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Maintaining Coal Bed on a Stick Burner

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Posted by Matthew on March 17, 2016 at 14:36:47:

Hi, I'm just getting started with a 36" Lonestar Grillz Offset Smoker. I've had about 10 cooks, and I'm still getting the hang of working with a stick burner.

Can anyone give me some advice about maintaining a solid coal bed? I'm cooking in California where I don't need to battle the elements too much, and I'm finding that the smoker is efficient enough to keep the heat pretty steady without adding too much wood to the fire once it gets going. The problem is, the coal bed starts to become quite small and I am not adding enough wood to replenish it at a fast enough pace.

I've tried starting with 5 lbs of charcoal ignited in a chimney starter to start the fire but, even then, the coals start to get in short supply in a couple of hours once I reach temp since I'm only adding a small log every 30-40 minutes or so.

Any suggestions?

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