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mdozier said:B. The more mid-sized and smaller pieces (discounting dust) gives more fuel per volume and thus longer burn times overall.
B. The more mid-sized and smaller pieces (discounting dust) gives more fuel per volume and thus longer burn times overall.
Been gone while this thread was building - but have to chime in at the end. I believe for Low and Slow - the selection of the charcoal is paramount. When your cooking at 350 and up for an hour or two - most any charcoal will work.
I don't panic with a big piece of charcoal in a bag - back when I was a WGWW fan - would get some big pieces - just bust them up.
Given the alternative - I can bust a big piece apart - cant glue small pieces back together.
I don't want all large - or all small. A slow cook with big pieces only is probably going to core at 3 in the morning.
I want a mixture, larger pieces with some medium size to fill in the gaps and give me bulk. If you load only larger pieces, you will not have as much charcoal. A good charcoal should give me a 20 hour cook if I set it up correctly.
just my thoughts ( though clouded still from the weekend in Napa)
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