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Unread 07-13-2010, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default question for backwoods, spicewine users

I already know everyone that has one raves about them, but i want to know a few things.
Do they burn better with lump or briquettes? From what posts i have read about them, it sounds like once you dial it in you don't have to keep tending to it like i would with my offset smoker. Is this the case? An 8 hour smoke would use at least 20lbs of lump.
I had a Bradley Digital Smoker a few years ago and i just never liked that thing. It was very temperamental and i ended up giving it to my father!
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Unread 07-13-2010, 08:19 PM   #2
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I used to have a Spicebox... phenomenal insulated cooker.

After getting up to temp, I was able to run at 250 on a WSM ring and chunks for 12 hours... With a larger U -shaped basket, I once pushed it nearly 24 hours.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 08:20 PM   #3
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I use briquettes in my med Spicewine. With no basket at my last comp, I used less than 20lbs and lit it about 10PM and ran it to about 1PM the next day. I ran it about 300 the whole time.

My cook last week I did 325 for 6 hours on about 10lbs of briqs.
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I use lump in my Backwoods, although it will run fine on briqs too. I can run at least 6 hours before I need to think about refueling. It maintains temps incredibly well.
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If I'm reading this right the Spices are a little leaner on the fuel usage?
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Unread 07-15-2010, 02:18 PM   #6
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I use 2 bags of Rancher (trader joe's) charcoal (18lbs. each) with some wood chunks in my Large Spicewine. Once it's up to temp, I can run it fully loaded at about 250 for at least 12 hours without messing with it.
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Unread 07-15-2010, 04:23 PM   #7
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Having cooked on both, the BW's gets better fuel economy. 10 lbs of briqs will go 10 hrs on a party.
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Originally Posted by pahutchens View Post
If I'm reading this right the Spices are a little leaner on the fuel usage?
Don't know, cause I ain't never cooked on a Spicewine.

My BWS Party can easily cook a couple racks of ribs and a butt with 10lb bag of lump. It's been a good while since I used briquettes, but I seem to recall having similar results.

In any case, all nighters are a breeze on my Backwoods.
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Unread 07-16-2010, 01:18 PM   #9
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medium spicewine here.
build a u-basket which I fill with combination of briquette and lump......
make sure you dont go too deep with material else temps can soar.
otherwise can have 16 hour cooks easily with no refills
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