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jorrflv 02-17-2013 03:45 PM

Minion Method and Lump charcoal
 
Does the minion method work with lump charcoal? I am planning on doing a pork butt tomorrow and my wife picked up lump instead of brick. It has been a while since I have used lump, but will it work the same in the UDS or will I have to futz with the temp more? Any advise from those who use Lump in their UDS's?

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 02-17-2013 03:46 PM

I only use lump and do minion most of the time. Works great.

Lump burns a little hotter.

landarc 02-17-2013 03:47 PM

I have used lump and it works fine. In my UDS, I need to be a little careful and not just dump the lump in, I need to pack it a little bit more.

gtr 02-17-2013 03:56 PM

Lump works fine, but you gotta be a little more careful when loading the basket than you do with briqs since the pieces aren't nearly as uniform. It burns hotter and faster, so it's good to keep an eye on your pit temps if you don't normally use lump, but yeah, it works fine and leaves a lot less ash too.

BobM 02-17-2013 03:57 PM

Lump will work fine, you might have to tweak the settings you are used to a bit.

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Hoss 02-17-2013 03:57 PM

My small WSM is chugging away now on a load of lump lit on top with a weed burner.I started it at 10 am it is 4 pm here now.been holding a steady 300 temp and still have at least 1/2 of the original load of lump remaining.

jorrflv 02-17-2013 04:01 PM

Thank you all for your advice. You confirmed my thoughts, but since we are having people over I wanted to make sure. So I will

1. Pack the coals in tighter to avoid large air pockets.
2. Start with a few less coals in the can than I usually do since it burns hotter.
3. Watch the temps a litter closer and will probably need to close my ball valve a little more than usual.

Anything I missed?

ButtBurner 02-17-2013 04:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jorrflv (Post 2371964)
Does the minion method work with lump charcoal? I am planning on doing a pork butt tomorrow and my wife picked up lump instead of brick. It has been a while since I have used lump, but will it work the same in the UDS or will I have to futz with the temp more? Any advise from those who use Lump in their UDS's?

all lump is not created equal.

What brand of lump is it? Have you opened the bag and looked at it yet?

jorrflv 02-17-2013 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ButtBurner (Post 2372003)
all lump is not created equal.

What brand of lump is it? Have you opened the bag and looked at it yet?

It was Royal Oak Lump.

What should I be looking for?

ButtBurner 02-17-2013 04:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jorrflv (Post 2372012)
It was Royal Oak Lump.

What should I be looking for?

thats a pretty solid brand

things to look for are foreign materials in it and the size of the pieces.

I bought a bag of Best of the West and it was 1/4 dust, most of it was very small pieces that burned up very quickly

It was not the Best of the West thats for sure!!!

Just a heads up, you want a nice selection of large, medium and some smaller pieces.

Bludawg 02-17-2013 04:56 PM

I pack the basket with lump in 4 layers: 1st layer lump, 2nd layer lump & 2 chunks, 3rd layer Lump & 2 chunks 90 deg out from the previous, top layer lump and 2 chunks, I use 10-15 briquettes to fire it up. I find that using the briquettes gives me a slight advantage in consistency to dial it in to my cook temp.


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