Using Minion Method in my new Charcoal Basket?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dburne, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. dburne

    dburne Meat Mopper

    Hey everyone,

    Today I received my new charcoal basket from Horizon, for my OKJ Longhorn Offset.

    I have been using the minion method, but only on my fire grate so was limited to how much charcoal I could put on.

    Now I will not be limited, this charcoal basket will hold quite a bit.

    I will be doing a spare rib smoke Sunday - app 6 hours - I normally start with about 15-20 lit coals on top of the unlit ones, only thing I am wondering, is how many unlits should I attempt to put in the basket? Will having too many unlit make the heat higher than I would want?

    I appreciate any advice !

    Last edited: Aug 30, 2013
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Until you run it a bit, it will be hard to tell. With minion I only used 4 to 5 lit coals to my pile. You just gonna have to see how your temps are going to be and adjust for your future smokes. My old ECB with a full pan and mods could go 450º, great for steaks, but not for smoking.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2013
  3. dburne

    dburne Meat Mopper

    Ok that certainly makes sense, thanks Flash.

    I will start with maybe a third more than I would normally start with on the fire grate, hopefully will be a good starting point for me.



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