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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:24 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by oldbill View Post
After starting with charcoal, you really shouldn't have to add any more during the cook. With the exception of occasionally having wet or unseasoned wood, the splits that you are putting in, (I average a split every 45 minutes or so) should maintain a coal bed.
Yes, they should, but if you've ever had a split roll off your coal bed, or got distracted from babysitting your cooker, or any of a thousand other real-world things (chit) happens, it's good to have a backup plan! A chimney of charcoal will get you back in the game (and back to burning wood) in a hurry.
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