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Unread 01-02-2013, 10:40 PM   #1
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Ello all. I have a question. Is it possible to use a weber and have it fueled by just splits? IE, have a small fire to one side with splits and use it to smoke some food? or is the space to small? what if i had a 55 galon drum on its side and make a grill out of it but put the fire to one side? will it still be to hot?

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I'm with Blu,pass the mason jar or whatever........Burn Barrel cuz.
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i suppose you could but why ??
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You could actually fuel a Weber Kettle with wood. I would go with small chunks, not long logs or splits. You would have to start your fire early, and get a bed of coals glowing, and add small amounts of wood to keep it going. Or, you could get some wood burning in a fire pit, and add hot coals while you cook.

The key is to be able to have a good bed of coals on the Weber, and add fuel as needed. If you are adding raw wood, you'll want to add small amounts at a time.

So, yeah, I think it is possible, but you will have to plan your cook, and keep a close eye on it.

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You could actually fuel a Weber Kettle with wood. I would go with small chunks, not long logs or splits. You would have to start your fire early, and get a bed of coals glowing, and add small amounts of wood to keep it going. Or, you could get some wood burning in a fire pit, and add hot coals while you cook.

The key is to be able to have a good bed of coals on the Weber, and add fuel as needed. If you are adding raw wood, you'll want to add small amounts at a time.

So, yeah, I think it is possible, but you will have to plan your cook, and keep a close eye on it.

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If I'm not mistaken, Greg from Ballistic BBQ on YouTube did some steaks this very way using red oak splits burned down to coals, just for flavor.
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i suppose you could but why ??
cuz i have not enough money for a stick burner. haha. Maybe it would be best to dig a hole in the ground about 2 feet deep, feel it with splits, make a nice bed of embers, and then add some dry splits to it like a stick burner and try to get the same flavor as a stick burner.


my goal is to get the same flavor as a stick burner with what i have on hand for the time being. haha

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why not cut the splits to chunks and add them in the webber on top of lump coal and there's the smoke flavor... or am i missing something?
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I have done it but controlling temperature was nearly impossible. IF you can get a good bed of coals going you should be able to manage it better.
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That is what the burn barrel is for,burn the wood in the barrel and add the hot embers as needed to maintain desired temp in the weber.
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I've done a cook on my kettle using nothing but wood chunks. Started a chimney of chunks, let those warm the kettle up while warming some more chunks on the cool side of the grate and added them before cooking. Of course, I was doing a high temp (About 300~325) and it was an experiment that actually worked, but using lump (Which is, after all, wood) is far cheaper for me...
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That is what the burn barrel is for,burn the wood in the barrel and add the hot embers as needed to maintain desired temp in the weber.
This would work, but defeats the purpose of the WSM being a set-it-and-forget-it charcoal BBQ pit.
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why not cut the splits to chunks and add them in the webber on top of lump coal and there's the smoke flavor... or am i missing something?
ello guys. busy day today. it is the wifes b day to morrow and her moms the other day. lol so i have been booked. I also have a cookin class i have been scheduling to teach soon.

anyway, holysmoke, i should explain something. You are missing something. and i didnt mention it on this thread. haha. but i have in the past. I have tried 7 or 8 different ways of bbq smoking. from electric, gas, straight lump with no wood, lump with wood, briqs with and with out wood. lump non minion method with wood, lump non minion method with no wood, briqs non minion with and with out wood. and last but not least, plain ol stick burner. by far the stick burner was the BEST and right below that was gas/electric. Those are what produced a flavor i like. Now for the cahrcoal side, i still love it, just a way diff flavor than the stick burner. I like all bbq but i tend to lean towards a stick burner or in emergencies, lump non minon method with wood. so thats why im trying to use chunks in the weber or if i had the space, real pit cooking. I think that is my summer goal. pit cooking with a pit in the ground. haha.

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