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Old 06-03-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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My offset eats charcoal like crazy.....IF I spread it out.

I rarely burn charcoal in it, but if I do, I put it in a Basket.
I made a basket out of expanded metal for the charcoal and
light one end of it only and it majorly cut down the consumption

I prefer wood mostly because it's free and I think it imparts
a better flavor
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:39 PM   #2
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I just re-read your original post and realize that I missed the
issue about not getting temp from the charcoal compared to wood.

Doesn't seem the wood should burn any hotter then charcoal,
unless of course you are keeping the wood "in flames" the entire
time and not letting it go to coals.....
Or the amount of wood you have in there at a time is just much
greater then the charcoal.

If you have your heart set on charcoal, maybe try starting with
a good fire of wood untill you get a nice bed of coals and the
whole cooker is heated up to a nice even temp. and then
try keeping it going the rest of cook with the charcoal.

Beyond that...I guess I'm at a loss
Is this the offset you just recently built?
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