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Old 05-20-2007, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default Lump or Briquettes for UDS?

I have always used lump in my offset but other than the BBQ's Galore "chump" charcoal I bought yesterday that is about all I can find. I swear the stuff that came out of that bag looked like they had done little more than cleaned up an old campfire somewhere. Besides that issue I had a heck of a time keeping it lit. I am thinking it was because there was such a huge difference in sizes of the “lump”. I mean this stuff went from small logs (bark and all) to small chips. Was that possibly my problem or are these things better served using briquettes? I have two butts waiting in the wings for tomorrow so I would like to not have to baby sit so I can get some work done also. TIA
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Old 05-20-2007, 08:46 PM   #2
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I usually use briqs... I have used lump twice now and it seemed like I had to tend it a little more. It was the stuff I made and the lumps were big.. It didn't seem to continue to light the outside parts (Minion method) as well as the briqs.

NOTE: I have only used the lump twice... we all get comfortable with what we are used to using. At this point I KNOW what the briqs will do. Not so sure with the lump... I will continue to play with it.
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Old 05-20-2007, 09:10 PM   #3
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i have only used Lump and have wanted to try briqs but i have 12 bags of lump at home
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:06 PM   #4
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i use both

i just made my run to the lump cole place close to here bought 3 pallets of lump

i like the flaver of using both and the heat stays consenct

if you need lump just let me know before an contes i will bring it with me

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Old 05-20-2007, 10:13 PM   #5
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So, is the concensus though, if you are not used to one or the other, use the lump and get used to it? Or, get used to the UDS with briquettes and then try the lump?

Oh, and which brand is the best of either to use?

Thanks so much!
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:06 AM   #6
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I use Lazarri Mesquite lump in the drum and it does seem to take a little extra coaxing during longer cooks but I like the smell and flavor it gives off. I got in the habit of trying to get a somewhat uniform size of lump in the coal basket of the drum and keep the smaller pieces for the Eggs. I get a strange ammonia like smell with Kingsford briqs as they are ashing over, but disappears during the cook. A couple times I even mixed the two.

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Old 05-21-2007, 06:49 AM   #7
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I like the idea of mixing the two. The best of both worlds.

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Old 05-21-2007, 09:50 AM   #8
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Are there different types of kingsford anymore?
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:44 PM   #9
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well today i did a couple of butts in the UDS. started out with lump but soon turned to a chimney full of K and never had to mess with it again. i am thinking with the fat dripping onto the lump for some reason it seems to just kill the temp. the kingsford seems to be able to keep on going.

maybe it's me but it seems there is more smoke flavor from my offset. the UDS has its place but the old NB is still gonna be the lead off hitter.
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:59 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Dovid View Post
Are there different types of kingsford anymore?
4 that I know of.

A: Sure Fire

2: Sure Fire with Mesquite

III: Charwood (Kingsford lump, I guess)

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