How often do you add charcoal to an ECB?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bpinmi, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. bpinmi

    bpinmi Fire Starter

    First timer here with an ECB. Did the initial seasoning burn today. Was maintaining a solid 250 when I left. Came back 3 hours later from running errands and all but one small lump had burned to ash and temp was down to 150. Did I not have enough charcoal in the pan or is 3 hours just too long to go without adding any charcoal?

    FYI, this was lump charcoal, not briquettes.

    Thank you.
  2. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sorry, but I'm afraid I can't help you--my track record with lump charcoal is in the toilet. But someone will be along who can give you some good advice
  3. flyboys

    flyboys Smoking Fanatic

    Have you done any of the mods to the ECB? As is, they are not very air tight which can cause a quicker burn. Lump is also known for a cleaner, hotter, and faster burn. My experience with lump is also in the toilet, but I have owned an ECB.
  4. bpinmi

    bpinmi Fire Starter

    Yes I have done the basic mods. The one thing I did not do was seal off the perimeter of the lid which seems to have a sizable gap for air to flow through, so perhaps that is the cause.
  5. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I had a brinkmann gourmet which is a grade up from the ECB. But even at that , it's not a smoker you can walk away from. To me , every cook was different. You might go 4 hours on a load of charcoal but you might only go 3 or even 2 ....and in truth I never used lump charcoal in those days.
    My technique was always to get whatever smoke I could from the Brinkmann and then finish the pork butt or ribs in the oven. Chicken was another story. You could cook chicken on that thing like a dream. That's the best thing they do.
    Well , I wish you good luck. Keep us posted.

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