Poor Lump Charcoal Performance?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by undertakingyou, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. I have a WSM 22.5" smoker. The first few times that I used it I just used Kingsford Charcoal Briquets and some pecan wood I had at the house. It worked great. In fact, it burnt hot enough I had to close the dampers down almost all the way, and it burnt for eight or nine hours.

    I then bought some Ozark Oak lump charcoal. Everything that I read said that once you use Lump Charcoal you will never go back to briquets. But every since I have used it I have struggled to keep the heat. I can barely keep it to 200 degrees, even with the dampers fully open. Every 15 minutes or so I have to open it up and stoke the fire. It seems like the lump needs a lot more air.

    So, two questions: Is it just that Ozark Oak lump is really worthless? Or is there a trick to getting lump to burn better in the WSM's?


  2. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Ozark is a good quality lump (at least it used to be). I don't have a WSM so I can't answer the second question.
  3. The Ozark Oak was highly rated, and so I have been surprised by what I am seeing as poor performance. If anyone has any thoughts on how to keep it burning in a WSM that would be much appreciated.

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