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Sugar maple charcoal

Trying out a method of using maple embers for smoking.  First I split well seasoned air dried sugar maple and cross cut into manageable 3" chunks to fit inside my charcoal chimney.  I fire up and allow the wood to burn down to glowing charcoal making a small amount of smoke.  I dump the fire into the smoker and set up for indirect heat with drip pan.  With cool weather here I'm able to keep the smoker between 100 and 170 degrees.  I usually need to make 2 loads of maple embers to get 2 hours of smoking in.  Results have been very good.  Maple is a mild smoke.  I finish cooking in the egg with charcoal lump the same as I normally set up with a wrap stage taking 4 hours total.     

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  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,288
    Neat idea and ribs look great!

    I did something similar with Biolite firepit. After the fire died down, used embers for quick cook. May have to try your chimney+egg technique.



    canuckland
  • shtgunal3
    shtgunal3 Posts: 5,574
    Nice color on the pork

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  • CTMike
    CTMike Posts: 3,238
    Nice - but it may be more cost effective to order some of this from your local Ace Hardware:



    Unless you’re in it for the fun factor also.

    I’ve used the above charcoal - great stuff. 
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  • loco_engr
    loco_engr Posts: 5,751
    CTMike said:
    Nice - but it may be more cost effective to order some of this from your local Ace Hardware:



    Unless you’re in it for the fun factor also.

    I’ve used the above charcoal - great stuff. 
    My local Ace (Leavenworth KS) doesn't stock and after calling their national customer service . . . doesn't seem possible for them to get on account different warehouses . . . :|
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