Using logs for smoking??

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by merlin, May 10, 2015.

  1. as of now I use Lump charcoal. Brands such as Royal Oak, Cowboy (I know it sucks) and Frontrier.  However I don't feel like my coal burns hot enough nor does it burn long enough.  I was thiking about switching to using Logs but didn't know if this was a good idea. and if it was what kind of wood should I use?  Hickory, or anything that I usually smoke with?  Some Oak logs?  Does this make a lot of white smoke?  Can I lay chunks of the wood I prefer to smoke with on top of the logs?  Basically I just want to start using longs cause of the heat factor.  Any help would be great thanks.
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What type of smoker?  Offset?  Brand?  Folks with same equipment will be best able to help you. 
  3. Im very sorry I should have specified.  I currently am using an Oklahoma Joe Offset smoker.  THe larger one of the 2 that they have I think.
  4. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Yes, logs are great to use with your smoker...probably best in fact. You can start with charcoal and add a couple of logs, then maintain with logs. Hickory, oak, pecan and fruit woods are all great choices. 
  5. Thanks Sticky Fingers.  I'll be sure to do just that.  any other advice while using logs in my smoker?
  6. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Do the logs ignite quickly? Or do you mix some splits in with the logs? I am using an offset Bell 24"x48". Every little bit of help is appreciated. Joe
  7. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The splits should be sized to fit you fire box, in my CharGriller I use 12" splits.

    Always keep a clean hot fire, don't let the wood smolder.

    When I add a split to the fire I keep the SFB door open until the flame is well developed.

    A fire like this will keep your cook chamber temps around the 275°- 300° range, perfect temps IMHO. YMMV.

    I start with about a chimney and a half of fully lit lump charcoal and heat the splits in the SFB before adding them to the fire so they will start burning quickly


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