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In Reply to: Charcoal posted by Brad on January 20, 2010 at 17:51:22:
I agree that briquettes burn hotter, but in my experience I've found that with lump it is much easier to control the temperatures in my WSM. Opening and closing the vents produces the desired effect on temperature with lump charcoal.
However with briquettes, once they get lit, they seem to stay lit and burn at an even rate no matter what you do with the intake vents. This often causes my smoker to run too hot without any way for me to cool it down. For that reason, and also due to MUCH less ash produced, I use lump for long cooks.
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