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Unread 09-06-2012, 07:59 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Sampler View Post
Is there a general rule of thumb as to how much charcoal/wood to use depending on desired temp and length of cook time?

Originally Posted by Johnny_Crunch View Post
I fill my basket to the top every time regardless of how long I am cooking. It snuffs out so well when closed that I can reuse coals with no worries.
Originally Posted by Captain Dave View Post
With the wood, less is more sometimes. 3 or 4 fist size chunks is usually enough to give all the smoke you need.
In my amateur experience, everyone is right! I usually put about 10lbs in (maybe 2/3rds full fire basket) and when done, close all vents and reuse. Also, just a little wood for flavor, for me that's been about 1 fist size chunk for ribs and 2 for longer cooks like brisket or pork butts / shoulders. Lately it's been apple wood btw.

But to be honest, I have about 5 months experience and should shut up and let the others that actually are experts speak!
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