I have a question for the community about fire construction and how much charcoal I should be using when I set up a cook. I have a KJ Classic III and have been using the SloRoller for all of my low and slow cooks.
On some of my larger cooks (one pork butt, a full brisket, and then two boneless pork shoulders) I have burned through all of my fuel before the cook was done. I filled the standard KJ ash basket with charcoal and then light it up with one KJ firestarter. I was smoking everything at around 250F and followed the heating method described by SmokingDad BBQ on his YouTube channel (it worked well!).
Does anyone have an image of what their charcoal looks like when setting up for a 10lb brisket or pork butt?
This isn't a complete product review...yet. I haven't burned any of these but I will soon and will add to this thread. Hopefully other users will also add their thoughts.
I'm sometimes annoyed at lump charcoal because of either the–
small shards that pack too tight or fall unburned into my Masterbuilt 1050's ash bin
huge chunks that sometimes reduce the heat produced
Briquettes don't usually work out for me because they–
make more ash than I want
usually can't be relit after snuffing
Jealous Devil introduced a line of extra large briquettes. Their web site describes them as, "The same incredibly dense hardwood we use to make our lump charcoal – plus a pinch of plant-derived starch (that is it – Yes, really)." They go in to say that the briquettes have, "Extremely low ash production."
They're certainly larger than Kingsford Originals, and much thicker. I didn't weigh them.
My first use will be in my Masterbuilt 1050. I'll report back on that.