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Old 08-07-2008, 02:22 PM   #1
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How much wood do you use?

If you are using lump for temp and wood for flavor/heat how much wood do you use? Do you just throw on a few chunks at the beginning of the cook or do you continuously keep putting wood on for flavor?

Do you stick burners burn all wood for a cook or do you go with some lump to keep from over smoking the food?
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Usually I use about 3 or 4 chunks of wood. I put them on at the beginning of the smoke and once they're gone I just let the charcoal do the rest.
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:30 PM   #3
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I keep adding wood as needed.
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On any given long burn I always have a little wood left that did not burn up.

I only use 3-4 chunks right at the beginning.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:03 PM   #5
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I use wood until the temps in the meat are done, usually 2-3 chunks per 1/2 hour
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:00 AM   #6
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on my WSM's I use 4 chunks or so

In my stick burner, I light a chimney of charcoal company as the initial bed and then throw a few sticks of kindling to get the temps up in the pit...from then on I use whatever free wood I can get...around here it is mostly maple, oak...sometimes I come across hickory. I am getting a pallet of applewood today or tomorrow!! But it is all wood from start to finish!
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:25 AM   #7
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I use 5-6 chunks for butts and briskets, 3-4 for ribs and turkey and 2-3 for chicken. I use hickory almost exclusively, but sometime I'll use fruit woods and use the same amounts. I never add additional wood when cooking on the WSMs or Primos.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:32 AM   #8
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I have a small stick burner...and use charcoal for heat and wood for flavor..Depending on what I cooking dictates how much and what type I use...I go by time more so than amounts.
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Someone said that wood smoke only permeates the meat until it reaches 140 or 160, then you are wasting it... I can't remember exactly...
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:03 AM   #10
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I have a WSM, and always use the Minion Method to light it, except I pile the lit charcoal at one side. I generally use 2-3 chunks of wood (a little smaller than baseball size), with one going on the lit coals, and the others spaced through the charcoal so they'll burn as the fire progresses through the pile of charcoal.
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