I'm a noobie smoker. Been wanting to smoke some meat for a while and never had the right equipment. This thread got me to make a drum. I've been really happy with it so far.
Did my 4th cook over the weekend. A short smoke with some Pork Steaks and some salsiccia (italian sausages).
My first cooks had been with kingsford briquettes. This last cook I decided to try some lump charcoal based on what I've read from others on this forum. I know it was a short burn but I couldn't be happier with the results compared with briquettes.
I liked the smell of the smoke and the smoke flavor of the meat better as compared to that of my earlier cooks. I am having a hard time putting it into words the difference between the 2 so I apologize for not describing it better.
I know opinions are like A-holes and I need to get a couple more cooks in with the lump, especially a couple longer cooks, but I was very happy with the results of lump charcoal on the drum from this cook.