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Royal Oak charcoal seems to be fussy and difficult staying a consistent burn to maintain temp where as the Kingsford long burn is ideal for temp control. Just tickle the damper a little.
 

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Looks good! Cool.lil smoker. Never seen one of those.
 
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ive never had good results with royal oak in a long smoke... too much burn inconsistency... burns hot then cools or burns hot and fast etc. kingsford has a lump coal charcoal that is shaped as briquets that i want to try in my smoker to see how it performs. ive used it grilling and was pleased, just dont know the long term burn time of it yet.
 
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What sort of temp differential do you see from the top grate to the bottom grate?

i'm with you on the royal oak as well, i wont use it any longer, I either use Fogo or Komado Joe charcoal now.
 
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What sort of temp differential do you see from the top grate to the bottom grate?

i'm with you on the royal oak as well, i wont use it any longer, I either use Fogo or Komado Joe charcoal now.
Sorry I missed this post.
Half way thru cooking I swap the meat on the top shelf with the meat on the bottom shelf. Leave the middle rack be.
 

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Sorry I missed this post.
Half way thru cooking I swap the meat on the top shelf with the meat on the bottom shelf. Leave the middle rack be.
haha no worries man, almost a year to the date I posted it =)

Its important to figure that stuff out, I hosed myself doing my first big turkey last Christmas. I just tossed it on and left it to do its thing. It ended up being done on one side, but the other was about 10* under cooked! So now i rotate the bird every hour and they come out great.
 
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