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there are lots of reasons to consider lump. can't think of any to recommend briquettes.
Danny...As the others have said, the briquetts generate SO much ash. Here is a recent example here....I (almost) filled the firebox with lump in preparation for a low n slow pork cook. The cook went 18 hours. I shut the egg down. Next firing of the egg, I knocked the ash out, and re-lit the same lump. We cooked steaks that night. The next night, I repeated...knocked the ash out, and we cooked some boneless thighs. Yesterday...I needed to smoke some Amberjack. I knew I was cooking it a low temps, so I knocked the ash, and relit. 3.5 hour smoking of the fish. ALL these cooks on one load of lump! And as a topper, I opened the bottom vent and pulled off the DFMT to burn off the rest....the Egg still reached over 550*!! This is the honest to God truth! I don't think I could have come CLOSE to that with a full load of briquetts....AT all. Try to convert him! :laugh:
You can't relight briquettes and use them over like you can lump.