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Bob G
06-22-2010, 09:23 PM
I am new to cooking with an offset and was wondering if ya'll put the food on after your charcoal has ashed or let the cooker preheat?

Thanks for any info.

MilitantSquatter
06-22-2010, 09:25 PM
yes.. let the cooking chamber get up to desired cooking temp (or better yet over).. your fuel should be clean burning at this point.

this was when put the meat on, temps won't drop too low.

KSims1868
06-22-2010, 09:32 PM
I like to let the coals settle and hold a consistent temp on both temp gauges (even if at different temps) for 20 minutes or so. THEN I feel comfortable that the temp has stabalized and I can put my meat on.

This is on a UDS (not an off-set) but I think the theory is still the same and applies.

Bob G
06-22-2010, 09:35 PM
Thanks for the responses, I thought that is what everyone does, but wanted to make sure.