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The best way to make build a charcoal fire.

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by nickbailey, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. I have a 1ft by 1ft (roughly) fire box. Currently i' using the pyramid method for building th charcoal (building a pyramid, and then only igniting the top layer of charcoal so it burns down). I can get about a temp of 240F Avg. with it. Anybody know a god way of making your fire hotter? (I try to get the heat to bounce aroudn between 220 and 300 as I usually cook Ribs and a beer can chicken in the same chamber.)
  2. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Nick, What kind of smoker are you using? You may want to try the Minion Method.
  3. I use an offset horizontal smoker. Please explain this minion method to me, i'm interested.
  4. bob-bqn

    bob-bqn Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Jim Minion, who is a member on this board, developed a method for long unattended cooking using a Weber Bullet smoker buy loading it up with unlit charcoal and adding only a small amount of lit on top. Temperatures are maintained and controlled by adjusting the vents.

    Detailed instructions are here: http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/fireup2.html

    This works best on an air-tight smoker. Most smokers work fine but a rig that leaks air could allow too much oxygen to the fire and temperatures could rise out of control.
  5. Interestng. Thats real no too far off from the pyramid I do.
    + = Lit Coals
    - = Unlit Coals


    Esentially the lit coals burn downwards. I can get the heat to about 250f average. It may just be that my firebox is alittle small. Not sure.