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Old 04-27-2019, 06:32 PM   #1
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Howdy y'all! I posted a quick hit, five basic tips for offset fire mgmt video yesterday on my channel.

However, I still plan to make a full length fire management video (while cooking a brisket) within the next few weeks.

I know there are plenty of offset fire management videos out there, but I want to offer something that will benefit anyone new to offset smokers while also offering some LSG 20" series specifics.

TWO QUESTIONS:

What would you include in an offset fire management video that might not normally get covered in other videos? (i.e. Something often overlooked)

What topics would interest you in a fire management video specific to the new LSGs?

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Old 04-27-2019, 08:33 PM   #2
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One recommendation cut a piece of expanded metal just smaller than the size of your FB burn grate and lay it on the burn grate and your coals won't drop through so quick. Also I have always used KBB charcoal to start my fire and have never had an issue with it not starting my splits within seconds.
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Old 04-27-2019, 08:58 PM   #3
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I would scrap the charcoal altogether personally. I have actually never seen a fire built quite like you had it going in the video. I would take 6 logs, criss cross them, hit them with a weed burner, and call it good. You will get a solid coal bed way quicker than whatever you are doing with lump. I never understood why people waste so much charcoal in a stick burner for really no reason.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:19 PM   #4
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One recommendation cut a piece of expanded metal just smaller than the size of your FB burn grate and lay it on the burn grate and your coals won't drop through so quick. Also I have always used KBB charcoal to start my fire and have never had an issue with it not starting my splits within seconds.
Yes, I need to get the expanded metal ASAP. Will be a big help. KBB will do the job, I just think lump is the better tool.


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I would scrap the charcoal altogether personally. I have actually never seen a fire built quite like you had it going in the video. I would take 6 logs, criss cross them, hit them with a weed burner, and call it good. You will get a solid coal bed way quicker than whatever you are doing with lump. I never understood why people waste so much charcoal in a stick burner for really no reason.
Yeah, I know a lot of guys like doing it this way. The "power" method :) Personally, I am not a fan of propane tanks. It's a pain to me having them lying around taking up space and having to exchange empties. If I had a pickup and a house with property and storage, maybe. But I live in a townhouse with no yard to call my own and a small garage. And worse, no pickup. I don't want propane tanks around. Plus, a chimney of lump might be 50 cents. Not really wasting too much, just a preferred way of starting.
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:23 AM   #5
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Yeah, I know a lot of guys like doing it this way. The "power" method :) Personally, I am not a fan of propane tanks. It's a pain to me having them lying around taking up space and having to exchange empties. If I had a pickup and a house with property and storage, maybe. But I live in a townhouse with no yard to call my own and a small garage. And worse, no pickup. I don't want propane tanks around. Plus, a chimney of lump might be 50 cents. Not really wasting too much, just a preferred way of starting.
^^^ I agree. I’ve always found it very easy to use a chimney of lump, or even briquettes, to start my woodburner. I find it a- helps begin to warm the heatsink formed by all that metal, b- lays down an initial coal bed before any wood is fully burned, and c- works great for lighting the splits very evenly.

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Yes, I need to get the expanded metal ASAP. Will be a big help. KBB will do the job, I just think lump is the better tool.




Yeah, I know a lot of guys like doing it this way. The "power" method :) Personally, I am not a fan of propane tanks. It's a pain to me having them lying around taking up space and having to exchange empties. If I had a pickup and a house with property and storage, maybe. But I live in a townhouse with no yard to call my own and a small garage. And worse, no pickup. I don't want propane tanks around. Plus, a chimney of lump might be 50 cents. Not really wasting too much, just a preferred way of starting.
I rather the weed burner over charcoal, but the propane tank does get to be a hassle. When my new smoker is ready, this time I am going to go with one of the long torches that run off of the small green bottles you can get at walmart. The torch is maybe $50 on amazon. Easier and quicker than messing with charcoal for me. And the plus of no propane tanks to haul around.
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Old 04-29-2019, 05:06 AM   #7
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This is all the fire/coal bed it takes to maintain 250-275 degrees in my 20x42. I’m sure in other smokers it might take 6 logs or a huge coal bed but this cooker is different. I like the chimney of charcoal method. I haven’t seen whether lump or briquettes make a big difference. Either fuel gets the job done for me and my LSG.
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Two questions, since I'm still learning my 20x42.:
What size of chimney? I have the shorter Weber chimney instead of the full size, because it fits easier into the firebox.
Where in the firebox do you build the fire? Against the back, along one side, or in the middle?
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:59 AM   #9
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Two questions, since I'm still learning my 20x42.:
What size of chimney? I have the shorter Weber chimney instead of the full size, because it fits easier into the firebox.
Where in the firebox do you build the fire? Against the back, along one side, or in the middle?

I use the full size Weber chimney with the firebox cooking grate removed. I build my fire close to the right side so I have room on the left to heat up my splits.
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Curious on how the fire placement in the box might affect the draft, temp or how fast it heats up or cools down.
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