Offset smoker fuel: charcoal or wood?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by daniels, May 11, 2016.

  1. In doing some reading I saw in a book where it talked about using lump charcoal in an offset smoker like that was the standard fuel for offset smokers.  Prior to that I had thought wood was the standard fuel for offset smokers.

    With an offset smoker do you just pick whichever fuel you want?

  2. phatbac

    phatbac Smoking Fanatic

    You can use charocal in a smoker. I use charcoal in my smoker to get the fire going and for heat at the beginning, If i were to use exclusively lump charcoal i would use a a couple bags at least for a short smoke. I just put on hot coals in a basket then put wood on top. besides good wood around where i live is cheaper than bags of charcoal and gives a better flavor.

    here is my smoker using some charcoal at the bottom to get the sticks going.
  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ^^^^^ I use about 2/3 basket of RO lump to get a good bed of coals and add wood splits for cooking. When the CC temp is at my cooking temp, I add another couple of pre-heated splits, a few chunks of flavor wood and put my meat in to cook. From then on, it's all wood. I think that pre-heating the splits is one of the best tools for good heavy management.

    An Offest Smoker is called a "stick burner" for a reason.

    Good luck and good wood smokin', Joe. :grilling_smilie:

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