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Fire box

I need to smoke a butt for long periods. What is considered the top of the fire box. How much charcoal do you need to cook for 10 hrs? Thanks
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  • hankhank Posts: 84
    There are two "inserts" in the egg. The lower, bowl-shaped part is the firebox and the upper, ring-shaped piece is the fire-ring. A full fire-box will probably last you at least ten hours on a low and slow cook.
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  • hankhank Posts: 84
    There are two "inserts" in the egg. The lower, bowl-shaped part is the firebox and the upper, ring-shaped piece is the fire-ring. A full fire-box will probably last you at least ten hours on a low and slow cook.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,788
    bama1,
    i fill half way up the ring that sits on the fire box. that will get you there

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  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,168
    bama1,[p]Like the man with no fish said, I fill mine to the middle of the ring - the uppermost ceramic insert piece.[p]Also, depending on the size of your butt, I would think you will need to plan on a bit more than 10 hours. Filled to the middle of the fire ring should get you at least 25 hours at 250.
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  • bama1,[p]Fire box = bottom piece (aligns with lower vent).[p]Fire ring = top piece 'ring'[p]For long cooks I have filled to the top of the ring. (top of the top) - possibly a bit too much lump but it works.
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  • HaggisHaggis Posts: 998
    bama1,[p]How high you need it depends partially on how good or how bad your charcoal is. If you are using a heavy/dense lump like Wicked Good, you can get away with less. Royal Oak seems to be a good measure and filling as the others suggest will easily go ten hours. In any case it doesn't hurt to load it up since anything left is re-usable.
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  • bama1,[p]10 hours is no problem at all. Regardless of how long I think I might need to cook, I fill my XL up to the top of the fire box (bottom of the fire ring). I've done some very large briskets for 20+ hours and still had half the charcoal left. Then next cook you just stir the remaining coals around so the ashes drop through. Then top off with fresh lump.
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