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uncbbquncbbq Posts: 165
edited 3:10AM in EggHead Forum
I did two 7.5 lb. butts overnight and they turned out beautifully, but I used a firebox full of lump. It was Wicked Good Comp. Blend; I estimate about 5-6 lbs, filled to at least the bottom of the fire ring. Large egg, used Guru, thankfully, because when I got up this morning the fan was going constantly maintaining the temp. at 260.
Is this an excessive amount to burn? I was expecting much less consumption, particularly with WGCB lump.
Is is possible that my large drip pan (14.5 inch pizza pan) is causing more fuel to be consumed? I can't see how, but that's all I can come up with. Incidentally, ambient temp about 40 deg.
I just know there is no way this could have gone to 20 or 24 hours. Total duration as it was--15 hr.


  • ronbeauxronbeaux Posts: 988
    I'm sure no expert on lump, but it has happened to me as well. Same lump, different day. I guess lump brands all have bad days.

  • egretegret Posts: 4,110
    I did the identical cook using the same charcoal filled close to the top of the fire ring and my fire ran for about 20 hours at a dome temp. of 250 degrees. The butts were ready to pull at 19 hours, and afterwards, I stirred the coals and still had almost half the charcoal left. Don't have an answer to your question, but it could be your dome temp. was a little high and/or your thermometer was reading a little low. And, it could be none of those things.....this has been known to happen on occasion for unexplained reasons.........BTW, I typically use a pizza pan lined with foil for a drip pan when I'm using the plate setter.

  • uncbbquncbbq Posts: 165
    Thanks for the input. Perhaps I was running a little hotter than I thought. But...who knows? It is good to know that you get good results with a pizza pan. It surely does keep things cleaner.

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