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ericandcandi 11-02-2013 04:32 PM

To burn or not to burn, that is the question! ( Bark that is. )
 
Need help from the stick burn brethren. When adding wood to the firebox is it better to have less bark? Seems like every time I add firewood there is too much smoke and by the time it gets to that nice "sweet blue" my chicken is a bit bitter. I'm currently using pecan and bit wanting to change to another type of wood.

Keystone 11-02-2013 04:47 PM

Yes, no, and a quick search led to this.

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http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=147306

caseydog 11-02-2013 04:59 PM

With or without bark, wood will burn less efficiently when it is cold, which creates that thick smoke. Once the wood get's up to temperature, it will burn more efficiently -- which means it will burn cleaner.

The best way to avoid that smoke is to add small pieces of wood to your hot coals. You can also help the process by pre-heating your wood in the sun, or on top of your cooker. Use smaller pieces of wood, which means you will have to add wood more frequently, but your lower wood to coals ratio will give you a cleaner smoke.

CD

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 11-02-2013 05:01 PM

You shouldn't be putting your chicken on before you get the sweet blue.

dport7 11-02-2013 07:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caseydog (Post 2678913)
With or without bark, wood will burn less efficiently when it is cold, which creates that thick smoke. Once the wood get's up to temperature, it will burn more efficiently -- which means it will burn cleaner.

The best way to avoid that smoke is to add small pieces of wood to your hot coals. You can also help the process by pre-heating your wood in the sun, or on top of your cooker. Use smaller pieces of wood, which means you will have to add wood more frequently, but your lower wood to coals ratio will give you a cleaner smoke.

CD

Quote:

Originally Posted by HeSmellsLikeSmoke (Post 2678916)
You shouldn't be putting your chicken on before you get the sweet blue.

Agreed!!!


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