Originally Posted by Ye Olde Party Palace
I have tried both lump and briquettes, and I prefer lump. My reasoning is that lump gives me less ash, and a more consistent heat. When I have tried briquettes, the ash covered the briquettes and I ended up with less heat. With lump, I had a nice steady burn with a lot less ash.
This. I have tried chef's select in my gravity fed smoker and I really wanted to like it, but there was so much ash. You just can't beat good old Ozark oak.