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Old 01-12-2013, 11:41 PM   #1
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Hi all

Has anybody tried the above to save charcoal on shorter cooks?

Is there any reason why this would be problematic?

Thoughts please?

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:48 PM   #2
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I've done it, no problems at all. Did it on a 10 hour cook and still had about 1/4 of the coals left over.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:57 PM   #3
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Yup do it all the time it works well. 👍


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Old 01-13-2013, 12:37 AM   #4
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I've used a 18 1/2" ring in my 22 1/2" WSM.
On short or low temperature cooks, it does save some fuel.
On longer or higher temperature cooks, not really.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:20 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. Will order one tomorrow :-)

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:20 AM   #6
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I use a home made basket that fits inside the large ring,why don't you save yourself some money and make one from expanded metal.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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I don't use a charcoal ring, maybe I'm missing something. I just line up my briquettes in a ring around the outside edge of the grate (on my kettle), light one end and let it burn it's way around. Does this "charcoal ring" enhance this or make it easier or what? I guess what I am asking is, what is the advantage to it?
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:33 PM   #8
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The charcoal baskets from the Performer are perfect for a shorter cook for doing ribs etc. Just be aware that there isn't nearly as much surface area to burn charcoal, so the WSM will be running with most of the vents wide open. I don't think this would work in cooler temperatures.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:17 PM   #9
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code3rrt the reason I use a smaller insert in my larger 22.5 ring is to help keep the charcoal tight so it doesn't spread out and burn faster than I want not to mention I can't estimate just how much fuel I'll need for a smaller cook and don't like to re-use left over charcoal.
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code3rrt the reason I use a smaller insert in my larger 22.5 ring is to help keep the charcoal tight so it doesn't spread out and burn faster than I want not to mention I can't estimate just how much fuel I'll need for a smaller cook and don't like to re-use left over charcoal.
I will gladly take your leftover charcoal.Guess shipping would be a deal killer.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #11
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It's how I roll!

I have a couple different sizes that get used in my 22" WSM's and Cajun Bandit.

This one is the same size as an 18" WSM ring, have another made out of expando. Use them for Hot & Fast cooks






This is one I made for one of the Mini Smoker Joe's - expando on an SJS charcoal grate, used it many time in the 22's



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