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View Poll Results: What type of UDS fuel do you use?
Briqs 27 50.00%
Lump 11 20.37%
Mix 15 27.78%
Other 1 1.85%
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Unread 03-08-2008, 08:23 PM   #16
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I have used Kingsford, Rancher and B&B Oak Lump in my drum and never had temperature or ash problems with them.
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Rancher.........but only have 1 bag left and using it tomorrow, from what you guys say, will have to try the Kingsford.

Yes, i will agree the Rancher makes some good ash but are you guys saying the other brands dont?
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I tried Rancher once but it was way too ashy (I know Brian...I know). I use Kingsford brigs now and am happy with the results as well as how it burns.
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Far less ash with K in the drum on my end. I prefer to use lump in my small charcoal ring , I don't know why, it just works for me!
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Rancher until the stash is depleted.
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90% of the time, I support our local lump mfg, Fire King...same place they shot the episode of Dirty Jobs at the charcoal plant. I'd say it's about 30 miles SE of here, but they do deliver locally every week.
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I have never tried briqs. I have used Royal Oak lump since I got my drum. Never had any issues. Have to shake the drum once in a great while, but can usually burn 13+ hours on 8 pounds consistently.
I burn lump too. Sometimes straight RO, especially in the mini basket. For long cooks I go with mostly Lazarri with some RO mixed in. I'm guessing 10 pounds average. I have tried briquettes only once or twice, there was too much ash and I just like the flavor the mesquite lump gives me.



Pat, If you shake the cooker you you run the risk of a plumb of ash that will rise, following the natural draft and stick to your food. Try making yourself a wiggle rod, you can see my BDS size one in the picture. It's just a 1/4" rod with an L shaped bend on one end. Sneak it into one of the lower vents and gently shake the basket.

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I burn lump too. Sometimes straight RO, especially in the mini basket. For long cooks I go with mostly Lazarri with some RO mixed in. I'm guessing 10 pounds average. I have tried briquettes only once or twice, there was too much ash and I just like the flavor the mesquite lump gives me.

Pat, If you shake the cooker you you run the risk of a plumb of ash that will rise, following the natural draft and stick to your food. Try making yourself a wiggle rod, you can see my BDS size one in the picture. It's just a 1/4" rod with an L shaped bend on one end. Sneak it into one of the lower vents and gently shake the basket
Thanks for the heads up Wayne. I will have to make a wiggle rod. Never really thought about the ash. Is Lazarri a brand name? Never heard of it.
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Thanks for the heads up Wayne. I will have to make a wiggle rod. Never really thought about the ash. Is Lazarri a brand name? Never heard of it.
Opps, I spelled it wrong. Lazzari is correct. They make several hardwood lumps, the only one I can get is the mesquite. My Safeway store carries it. At $8.50 for a 15 pound bag. There are some big pieces in the bag, but a smack with a hammer will take care of them. I can also get Best of the West Mesquite and one other one, but they are more expensive per pound and come in 8 pound bags.

Here is TNW's write-up on it. He rates the burn time as low, but I get good burn times in the BDS. Also see the reader ratings toward the bottom of the page, its rated above average there.

This was what was left after a 11 or 12 hour burn

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Here is TNW's write-up on it. He rates the burn time as low, but I get good burn times in the BDS. Also see the reader ratings toward the bottom of the page, its rated above average there.
Who doesn't get good burn times on the BDS, right?!? I'm with ya. I always forget about the naked whiz. Thanks for the link.
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R.O. lump and hickory chunks started with lit K briqs.
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Looks like I'm the only one who just uses wood chunks.
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Kingsford-no ash. Also some fist sized chunks of apple and oak.
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Looks like I'm the only one who just uses wood chunks.
Mark, would it be possible to use logs cut to size of the firebasket? I was thinking of throwing in 2 or 3 hickory sticks and dropping 1/2 a chimney of lit briqs on top. Sound like a reasonable idea?
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Mark, would it be possible to use logs cut to size of the firebasket? I was thinking of throwing in 2 or 3 hickory sticks and dropping 1/2 a chimney of lit briqs on top. Sound like a reasonable idea?
That's an interesting thought. Do you think it would be too strong on the wood flavor? I guess the only way to know is to try it.
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