Stirring the coals

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by nh3b's, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. nh3b's

    nh3b's Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    When burning charcoal or lump, do you shake or stir the coals during a burn? If so, how often?
     
  2. smok'n steve

    smok'n steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't do either, but occasionally if I am at the end of a smoke and i don't want to add more fuel, I will rake hotcoals all to one spot to gain on heat:)
     
  3. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have. If I am doing a long smoke and ash is building up, I have even removed the firebox and dumped the coals on a grate. Sift out the ash and returned to firebox.
     
  4. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    just like flash.......i stir and sometimes shake and/or dump the coals, when i get ash buildup.........it chokes off the air circulation in my verticle ecb gourmet........
     
  5. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yup I'm with flash & dude during a long smoke
     
  6. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    i also don't like the way my fire pan is setup in my ecb gourmet.........so i plan on drilling 1/2 inch holes in several places in the bottom of it........so the ash buildup does'nt get so bad
     
  7. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    I was gonna say yes and no. On my ECB, yes, it smothers bad like others said. On the SnP, no, the grate is high enough that I can go 12 or so hours without ash buildup problems. Much like steve, I occasionally do take a stick and shuffle coals to clump them together.

    EDIT: Dude, I drilled holes in the bottom of my ECB. Go bigger than 1/4 inch for sure. That's what mine are and they need to be bigger, I think 1/2 inch may even be a bit small, but you can always make them bigger.
     
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What Walking Dude said... it helps the air circulation and helps prevent smothering out the burn.
     
  9. low&slow

    low&slow Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Same here. I can go about 10-12 hours. The side door on the snp makes ash removal easy.
     

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