if offset smokers are meant to be wood burners, why do we still use charcoal??

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by zardrel, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. zardrel

    zardrel Fire Starter

    i know charcoal is awesome for ribs(mmmmmmmm tasty!!) but its alot of ash, even with lump charcoal its ashes. if offsets have a side fire box door, then the advantage is that you, can load the logs into the cooker from the side. but why charcoal?? whats the point of it in stick burners?? im a teen and i have no clue why you use charcoal to start a fire, instead of kindling, tender and fuel. please help me under stand
  2. Hello and welcome to the forum, Great place to learn and share and a bunch of good people.

    Gary S
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sometimes it's a matter of what the chef prefers and other times it's a matter of what the pit prefers.
  4. Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  We look forward to your contributions.



    This is Roll Call.  Just a place to say "Hello".  The two posters above have much more to say.  They each REALLY know their stuff.  I think they held back because it is Roll Call.  Post your question in the Charcoal Smokers Forum and you will learn all you want to know.  Keep Smokin!


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