Lump versus Charcoal briquettes

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by pinkmeat, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    I am going to try some lump this weekend. Should I still start it the same way as regular ol' Kingsford (white bag)?

    Usually I put it in the chimney starter with fluid, and wait til they're ready, then cook...with easy/good results.
     
  2. camocook

    camocook Meat Mopper

    skip the fluid,put newspaper under the bottom.
     
  3. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What ^ said, no fluid.
     
  4. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Cool. Thanks....guess I need to buy a paper...
     
  5. I use a big wad of paper towels with a little canola or vegetable oil drizzled on it to help them burn longer. Works good. Burns better and starts quicker, in my opinion.
     
  6. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Two paper towels and a little oil works very good and doesn't leave much behind. Try it and see what you think.
     
  7. camocook

    camocook Meat Mopper

    Gonna try the oil,sometimes the ash can be a pain on breezy days.
     
  8. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Only one way to start charcoal, fast, no lighter fluid, no long wait time, no looking for newspaper, gets 5 briquets to 500 started quick!
     
  9. Now thats the way you do it :p
     
  10. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    I put my chimney on top of my camping stove. Some folks light their chimney with their sideburner on their gas grill.

    Those little BBQ firestarter cubes also work well.
     
  11. roadrunr

    roadrunr Meat Mopper

    nice, a little mapp gas going there...lol
     
  12. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Is there much of a heat difference in lump or briquettes? I would usually use almost an entire weber chimney full to get the smoker going with briquettes, do I still need the same amount of Lump?
     
  13. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lump is quite a bit hotter - however you still need a certain amount for a coal bed whichever ya use. You'll get higher temps in the smoker with lump, however.
     
  14. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the clarification...now to smoke!!!!
     
  15. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Carry on, soldier! [​IMG]
     
  16. exactly what I was going to say!
     
  17. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    AHH, I have been wondering this....thnx
    They sell a good cheap lump at Trader Joes.

    BTW, I use newspaper in my starter chimney with no probs at all...one sheet, one flame usually gets it going...
    I follow that with another one going while the first one starts my smoker bed. I use CHUNK mesquite for more coals and chips for my smoke.
     
  18. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's the way I do it now.
     
  19. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    of course, it also burns up quicker than briquettes. [​IMG]
     
  20. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hia Lisa! Back to the thread... my turkey cooker burner is 100,000 BTU's. Talk about a quick start :{)
     

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