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Old 01-20-2020, 04:16 PM   #24
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I cook on a Joe but not originally reverse. I reversed mine with plates and other method as I posted some time past. I burn mostly oak but occasionally pecan and cherry as well. I agree that small sticks will not do the trick. You have to build a coal bead (to start) and pile on the wood (initially) to build a wood ember base that will catch the added wood on fire quickly. I have taken to placing a PC fan on a box level with the fire box door (open) and having it blow on it for most of the cook. Got to keep adding wood to the Joe to make it perform hot. The last cook (yesterday) consumed most of $15 worth of oak at 1:50 a split to do an 8# brisket. Conclusion: your problem is how you feed your fire IMHO.
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