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Unread 09-03-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Fire management epiphany yesterday!

Been cooking on my Lang 48 reverse flow smoker for the last four months and am really feeling good about fire management. I have used wood as my only source for heat and smoke and it dawned on me that the sticks I was adding was too large. Got my chopping ax out and split my oak and hickory logs into much smaller splits....coke can size just like I knew I should be using and my fire control was quite easy! Gonna smoke two Boston Butts Friday and am looking forward to the control I have finally attained with fire management!
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Thanks for sharing. I stumbled on this too and it made a big difference.
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Been cooking on my Lang 48 reverse flow smoker for the last four months and am really feeling good about fire management. I have used wood as my only source for heat and smoke and it dawned on me that the sticks I was adding was too large. Got my chopping ax out and split my oak and hickory logs into much smaller splits....coke can size just like I knew I should be using and my fire control was quite easy! Gonna smoke two Boston Butts Friday and am looking forward to the control I have finally attained with fire management!
How much more often do you have to add wood with smaller splits? How many sticks do you add as opposed to before?
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That's the question I was going to ask... I cut smaller chunks but I'm adding pretty often consistently.
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That is what works for me. After reading on here I put at least the next split if not two on top of the fire box. How do you use the vents? I have been keeping everything wide open.
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How much more often do you have to add wood with smaller splits? How many sticks do you add as opposed to before?
I was adding at about the same rate as before (approx 45 minutes or so) but am now adding maybe two pre-heated small sticks instead of one large one...what a difference it made!
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That's the question I was going to ask... I cut smaller chunks but I'm adding pretty often consistently.
Jeff, you might consider adding several smaller chunks instead of just one. I split mine into just larger than what I would call kindling.
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That is what works for me. After reading on here I put at least the next split if not two on top of the fire box. How do you use the vents? I have been keeping everything wide open.
Chimney is wide open...rear vent is almost shut and front vent about 1/2 to 3/4 open...I opened the vents a little bit as I added wood to get good air flow. I would leave the firebox door open for a minute or two and then shut it.
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I do the same for my Lang 36...the fire box is only 17"...Once I get a good coal bed going...then use splits 9" long and on the small side...maybe 1/8 of the log...this size work great every hour or so for maintaining a 250 deg pit...
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Great thread (even though I don't have a Lang).
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I use splits the same size I add 1 every 45 min to run at 300.YMMV
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Yup - I go for about wrist size.
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on my LANG 60 iuse splits the size of pop can or a little smaller leave pinwheels closed on one side full open on other side
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I do the same for my Lang 36...the fire box is only 17"...Once I get a good coal bed going...then use splits 9" long and on the small side...maybe 1/8 of the log...this size work great every hour or so for maintaining a 250 deg pit...
What are your pinwheel vent settings? I have a 36" arriving this Sun/Mon.
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