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The Fuse or Ring method

Post  Blaq Sun on Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:15 pm

Has anyone tried using the fuse method instead of the minion method? What kind of results did they get? How long? What temps etc?

Notice any advantages/disadvantages?

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Re: The Fuse or Ring method

Post  Urban Griller on Sun May 27, 2012 8:25 am

Well yes, in fact I'm doing a test today:

I needed to burn in my new ProQ Excel 20, so I thought Id experiment a little at the same time!
Ive used this Fuse method before in Kettles, so I was keen to see how it translates to the ProQ. For the purposes of this test, I left everything out of the inside.
I lay a fuse of two Heat Bead briquettes, with another row resting on top.



I sprinkled some woodchip on top and lit 15 briquettes in a chimney.



I used ten of the lit briquettes to light the fuse. Then re-assembled the ProQ.







Fifteen minutes later I did a quick temperature check.



And check with the Green Thremaprobe Andy Annat gave me last year.



And a quick look inside:



An hour and a half from the start and here is where we are sitting:











Confident that we are all travelling OK, its down to the pub for me for some chilli beer!



Another temperature check 5 hours since lighting the fuse.






We are about a quarter of the way through the fuel load.





More Tomorrow!

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Re: The Fuse or Ring method

Post  Urban Griller on Mon May 28, 2012 4:56 am

Part Two:

7 hours in from the start:





The ProQ is in full sun now and even though its a cool winter afternoon here, the ambient temperature is having an effect!



While we are here this is the vent setup for the entire test:





9 hours from the start (and just before I went out to dinner).







Home from dinner, its dark now, so Im using the flash, 12 hours from the start.





I went to bed at the 15 hour point, ambient temp had dropped to a chilly 17C, had a quick look at the temperature, sitting at 210C.


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Re: The Fuse or Ring method

Post  Urban Griller on Tue May 29, 2012 12:07 am

And here is what was left in the morning:





Looks like the last couple in the run collapsed!

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Re: The Fuse or Ring method

Post  Urban Griller on Wed May 30, 2012 12:08 am

The second Test Cook.

I thought I'd go one step further and do a test with the ProQ loaded up a bit.





Same thing, I lit 15 beads in a chimney and started the fuse with ten beads once they were lit.



Then Set up the ProQ with the water pan, added 9 litres of Hot water, then a simulated Brisket (cold) and on the next layer, simulated ribs using cold water.





Half an hour after closing the lid and the Temperature has settled:



It's 5pm (an hour after the start) and the ambient temp is falling, it's 16C at the moment.



A quick look at the fire!



Two hours from the start (and the light is fading):



The Temp of the simulated ribs is good, I'm happy with that given the temp of the ProQ.



Three hours from the start, it's dark now and the ambient is down to 6C.



I'm happy with this as there are a lot of things I cook at this kind of temperature! But I will do another couple of tests looking for the more standard BBQ temperatures of 100C (215F) and 160C (325F).

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Re: The Fuse or Ring method

Post  Blaq Sun on Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:22 am

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the comprehensive input!

You are a star Smile

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