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Unread 04-28-2013, 04:31 PM   #16
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Nice looking cooker! How long of a burn time can you get out of that basket?
To be determined on burn time with lump and cooking at 275. I have heard as long as 15 hours with charcoal and cooking at 230. Dan (Winemaster) can probably chime in here and give you a better idea as he has had one for a while now and has several cooking sessions under his belt.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 04:36 PM   #17
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Nice, I really like that Bomber. Did you give up on stick burning?
I wouldn't say I gave up on stick burning, but I did ship my cooker to New Jersey for my brother in law. But I get free use whenever I am out there.

The simple truth is I find myself to busy to tend a stick burner 95% of the time, maybe when the kids are grown things will slow down!
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Sweet new toys!
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Let me use that toy hauler till August then. LOL
Oh it will get plenty of use taking my two boys camping between now and then!
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Great set up.......
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get it seasoned?
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get it seasoned?
Yeah, I cooked up some country style ribs last night for dinner. I will say this thing is so darn efficient that I may end up switching to hardwood charcoal instead of lump.

I used lump yesterday and did another lump test today, planning on a charcoal test tomorrow to see how that goes. Josh recommends charcoal and there may be a dang good reason for that!

I was above 275 for 6 hours and when I checked the coal basket this morning there was at least half the lump left, if not more.

Lump seems to burn so hot and react to the guru so quickly that on my first two tests I have had trouble keeping the cooker under 300, I blame this entirely on the cooker being to efficient

Yesterday I just flew right past 275! Today I decided to take it up to 225 and then slowly work my way up to 275, and this worked until I opened the door to move the temp probes around and the guru kicked on and overstoked the coals. This sent me back up to around 300. I suppose I could always close the air damper on the fan every time I wanted to open the door, but I want to give charcoal a try first and see how it reacts to something that doesn't burn so hot.
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thats the old backwoods trick of slowly coming up to temp. by the time all the steel is heated up your fire is way bigger than needed to keep your temps.
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I am sure you'll do much better with Charcoal vs Lump. Once you get to temp with the coal, I like to close the draft on the fan at least to close it one line. Also, you dont have to fill it with briquettes. A little goes a long way with these cookers.
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thats the old backwoods trick of slowly coming up to temp. by the time all the steel is heated up your fire is way bigger than needed to keep your temps.
Yeah I figured as much. But since Josh builds them and has cooked on them as much as anybody, I thought I would give his recommended fuel and startup a try. It's never a bad day to have a smoker fired up so I will test it again tomorrow while I am getting my work trailer setup.

I will let everyone know how it goes.
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thats the old backwoods trick of slowly coming up to temp. by the time all the steel is heated up your fire is way bigger than needed to keep your temps.

To keep this from happening, I now start a chimney and empty it into a 1/2 sheet. I just set it in the bottum and let IT heat up the metal with the guru's help. I get the coal basket then loaded with coal and chunks so when the unit is at or close to temp, the cooker doesnt waste the fuel to heat the pit. The result is long burns without overshooting temps. Just one of the things I am working on.
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I am sure you'll do much better with Charcoal vs Lump. Once you get to temp with the coal, I like to close the draft on the fan at least to close it one line. Also, you dont have to fill it with briquettes. A little goes a long way with these cookers.
Thanks Dan, are you saying that you run it at 3/4 open or 1/4 open once you get up to temp?

Also, do you start with room temp water, hot tap water or boiling water?

Josh printed out a manual for me and emphasized to not start out with much more than 1/4 of a chimney of charcoal!

I am sure I should have started by doing a burn exactly as Josh recommends but I was to excited to see how lump would react!
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To keep this from happening, I now start a chimney and empty it into a 1/2 sheet. I just set it in the bottum and let IT heat up the metal with the guru's help. I get the coal basket then loaded with coal and chunks so when the unit is at or close to temp, the cooker doesnt waste the fuel to heat the pit. The result is long burns without overshooting temps. Just one of the things I am working on.
Very helpful, will give that a try tomorrow as well!
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Sounds like a weed burner to preheat the chamber would be the ticket
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