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Hey all. First time posting! So I got my first Kamado, a standard size classic Kamado Joe about six months ago. Loving it, but still working on getting my smoke technique right. Seems to be the main challenge with a Kamado as opposed to other types of smoker, as its hard to get the wood to burn hot enough to produce nice quality smoke without it burning out too quick or spiking the temperature. It's definitely possible and I have achieved it from time to time but consistency definitely seems to be something everyone struggles with, judging from the amount of posts on the topic and the huge variation in techniques. Anyway, I had a thought. Would it be possible to produce charcoal that wasn't quite finished combusting, so that a certain percentage of the tasty non-carbon wood compounds remained? Just enough that you could simply use this instead of regular lump + regular wood, and you'd be pumping out a small but consistent amount of wood smoke throughout the burn? No more fretting about chunks vs chips, where to place and whether & how to add partway through. Plus no worries about either sudden belching of thick smoke or its total disappearance! Or am I misunderstanding the process, and any such 'incomplete' charcoal, while producing some smoke, wouldn't necessarily be producing the right type to make those butts delicious?
I noticed a weird chemical smell when lighting my lump charcoal. I used a lighter cube and was lighting mainly previously used coals with a little bit of new on top. I am using Frontier Brand lump. I know the lighter cube puts off a little smell, but this time it was different. It also lingered after the cube was gone and could smell it coming out of the grill. The smell went away once I put oil on the grates and put food on. Any idea what could have caused this? I didn't see any foreign debris come out with the coal. Thanks in advance.
My local Costco hosted the KJ Road Show last weekend and I happen to stumble by and meet Dave (socaldave) the KJ rep. Obviously I really don't need another kamado but it was nice to shoot the breeze with Dave and admire the Joes. The one thing I did buy was a 2 pack of KJ Restaurant Grade Lump Charcoal. Today I had a chance to open them up and put them in my KJ can. Here is what the bag looks like. I put both bays side by side and cut off the tops. Bag 1 Bag 2 I did a quick sort to get a better look at the mix. Here is bag 1. Bag 2. Conclusion before putting fire to it. I looks good but one bag had decidedly bigger pieces than the other. Bag 1 looks to be 20% large, 20% medium, 55% small and 15% tiny / dust. Bag 2 looks to be 30% large, 35% medium, 20% small and 15% tiny / dust. Your results may differ but that was mine.