Mixing Lump and Briquettes?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by nysmokes, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. nysmokes

    nysmokes Fire Starter

    Does anyone do this? It seems most people are lump fans, and I have never used lump charcoal (still a beginner). Would like to try, but I have a lot of Kingsford left and wondered if you ever mix the two?

  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Get a beer in your hand and go for it.
  3. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I did this just this evening, try it.
  4. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Did it this weekend when i did not have enough lump on a roast i smoked..If i Minnion method on WSM i usually start middle of ring with lump and pack the rest with unlit natural briquetts.
  5. mgnorcal

    mgnorcal Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I did it a few times then quit.
    Each fuel seems to respond a little differently to changes in air supply and it seemed harder to dial-in the temp I wanted with them mixed.

    But this is in a WSM where the airflow is choked back pretty severely by design, so it might not be noticeable in other cookers with more airflow.
  6. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had a few leftover briquettes a few weeks ago, and mixed them with lump when I smoked a pork loin on the WSM, didnt notice any difference in taste, or temperature. THe mix was probably 85% lump, and 15% kingsford briquettes.
  7. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I mix them all the time...I think they compliment each other....
    I don't actually MIX them....I just add a scoop of one, then a scoop of the other, etc.

    I seem to add the LUMP when I add wood and it really puts a punch to the smoke!!
  8. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    I don't like the smell when briquettes start up, so I don't put unlit briquettes in my charcoal basket.

    Until recently, I was using them to start things off though. But last time they wouldn't light on a humid day while lump started easily. And I find we like the flavor of grilled food better with lump too! So the briquettes, after this bag is finished, will fade into the past.
  9. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have done it, worked fine. Go for it!
  10. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It works fine. I bought lump to start with and found one of the bags had either huge or tiny pieces in it, nothing in between. I used the huge pieces by themselves then went out and bought brickettes. I'm using mostly the brickettes and throwing in some of the tiny pieces of the lump.
  11. budlighting

    budlighting Fire Starter

    lol,and this works with about anything[​IMG]
  12. speedway73

    speedway73 Fire Starter

    I've been using a 60/40, 70/30 mix of Kingsford and lump.

    Works 4 me.

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