charcoal ????

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by chevydude26, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. My father picked me up some Humphrey(i dont think thats how you spell it) when he was delivering @ there warehouse. Its 100% hardwood lump coal. What do yall think? Personally i think it would be better than kingsford or anything compared to kingsford.
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Brand names sometimes don't really matter, but if it's oak lump, should make for a decent flavor without being too overpowering. I do know that lump from mesquite burns wicked hot in comparison to briquettes (not to mention it adds a powerful amount of flavor in a closed cooker), but fire control can bring a learning curve, and for longer smokes, lump alone may not allow you to get enough run time from one basket full in a vertical smoker using the minion method.

    For open grilling with moderate closed-lid times, lump is a nice change, providing a very hot fire for searing, and most any lump will work very well and give a nice flavor, including mesquite.

    Lastly, lump leaves behind far less ash compared to briquettes.

  3. Hello, and Welcome from Texas. This is a great site with worlds of information.

  4. I prefer lump.  I use it with great success using an empty water pan, with a clay flower pot saucer, in a 22.5" WSM.  I have been able to get very long cooks from a full load when cooking in the 225 - 250* range.  The secret is closing the top vents enough that the pit draws very little air thru the bottom and the fire burns VERY slowly. The last butt I did I put on at 9 PM Sat night and pulled it off at 1 PM the next day for pulled pork sliders.  I had the vents open about 5-10% and the top vent closed about 50% and averaged about 230*.  I had lump left over that I could have gone several hours longer but the pork was ready and so was I!  I imagine a pitmaster with an auto temp controller could get even better fuel economy - I run a naturally aspirated pit.  Here's a graph up to 5 AM.  You can see where the fire caught good and I closed the vents.  I lost Bluetooth connectivity because I went to play golf and came back to a pulled pork work of art.  :)

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2013

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