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Old 06-26-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Anyone use anything like this? I saw a thread about someone messing around with a Klose charcoal basket, so I was wondering if the insulated firebox on a Jambo would make it last even longer. I love stick burners, but during a comp, I love sleep as well.

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Old 06-26-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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cpngrats on the call this past weekend. no clue on the charcoal basket.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:32 PM   #3
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Anyone use anything like this? I saw a thread about someone messing around with a Klose charcoal basket, so I was wondering if the insulated firebox on a Jambo would make it last even longer. I love stick burners, but during a comp, I love sleep as well.

Thoughts?
It seems to me that an insulated firebox will give you better efficiency with just about any type of fuel or set up. I think there was a thread last week about the Klose charcoal basket being experimented with (in a Klose cooker) and pretty long burn times were achieved with it. Using the same method in a Jambo might yield even better results. The only thing that I'm concerned about on using a basket in an offset for the minion or similar type of operation is choking way down on the intake damper. I think that Klose even suggested closing it completely and choking down on the exhaust as well! I guess you would just use VERY little wood but the thought of my offset not drafting well scares me!
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:54 PM   #4
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It seems to me that an insulated firebox will give you better efficiency with just about any type of fuel or set up. I think there was a thread last week about the Klose charcoal basket being experimented with (in a Klose cooker) and pretty long burn times were achieved with it. Using the same method in a Jambo might yield even better results. The only thing that I'm concerned about on using a basket in an offset for the minion or similar type of operation is choking way down on the intake damper. I think that Klose even suggested closing it completely and choking down on the exhaust as well! I guess you would just use VERY little wood but the thought of my offset not drafting well scares me!
well it does work. its really no different than using it in a vertical charcoal cooker. Principle is the same.

I tried it on my stickburner and I just like using wood better. Thats why I bought it. If I wanted to use a charcoal basket I use my vertical
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well it does work. its really no different than using it in a vertical charcoal cooker. Principle is the same.

I tried it on my stickburner and I just like using wood better. Thats why I bought it. If I wanted to use a charcoal basket I use my vertical
So did you use wood chunks buried in the charcoal or splits? How far did you choke down on your dampers? Did you ever have a problem with too much smoke? I'm curious because I'm currently having a new pit built and I would love to get the benefit from a basket on not so long cooks such as ribs or chicken. Like you though, on longer cooks I would use just wood also.
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