I always start with a bed of at least 2-5 lbs of royal oak lump. add about 1 lb of lit coals to the coal bed, then I burn 12-18" lengths, not more that 6" round, not split, bark on pecan, oak and hickory... never bitter, good smoke ring and taste...
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