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Unread 02-24-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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I've been reading through a lot of posts and one thing I don't see is the different types of fuel everyone is burning. I saw on one post they used Red Oak(I think) charcoal and another used cowboy lump. They got two different results.

I used some Kingsford (around 8lbs) and only got around 5.5 hours the other night. I know, I know, every UDS is different.

However, could a knowlegeable UDS expert maybe give a guesstimate about the burning capabilities of different types of fuel? Like cowboy lump burns quicker than other types of lump or Kingsford original burns quicker or slower than some different kind. I reload my own ammunition and we have a burn chart for different kinds of powders. Is there anything remotely along those lines available for charcoal?

Of course, this might be a stupid question, but I figure it is worse not to ask it . I have been using a gas grill for so long, I don't have any clue when it comes to charcoal. At least give me a clue as to which brands everyone prefers. Thanks
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im a drumhead but we dont burn lump or kingford we burn pellets stay online you will get help
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Great question....looking forward to some replies.
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Typically, Burning 10lbs. of Kingsford briqs and four fist sized Hickory wood chunks, I can get 225*-250* for 14 plus hours.
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I burned the UDS from last Thursday afternoon, to Sunday afternoon on 15lbs.
of KF and Hickory chunks.
I was impressed with how little fuel this thing uses.
My firebox is 12x12x6" tall. Filled it up the first day
and got 15 hours out of it before adding a bit more the following afternoon. There was still a bunch of unspent fuel in there.

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I've been reading through a lot of posts and one thing I don't see is the different types of fuel everyone is burning. I saw on one post they used Red Oak(I think) charcoal and another used cowboy lump. They got two different results.

I used some Kingsford (around 8lbs) and only got around 5.5 hours the other night. I know, I know, every UDS is different.

However, could a knowlegeable UDS expert maybe give a guesstimate about the burning capabilities of different types of fuel? Like cowboy lump burns quicker than other types of lump or Kingsford original burns quicker or slower than some different kind. I reload my own ammunition and we have a burn chart for different kinds of powders. Is there anything remotely along those lines available for charcoal?

Of course, this might be a stupid question, but I figure it is worse not to ask it . I have been using a gas grill for so long, I don't have any clue when it comes to charcoal. At least give me a clue as to which brands everyone prefers. Thanks
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I'm new, Don't have a uds but probly will soon. But i've smoked fish for years and this winter started smoking other meats, So i was lurking and read about how great lump is so i bought a bag of cowboy, Smoked some ribs and the next day i found a big wad of window screen in my ash pan. After some research i found this.
http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpindexpage.htm?bag
Look up cowboy, I'll never buy it again.
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I used the rest of the bag to start the fires in my woodstove all winter
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I've been reading through a lot of posts and one thing I don't see is the different types of fuel everyone is burning. I saw on one post they used Red Oak(I think) charcoal and another used cowboy lump. They got two different results.

I used some Kingsford (around 8lbs) and only got around 5.5 hours the other night. I know, I know, every UDS is different.

However, could a knowlegeable UDS expert maybe give a guesstimate about the burning capabilities of different types of fuel? Like cowboy lump burns quicker than other types of lump or Kingsford original burns quicker or slower than some different kind. I reload my own ammunition and we have a burn chart for different kinds of powders. Is there anything remotely along those lines available for charcoal?

Of course, this might be a stupid question, but I figure it is worse not to ask it . I have been using a gas grill for so long, I don't have any clue when it comes to charcoal. At least give me a clue as to which brands everyone prefers. Thanks
I think you might be thinking of Royal Oak lump charcoal. It's an average brand as far as burn time and flavor goes.

I use lump in my BDS, 10 pounds will give me about 14 hours of burn time at or below 250° pit temp. I use Royal Oak and also Lazarri Mesquite lump.

As far as a lump database goes, yes there is one, here is the link

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpindexpage.htm?bag
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Thus far, I haven't had a problem with it other than,
it burns too hot and too fast.
I doubt that I'll purchase anymore of it since my local supplier just closed up shop.
There are many other products out there which are much better.

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I'm new, Don't have a uds but probly will soon. But i've smoked fish for years and this winter started smoking other meats, So i was lurking and read about how great lump is so i bought a bag of cowboy, Smoked some ribs and the next day i found a big wad of window screen in my ash pan. After some research i found this.
http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpindexpage.htm?bag
Look up cowboy, I'll never buy it again.
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Super site! that's what I am talking about. I think I had a bad batch of Kingsford.
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I agree with wieser, Too hot and too fast. But in my case it worked out good. Keep in mind i'm not a pro and have a lot to learn, I just jumped on this thread becouse i have some experience with cowboy. Here's a picture of my smoke using cowboy, Superbowl night. Pork loin, abt's and a fattie. Sorry no after pics.

-12* when this pic was taken, This is my normal winter smoking setup but the lump did keep the temps up a lot better than kf did. Now i just need to find a clean lump that isn't made out of chemical soaked lumber thats available around here.
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I use a 50 / 50 mix of RO lump & RO briquetts with wood chunks added for smoke. My coal basket is 13" diameter x 10" tall, sitting 2 1/2" of the bottom of the drum. If I fill the basket to the top it will keep 225* to 240* for over 12 hours. YMMV
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Holy Crap!
@-12* you need Cowboy Lump!
I'll betcha that your camera froze up...

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I agree with wieser, Too hot and too fast. But in my case it worked out good. Keep in mind i'm not a pro and have a lot to learn, I just jumped on this thread becouse i have some experience with cowboy. Here's a picture of my smoke using cowboy, Superbowl night. Pork loin, abt's and a fattie. Sorry no after pics.

-12* when this pic was taken, This is my normal winter smoking setup but the lump did keep the temps up a lot better than kf did. Now i just need to find a clean lump that isn't made out of chemical soaked lumber thats available around here.
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A question for you UDS guys about stacking/ minion in your drums.

With my CG, I tried Sam's club briquets for a minion burn and found them to give off an unpleasant smoke as they started up throughout the cook.

Have others found this or:
1. Does the meat dripping on the fire in a drum negate this effect?
2. Am I worrying about something I shouldn't?

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im a drumhead but we dont burn lump or kingford we burn pellets stay online you will get help
I call B.S.

Show us the pellet poopin drum!
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