View Full Version : Stickburner Question: Charcoal after wrapping?

10-12-2013, 07:18 PM
Hi All,

I've been thinking about the Stump style smokers vs. Stickburners and was thinking ....
assuming after a few hours of smoke you wrap the meat in foil...

Does it make sense to just switch to charcoal?

I'm wondering for 2 reasons.
- I think it is less expensive that wood
- if you had a Guru or stoker - less tending the fire.

Most likely this is needless complication...
But figured I'd ask.

10-12-2013, 07:35 PM
On stickburner offsets the temp will usually drop off without a log or split burning . Wood burns hotter

10-12-2013, 07:51 PM
If you just want to save fuel after wrapping, there is always the oven. Like Smitty mentioned, the sticks aren't just there for smoke, they are also the heat source.

10-12-2013, 07:56 PM
Ahhhh well that makes perfect sense. Didn't realize charcoal would not be as hot.

Diesel Dave
10-12-2013, 08:51 PM
You can also use woods that aren't good for smoking, just to keep the heat up

10-12-2013, 08:55 PM
Red oak is easy here.
On a side note.

I got to see the lang 36 patio and the meadow creek t120p today in person.
Went to my first bbq competition (spectator). And one of the teams had both.
I really like the meadow creek.
Going to sleep on it a little longer.

Diesel Dave
10-12-2013, 08:58 PM
There ya go.

Good luck on your decision of a new cooker, I prefer the Lang though :shock:

Bob in St. Louis
10-12-2013, 08:58 PM
You can also use woods that aren't good for smoking, just to keep the heat up

Like pine? :shock: :wacko:

Diesel Dave
10-12-2013, 09:03 PM
I guess I should have been more specific, and say to avoid pine. But pine is used for smoking in other parts of the world so???????
As well as cedar and any other aromatic oily wood.

Thanks for calling me out on the Bob

Bob in St. Louis
10-12-2013, 09:06 PM
It's all good Dave.
Had a few beers and was feeling a bit like poking somebody in the ribs. Then you came along.
But I have wondered about pine. Maybe I'll start a thread. haha

10-12-2013, 09:10 PM
Both are very nice.
Lang shipping is $500
Not sure on meadow creek. But I can drive there more easily.
But it is much more expensive..

Pine = funny :)

No creosote producers. Hardwoods only! Ha
(Have a fireplace.. Same type of fire really.)
When the wood is cold or wet or not enough air, bad smoke.
When it is going nice.. No noticeable smoke (ie blue and clean)

Diesel Dave
10-12-2013, 09:12 PM
:thumb: rite on

To both above posts

10-12-2013, 10:30 PM
Whatever makes most sense for you. If you have an oven I would go that route. Why burn more charcoal ? Smoke is already taken in. Once my briskets reach color I wrap them and put them in a roaster. Infuses tons of moisture but maintains the smoke.

10-12-2013, 10:49 PM
If your wood costs you more than charcoal, you need to find a local wood guy. Wood should cost way less to burn. Or keep a close eye on Craigslist. Oak, hickory, pecan, apple, maple etc (vary by location) woods should be very easy to find for little or nothing in cost.