Q: Hey Dr. BBQ,
Do you have any suggestions on how I can maintain a longer hotter burn in my fire box? The typical recipes call for 200-220°F for 6-8 hours, and it seems like I need to check or add additional fuel each half hour which sometimes makes the temperature drop below the recommended temperature. I am currently using natural charcoal, and various wood pieces. Should I be using logs for a longer burn? Any thoughts on how large of a fire I should begin with?
A: Hi Pamela,
The nature of an offset cooker is that it needs a lot of attention. Frankly that’s one reason I am not a big fan of them. If you have a heavy and well built one you can extend the burn as it gets warmed up and holds the heat but those home improvement store models are just destined to be a lot of work. I don”t think logs are what you want because the food can easily be over-smoked. Try charcoal briquettes. I know plenty of champions that use that K brand all the time.