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Old 04-28-2009, 05:51 PM   #11
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Actually, soaking isn't necessary. Chunks provide better flavor than chips I have found out through the smoking process. I do put apple juice in my pan and next time I may try a cheap bourbon in with the juice.

Isn't there a YouTube video of you "chawing" on a piece of wood, SRL?
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:51 PM   #12
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Well, maybe just one or two.
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:56 PM   #13
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You don't really "taste the briquettes", right?
Right! Briquettes generally produce no smoke! Lump Charcoal on the other hand does produce a small amount of smoke...The wood itself (of any kind) produces the most.

LT72884...If the charcoal you bought today is briquettes (I assumed lump from the picture) There will be almost no smoke...If it is lump...there will be a small amount of smoke...Over a long period of time it will mount up. Whether you can "taste" it at all is your call!

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Old 04-28-2009, 06:42 PM   #14
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UB, it is lump charcoal. i just went and lit a couple of pieces in the chimney and it has very little smoke that i could see and low ash.. Hopefully its a small enough amount not to worry bout.

Now i just need to light some cowboy charcoal and compare the smell of it lit. then ill know for sure..
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:52 PM   #15
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Mesquite Lump Charcoal burns very hot...I've eaten Grilled rib-eyes cooked with it with no offensive (to me) flavor. On BBQed (long cook times) meats cooked with it I can detect the fact it is mesquite. Mesquite, Hickory and possibly a couple of others are the only ones I can pick out of the "line up" in a blind taste test!!

You're right!! Don't worry about it!!

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crap. I hope it doesnt taste like mesquite... ill find out tomorow. if it does ill use it for grilling.
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:25 PM   #17
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crap. I hope it doesnt taste like mesquite... ill find out tomorow. if it does ill use it for grilling.
Again...don't worry about it! Do your thing! You may actually like it! A lot of people like Mesquite, and Hey!! That's Ok!

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LT - I know UB will agree with this - - - if you put a hunk of meat in the smoker and cook it low and slow it WILL turn out wonderful!!!!! Even using absolutely no flavored woods it would still turn out!
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:20 PM   #19
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i know i just wanted some lump to help with heat and keep the fuel burning a lil bit longer than 1.5 hours. I hate adding more fuel every bloody hour or so. hahaha.

my smoker has no vents to control air flow. So i might need to mod it so it does. It has a 1 inch hole in the bottom of the coal pan and the lid has a 1/8th inch gap between it and the walls of the smoker..
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My first smoker only had a little vent right on top. More smoke poured out the gap between the lid and the smoker. It will be fine! You need a shoulder rub to relax about this! Don't stress. The only thing that will make you mad is that you haven't done this sooner. You will realize how easy it truly is!
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