To wood or not to wood, how is everyone running their rf offsets?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by isaac, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Hey guys, i have question with regards to fuel, I have a fairly large RF offset i built myself, im used to using charcoal in a basket on my cheap little charbroiler offset i started with. now with my big one it takes soooo much charcoal and time to get it rocking. perhaps i should be using regular fire wood for a fuel source? any tips/ ideas thoughts "wood" help.

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  2. icyhot

    icyhot Smoking Fanatic

    I have a Lang and only use wood. Once u get it up to temp it don't take much wood at all. If it were me and u had a good place to get wood I would just use all wood.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your smoker is built from some pretty thin material... that is causing a lot of heat loss.... You can insulate and over wrap with some thin steel to try and insulate it... You don't have to insulate the entire smoker, just the big areas if you want.... anything will help....
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  4. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    I build fires in my RF offset both ways.  If I'm at a competition, I'll dump a 20# bag of Kingsford in my charcoal basket with a chimney full of lit coals on top.  This takes about 45 minutes to get my 150 gallon RF smoker up to 225 or so, then I close down the intakes and start feeding it wood for the smoke.  The coal base I get from the charcoal gives me a solid steady temp for around 3 hours, along with the hourly stick of wood for the smoke, which allows me to get a little shut eye.  

    Now at home, I'll usually just light one chimney of coals, pour them on my fire grate and spread out, then boyscout stack the firewood on top to get my fire going pretty quickly, but once it's burning and at temp (225 or so), I add 2 sticks about every 45 minutes to maintain during a cook.  

    It really comes down to how you want to cook, there are any number of ways to start and maintain a fire in an offset.  Personally, I don't think either way will get you to temp any faster, but like icyhot stated, if your wood supply is plentiful, then go for it, if not, then charcoal is perfectly acceptable too.  I do suggest investing in a good weedburner, you can use these tools to start your fires, sanitize your grates and heat up your RF plate as well, this will cut down on some of the startup time.   
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  6. Off sets cook best with wood.
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  7. I did one chimny and added wood (beech and maple) to maintain temp for a 8hour pulled pork cook this weekend. Wood is plentiful where I am as I burn as main heat for the house. Worked well and easy to control temp by adding one stick per hour. Thanks guys.

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