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Old 07-27-2018, 10:02 PM   #1
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Default Why Did My RO Briquettes Perform Miserably in My 22.5 WSM Today?

Fired my WSM up for the first time today. I prefer RO briquettes to Kingsford for grilling, so I used them for this too.

Question for more experienced WSM users: why did my 22.5 use an entire 15.4 LB bag of Royal Oak Briquettes in 8 hours today running at 270? This is stunning to me. Many guys are getting 16+ hours out of the same size bag of Kingsford Blue. I cannot believe RO is this much worse. As a matter of fact, one test another guy ran on his website (that another Brethren linked to a while back) showed it to be superior to Kingsford Blue in how long it lasted. Was this just one weird / bad bag of charcoal or something else? It was this exact bag:

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Old 07-27-2018, 11:07 PM   #2
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Weather is a big factor. They could also be using an ATC. For me, I've never had a bag of kbb go 16+ hours in my 22 and that's all I used.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:10 PM   #3
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Weather is a big factor. They could also be using an ATC. For me, I've never had a bag of kbb go 16+ hours in my 22 and that's all I used.
What sort of timeframe would you expect to get out of a bag?
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I can usually get about 10-12hrs in the 250 range since adding my second grate, not losing as many smaller pieces thru the gaps.
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depending on what kind of Royal Oak you are using makes a big difference and I love the Chef Select the best .
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I can usually get about 10-12hrs in the 250 range since adding my second grate, not losing as many smaller pieces thru the gaps.
That is a good point.
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A 16 pound bag of KBB would get me at most 12 hours running at 250-265 with no ATC or water pan and the stock charcoal grate and basket. This is assuming there was no wind or fluctuations with your heat. I didn't get 16 hour burns until I switched to a Hunskaer Vortex basket in my WSM.

Also, if this is your first time firing it up, you may get less burn time since you don't have any crud in the interior and it is making things too efficient.

Biggest factor that would attribute to a shorter burn time is the usage of the water pan and what meat you were smoking. Huge chunks of meat will take up more heat than say baby back or STL ribs.
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Weather is a big factor. They could also be using an ATC. For me, I've never had a bag of kbb go 16+ hours in my 22 and that's all I used.
Agree Here. I HAVE had a bag go for 19 hours before, but I've also had to reload around 9-10 hours for other cooks. Weather, wind, etc definitely plays a part. I just buy KBB when the sales hit, and check around the 8 hour mark during a cook. I normally don't give too much thought to burn times due to low cost of charcoal.
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I cook at about 240 on mine with clay pot bases in the pan and two grates beneath the coals. Also have a CB door. I consistently get 12 hours out of 15.5 lbs of KBB.



Before my most recent cook, I added about an extra 4 lbs to my last cook (piled precariously high above the ring) and added a gasket to the lid. So guessing 20 lbs or KBB, and I have been running steady at 240ish for the last 17 hours. I am floored. I cooked a brisket overnight and threw a rack of spare rips on when I pulled the brisket off.


Update: We're closing in on 19 hours. I just pulled the spares and it's still going at 230 F.

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A 16 pound bag of KBB would get me at most 12 hours running at 250-265 with no ATC or water pan and the stock charcoal grate and basket. This is assuming there was no wind or fluctuations with your heat. I didn't get 16 hour burns until I switched to a Hunskaer Vortex basket in my WSM.

Also, if this is your first time firing it up, you may get less burn time since you don't have any crud in the interior and it is making things too efficient.

Biggest factor that would attribute to a shorter burn time is the usage of the water pan and what meat you were smoking. Huge chunks of meat will take up more heat than say baby back or STL ribs.
Very helpful, thank you. Was running dry - no water pan or meat. Just a test run. I would have thought without either meat or water it would have run for at least 12 hours on a bag, but obviously not. Will get 'er figured out!
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