So what will be the shortcomings of not using charcoal

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So what will be the shortcomings of not using charcoal

Post by Puff » May 10th, 2014, 10:12 pm

While waiting for the painting motivation, I've been lighting the fire in the smoker (offset reverse flow) and just watching temps rise and fall and checking the speed of the same.

What would be the differences by not burning charcoal. I have read the charcoal for heat and wood for smoke... With splits alone, I can get a 400 degree cook chamber... Isn't that hot enough or am I missing something?


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Re: So what will be the shortcomings of not using charcoal

Post by Big T » May 10th, 2014, 11:13 pm

I start my pit with charcoal and a couple of splits and once it's up to temp I only add wood. I don't have any problems maintaining temp, I think that a lot of guys have trouble finding enough wood to burn in their area so the use charcoal. jm2cw


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Re: So what will be the shortcomings of not using charcoal

Post by Gizmo » May 11th, 2014, 6:28 am

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Re: So what will be the shortcomings of not using charcoal

Post by Puff » May 11th, 2014, 8:50 am

Oh! Well that's simple enough and logical....I've got more oak than I can burn in another 30 years so that will save money on lump charcoal but cost in labor....big time. In Vermont, they say wood warms you 4 times..
1) when you cut it down
2) when you split it
3) when you stack it
4) when you burn it

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Re: So what will be the shortcomings of not using charcoal

Post by DUAYNE B » May 11th, 2014, 10:44 am

Charcoal and kindlin to get it up to temp, then wood from there here. I have to buy my wood here, pecan is about 380 a cord.



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Re: So what will be the shortcomings of not using charcoal

Post by Puff » May 11th, 2014, 2:08 pm

Wow... I would think that is a lot but. Not too sure... Oak here is about $160

Maybe pecan is a more exotic wood . Oak here is like pollen....everywhere


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