starter


    Welcome to the SMF! If you have a question, this is the place to get it. Everyone here has been great at helping the Newbies get their feet wet!

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