What type of charcoal should I use? HELP a new guy out.

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by codydunmire, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. I am currently using a brinkmann smoke n grill upright waterpan smoker. What type of fuel should i use? Charcoal briquettes or hardwood lump charcoal? What are the main difference between the two of them? I am very new to smoking and i just want to try to avoid making mistakes. I am currently using briquettes. I didnt even know there was different types of charcoal until just a couples weeks ago. Please help me with whatever advice you have to offer.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2015
  2. riverturd

    riverturd Newbie

    I'm still being bottle feed but from what I read and hear briquettes r full of nasties where lump charcoal is all natural clean burning burns a little hotter and faster. I use royal oak lump charcoal. Hope this helps. I have a Wsm 22.5
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2015
  3. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've used KBB for years & still tickin.... I also drink a few beers ! No matter what ya do these days, it seems it isn't right.... Everything's bad for ya ! LOL.
  4. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The better brands of briquettes have less nastiness on startup. Some people light them in a separate fire then re-stoke the smoker with already-lit coals. Still, lump is a cleaner burn.

    Briquettes offer uniform size. Lump can have random sizes and that can make it difficult to load well.
  5. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    KBB is half off this week..... lowe's & HD

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