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MJ_Tenn 09-03-2013 08:54 PM

Fire management epiphany yesterday!
 
Been cooking on my Lang 48 reverse flow smoker for the last four months and am really feeling good about fire management. I have used wood as my only source for heat and smoke and it dawned on me that the sticks I was adding was too large. Got my chopping ax out and split my oak and hickory logs into much smaller splits....coke can size just like I knew I should be using and my fire control was quite easy! Gonna smoke two Boston Butts Friday and am looking forward to the control I have finally attained with fire management!

SmittyJonz 09-03-2013 08:56 PM

Hmmmmmm. :clap:

Twelvegaugepump 09-03-2013 08:57 PM

Thanks for sharing. I stumbled on this too and it made a big difference.

coastal 09-03-2013 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by MJ_Tenn (Post 2612172)
Been cooking on my Lang 48 reverse flow smoker for the last four months and am really feeling good about fire management. I have used wood as my only source for heat and smoke and it dawned on me that the sticks I was adding was too large. Got my chopping ax out and split my oak and hickory logs into much smaller splits....coke can size just like I knew I should be using and my fire control was quite easy! Gonna smoke two Boston Butts Friday and am looking forward to the control I have finally attained with fire management!

How much more often do you have to add wood with smaller splits? How many sticks do you add as opposed to before?

jeffturnerjr 09-03-2013 09:18 PM

That's the question I was going to ask... I cut smaller chunks but I'm adding pretty often consistently.

ironmanerik 09-03-2013 09:21 PM

That is what works for me. After reading on here I put at least the next split if not two on top of the fire box. How do you use the vents? I have been keeping everything wide open.

MJ_Tenn 09-03-2013 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by coastal (Post 2612181)
How much more often do you have to add wood with smaller splits? How many sticks do you add as opposed to before?

I was adding at about the same rate as before (approx 45 minutes or so) but am now adding maybe two pre-heated small sticks instead of one large one...what a difference it made!

MJ_Tenn 09-03-2013 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffturnerjr (Post 2612200)
That's the question I was going to ask... I cut smaller chunks but I'm adding pretty often consistently.

Jeff, you might consider adding several smaller chunks instead of just one. I split mine into just larger than what I would call kindling.

MJ_Tenn 09-03-2013 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ironmanerik (Post 2612203)
That is what works for me. After reading on here I put at least the next split if not two on top of the fire box. How do you use the vents? I have been keeping everything wide open.

Chimney is wide open...rear vent is almost shut and front vent about 1/2 to 3/4 open...I opened the vents a little bit as I added wood to get good air flow. I would leave the firebox door open for a minute or two and then shut it.

MeatCandy 09-04-2013 12:26 AM

I do the same for my Lang 36...the fire box is only 17"...Once I get a good coal bed going...then use splits 9" long and on the small side...maybe 1/8 of the log...this size work great every hour or so for maintaining a 250 deg pit...

sliding_billy 09-04-2013 08:44 AM

Great thread (even though I don't have a Lang).

Bludawg 09-04-2013 09:55 AM

I use splits the same size I add 1 every 45 min to run at 300.YMMV

gtr 09-04-2013 10:15 AM

Yup - I go for about wrist size.

dummy que 09-04-2013 12:39 PM

fire control
 
on my LANG 60 iuse splits the size of pop can or a little smaller leave pinwheels closed on one side full open on other side

Damn True 09-13-2013 07:21 PM

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Originally Posted by MeatCandy (Post 2612342)
I do the same for my Lang 36...the fire box is only 17"...Once I get a good coal bed going...then use splits 9" long and on the small side...maybe 1/8 of the log...this size work great every hour or so for maintaining a 250 deg pit...

What are your pinwheel vent settings? I have a 36" arriving this Sun/Mon.


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