Originally Posted by Steve-W
Ok Guys, I have been using my offset smoker for over 3 years now, but recently found this forum, so I want to ask you a question.
Are those of you who are using an offset smoker, also experiencing extreem high coal usage? let me elaborate:
If I cook a 12 pound pork butt, I'll go neatly through 10 pounds of coals..and my cooker temperature never exceeds 250 F.
I'm loosing so much energy in every direction but the right one..how can I fix this.
to give you some more info, it's a cheap thing (german made Oklahoma Joe wannabe) so as far as being airtight...hmmm not so much.
If i compleetly close the vents and the exhaust,,the damn thing will continue to burn until it has consumed it's last coal.
that, in my opinion, is not normal..but I'd love to hear your experiences and tips how to improve efficiency.
How long does the 10lbs last? 8, 10, 12 hours? On only 10lbs of coals that seem like a good burn ratio. When I ran all night cooks on my OKJ trailer offset I would run through 60-80 pounds of briquettes because it is so big.
Try wrapping the door with the vents in foil to eliminate as much of the airflow as possible, if you find you need air you can always crack the door.
Insulating the cooker with a welding blanket can also do wonders, especially during cold weather cooks. The ambient air temp can affect the amount of fuel used.