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 Post subject: What is the real difference b/t Lump and Briquettes
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 4:38 pm 
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I've been reading the threads on here so as not to duplicate questions etc, so sorry if this is redundant. I understand the different cosmology between lump and briquettes, but in their application to the GF Stumps system, it "seems" to me that some guys on here indicate that briquettes provide a more uniform approach and less problems with bridging etc over lump. I have been using Royal Oak Lump for years and have had the belief that lump provides more wood smoke than briquettes. I don't know if that is true or a wives tale. I really like heavy smoke and when the wood burns up on the heat source, knowing that lump is still smoking away I have thought adds an advantage. Is this generally true or do briquettes (brands aside for the moment) provide the same level of smoke with their heat?

In my Stumps (I want it so bad) does lump cause problems? Sometimes there are some pretty big pieces in there and there is also a lot of dust at the bottom and really tiny pieces that I would think would fall right through the grate.

Lastly, is the practice of putting wood in the chute common and does it cause bridging problems?

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 Post subject: Re: What is the real difference b/t Lump and Briquettes
PostPosted: December 14th, 2013, 9:16 am 
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I use Royal Oak lump in my Stretch and Jr. Briquette in my Baby. Why? The chute in the Baby is smaller and prone to bridging with lump.

You do get more ash with the briquette. I also agree that you do get a better flavor with lump. But, you see this more with grilling and not with smoking.

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 Post subject: Re: What is the real difference b/t Lump and Briquettes
PostPosted: December 14th, 2013, 11:35 am 
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The BIG DIFFERENCE between lump and briquettes is that briquettes have fillers and binders which are different from brand to brand. Generally, the briquettes leave more and denser ash. As far as flavor? That is a personal matter. ;)

I agree with Bill on the reasons for using the different types in the different Stump's Smokers...the larger the cooker, the larger the chute, the less likely you are to have a bridge with lump. My Baby doesn't like lump except at higher temperatures where it burns faster and falls down in the chute more often, but I still try to use briquettes in the Baby.

I just lit my Junior with lump, running about 225 so we will see how it performs with Lump. This is my first fire in the Junior.

Another personal preference is the use of wood chunks in the chute...People in the shop recommend against it for different reasons (that I can't remember right now), but in MY experience, chunks in the chute are more likely to cause a bridge than lump in the smaller and medium sizes. Stump says that one of the design ideas behind the Monster is that you can use small logs in the chute of the Monster.

When I cooked with Stump in competitions, he never ever put wood in the chute, always in the ash pan.

Hope I covered most of your questions that Bill didn't 8-) :)

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 Post subject: Re: What is the real difference b/t Lump and Briquettes
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Thanks guys, that does help. So is the chute in the Monster really big hence it can handle small logs? I wonder the size of the chute in the XL. Based on Bill's response I should be just fine with lump in the XL. Guess this waiting is going to be the end of me..... :o

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 Post subject: Re: What is the real difference b/t Lump and Briquettes
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So is the chute in the Monster really big hence it can handle small logs?

Partly.

The Monster's chute has a lot more taper, gets a lot wider at the bottom, PLUS, the Monster is a tuning plate smoker as opposed to deflector plates in all of the other Gravity Feed smokers (except the Platinum series, which is reverse-flow). Confused?

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 Post subject: Re: What is the real difference b/t Lump and Briquettes
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That makes sense Bob. Tuning plates you can move around right? The deflector is fixed. The tapered chutes makes sense to, although I wonder why that design couldn't be incorporated into the verticals GF models. Can't wait to start experimenting but it's going to be a longgggg 3 months.

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