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How much Lump charcoal to use? New to the Kamado Joe family

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I have been smoking meats forever, but doing on an electric smoker. Just got my first Kamado Joe. I got a charcoal basket and filled it up before cooking. I was smoking a brisket at 250 degrees for about 9 hours or so and the charcoal was done. Did I need to add more than that basket can fill. I think I did everything else right. Had the bottom vent open about an inch the top value open to the fire line marker.  Its was steady eddy at 250 degrees.  


Need advice

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1 hour ago, GATES1959 said:

One more question.  Should I remove the lower charcoal grate if I am using a basket?

I did, it serves no purpose except someplace for the ash to stack up.  Just shake it out and rake it out the bottom.  So easy, even a cave man can do it, or me, same difference.:rofl:

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