Thanks for the responses. The drum is a food grade unlined bare steal and steam cleaned and definitely RO. I didnít know Cowboy made briquettes. I have pretty much been using red oak exclusively (have a lot as fire wood) in my off set for years. It literally tastes like the light gray smoke that the charcoal gives off when it is lighting. I am use to stick burning and relatively new to the UDS. I was intrigued by the long burn times.
I know a lot of people use the minion method with briquettes but if that is the flavor youíre shooting for, not my cup of tea.