Does anybody use just wood?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hilltoppernole, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. My father in law has a lot of oak and cherry wood piled up in his shed. Has been stored high and dry for awhile so should burn pretty easy.

    Thinking instead  of using lump charcoal and wood chunks, use charcoal to start the fire and then go nothing but wood logs the rest of the way.

    Anybody got any tips? Pros/Cons? Suggestions?

    Using a chargriller with a side fire box. Mainly used to smoke pulled pork, ribs and butterflied whole chickens.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When I use my stick burner, wood is all I use.

    However, lump charcoal with wood for smoke work nice as well.
  3. That is what I do with my RF  I'll get started with a little charcoal (Most of the time) then just use splits for

    for the rest of my cook.

  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Same as the above, once I have a coal bed it't all wood splits.

    I used to use a weed burner to start the coal bed with splits, but where I'm at wood is more expensive than charcoal.

    So I make the coal bed with 1 chimney of charcoal then just add a split every 45 minutes to an hour.

  5. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    Yes I agree with everyone else.....I start off with a 1/2 chimney of charcoal then only add wood.
  6. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    Like the rest 1/2 to 3/4 chimney of coal then wood from there on out.
  7. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Yep. Charcoal & Lump to get the wood going and just add sticks from then on.
  8. jake0531

    jake0531 Smoke Blower

    I have the chargriller offset as well and all i use is wood start to finish. I start with maple sticks and oak splits (I can make it rhyme anytime) and then just before I'm ready for meat I put on my wood I'm using for the smoke. Never had an issues.
  9. baylorcooker

    baylorcooker Fire Starter

    Same as many above.... charcoal in chimney to start and add wood throughout the cook
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  10. cats49er

    cats49er Meat Mopper

    Use all wood start to finish. I feel I get up to temp faster with all wood.Flames give off more heat than coals,plus I'm building a good coal bed without using charcoal.
  11. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    I use wood from start to finish. I use a weed burner to light it.
  12. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    I found i had difficulty with starting with charcoal because the chimney wouldn't pour into my firebox well without spilling hot coals everywhere so i bought a charcoal basket for my firebox. now i put a couple splits in my basket and pour hot coals onto it. and then all wood from then on.

    here are some pics

    I got mine on amazon.

    Happy Smoking,

    phatbac (Aaron)
  13. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    A basket is a must for a firebox! I was lucky enough to have something made up in our shop with scrap expanded steel.
  14. This is what I do..use half of chin. to start the wood logs on fire and use logs the rest of the cook.

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