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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by scouden, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. scouden

    scouden Newbie

    Hi, I've been looking at the site for about a month and I really like it so I decided to join the fourm. I have been trying my hand at smoking for several years with hit or miss success and would really like to learn more about it. I started out with a brinkman vertical and now have a horizontial smoker with an offset fire box. I would like to know what the right amount of smoke is? How many wood chunks to use and how often to add them? I use lump coal as my base fire source is this the best way or should I use all wood? How do you know when you have enough smoke and not to much? It seem my cooking times go far beyond what is recomended to reach proper internal temp.

    Thanks,
    Pleasse help.
     
  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Welcome Scouden -

    Glad you found us. First you might want to sign up for Jeff's 5 day smoking course - it's free. Also Jeff has a nice PDF file you can download to help get you going and it's pretty nice.

    Now how much smoke is a good question. You don't want so much smoke that you have billowing clouds leaving your smoker. You want it light and thin almost unseeable. We cal it "thin Blue Smoke."

    You didn't says which smoker you have, it could be a huge trailer mounted horizontal with a side firebox so I am going to asume it's a charbroil or chargriller or even a Brinkman horizonal. In that case I'd say Lump charcoal is fine. You don't need tons of wood just enough to get a light smoke going not a fire.

    Should look something like this:
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  3. gofish

    gofish Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Debi hit it right on the head. Its as simple as that. Dont worry about throwing a ton of 'wood' on the coals because your lump charcoal, IS wood.

    Welcome aboard the SMF!
     
  4. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Debi gave you some good info, sign up for Jeff's 5-day eCourse and read the
    forum, there is great info here
     
  5. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    First of all welcome to SMF. As a guideline you might want to start with 2 or 3 chunks of wood and see how much smoke that gives you. Depending on what you are smoking and how long will determine if you need to add additional chunks.
     
  6. crownovercoke

    crownovercoke Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF!! I have a horizontal w/ side fire box. and cook with charcoal and wood. I use max 3 chunks at a time, and get great smoke.
    The 5-day e-course has alot of great info in it.


    Welcome and smoke on!
     
  7. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF. Enjoy yourself.
     
  8. abigail4476

    abigail4476 Jeff's Woman SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum. I'm the resident Knows-Nothing-About-Smoking-Meat. Feel free to ask me about anything else. [​IMG] I won't promise to answer...or answer correctly. [​IMG]
     
  9. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    hello and welcome to the SMF. You have questions, and they have answers. Just read around this place and you'll find plenty of answers, good and...
     
  10. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard SCOUDEN, glad you joined us.

    Yup, Debi hit it on the head... thin blue smoke.

    You will notice when you first throw timber in the coals, it will put out clouds of white smoke... don't get discouraged, that is normal. It will settle down to a thin blue. Mainly, I use a combination of lump charcoal and wood, using the lump as my coal base, then add wood as needed. I also add more lit charcoal as needed on longer smokes.

    Read and absorb what's on these forums, but don't be afraid to experiment....

    Good luck!
     
  11. watery eyes

    watery eyes Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF!!! [​IMG]
     

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