Help with Charcoal amount

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by planedoc1900, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. planedoc1900

    planedoc1900 Newbie

    Hey guys,

    This is my first post and tonight I did my first chicken smoke!

    Question for you all about the amount of charcoal to use? 

    I started with a charcoal chimney worth, placed it in my offset smoker and let it burn for 30 min. I added my chicken and added a few coals about every 30 Minutes. About 3 hours in, I found my smoker temp dropping and my coals cold and ineffective at lighting newly added coals.

    Should i have added more coals at my 30 minute checks or at the start? I didn't want to add to many and worry about the creosote taste. 

    Any help would be great. thanks. 
  2. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Difficult to give a proper response because we don't know what kind of BBQ cooker you are using.

    Generally you should add fully lit coals when needed as opposed to unlit ones.

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