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Briquettes or Lumpwood???

Post  All Weather Griller on Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:25 am

having spent a lot of time looking into which is the best fuel, I thought I would use my opening line to the forum to ask...

What is the best fuel Briquettes or Lumpwood?

Most of what I have read would suggest that Lumpwood is cleaner, has less polutents and doesn't disflavour the food. My personal experience tells me that lumpwood wood does create a richer smokier flavour. However when I adjust the usage of chips or chunks I can achieve a taste that is hard to distinguish.

I would be happy to hear anyones opinion on fuel types.

One final point if you know of a good fuel to use please let me know. If it breaches the rules on advertising please feel free to send me a PM.

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Re: Briquettes or Lumpwood???

Post  Don Marco on Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:30 am

Welcome !

I use lump charcoal almost only for direct grilling where i need clean high heat for a short time.
Otherwise, for indirect grilling and smoking i prefer high quality briquettes.
Cheap ones often have nasty fillers or are made from brwon coal with a high sulfur ratio.

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Re: Briquettes or Lumpwood???

Post  Mack on Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:48 pm

The best fuel I've found here in the UK are the briquettes made from coconut husks, the best properties of both lump and charcoal briquettes in one product (I still use a restaurant grade lumpwood, but only for grilling steak, the only thing I grill these days).

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Post  ILBBQS.com on Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:37 pm

I was a loyal Kingsford Briquette fan for years...then discovered lump and rarely look back.

Though the Lump tends to burn faster and hotter, it makes for a much easier clean-up than the Kingsford...the ashes are not nearly as dense in quality or quantity.

So, whether direct grilling or slow smoking, I have been converted to a lump fan. Only get the Kingsford when I cannot get the lump in my hometown.

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Re: Briquettes or Lumpwood???

Post  Ozz on Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:20 am

Exclusively lump. Briquettes have filler and binding agents that IMHO cannot but affect the end product in some way.
Here in Canada - Toronto more specifically - I use Basques or Maple Leaf charcoal. Both are 100% hardwood. Maple Leaf is the best. You get it at Rona Home & Garden Centers.

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Re: Briquettes or Lumpwood???

Post  Mack on Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:17 am

Ozz, if we could get some decent stuff over here, we wouldn't have to use briquettes. I had the chance to use some Basques in Barrie last year, really good stuff, plus Jean-Claude is a great guy to deal with.

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Post  bowhnter on Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:50 am

I use a combination of briquettes (1/3) and lump (2/3) for the smoker. I use the briquettes to kind of fill in the holes as well as that is what I light to begin with to dump on top for the minion method.
Using lump I also use less wood chunks.

For grilling hot and fast, I use lump, for other indirect grilling I use briquettes.

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Post  Ozz on Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:37 pm

Mack wrote:Ozz, if we could get some decent stuff over here, we wouldn't have to use briquettes. I had the chance to use some Basques in Barrie last year, really good stuff, plus Jean-Claude is a great guy to deal with.
I was wondering that myself. Hardwoods must be difficult to find in the UK and Europe. Here we have such an abundance that we take it for granted.

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Re: Briquettes or Lumpwood???

Post  All Weather Griller on Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:00 pm

Mack wrote:The best fuel I've found here in the UK are the briquettes made from coconut husks

Mack what are these called and where do you get them from.

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Re: Briquettes or Lumpwood???

Post  Mack on Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:53 am

Adie, we sell them online here http://www.essentialbbq.co.uk/product.php?cat=Accessories&productID=34829 , but as they are quite heavy most of the cost is in shipping... I waiting for a new source to give me some pricing on a similar, but better product, so I'm hoping we can get the price down.

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Post  All Weather Griller on Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:20 am

Will you be having a stand in June? If so are you likely to be bringing any bits?

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Post  Mack on Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:34 am

We will have stand, what bits are you looking for?

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Post  All Weather Griller on Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:38 am

Just new things like the coconut briquettes, grape leaves, etc. Anything that might look interesting to try really. I hope the evnt is definately on because I booked our accomodation this morning Laughing we'll be down Friday Afternoon through til Sunday Morning.

Is it just a one day event?

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Post  Mack on Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:06 am

As far as I know, the event is definitely on and the BBQ event is a one day part of the village festival, so there should be loads to see and do.
I will bring some goodies along for you... tell me a bit more about the grape leave recipe (I'm intrigued).

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Post  All Weather Griller on Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:23 am

Its called Vietnamese Beef Rolls

There are a few variations of it here is one: http://www.recipezaar.com/25422

Jamie Purviance did it on a Gas weber Q but I would like to do it over coal, here is the weber nation link too: http://www.webernation.com/channel/ > grilling classes > Vietnaese beef Rolls

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