Originally Posted by swamprb
Not to hijack, but when I used any of the "natural" hardwood briqs ( Rancher, Trader Joe's, Stubb's or Maple Leaf ) in my Big Drum Smoker clones, the fats dripping on the coals stirred up ash and it ends up on your meats. I suspect since the grate on a PBC is closer to the charcoal ring it could be more prevalent, especially since the exhaust are the rod holes, when you pop that lid the ash is really gonna fly. Just sayin'.
I've cooked on it several times and have never had this happen, but different strokes for different folks. I also have never used the grate and pretty much only pop the lid to pull the food.
In my experience lump leaves less ash not more, maybe it has to do with the intakes on your big drum? I will keep an eye out when I fire it up this weekend.