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  1. #1
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    Default How I light my drum Smoker!

    I start by filling the charcoal basket partially.

    Then I add a stick of wood and fill with the reminder of the 10lb bag of Ozark Oak lump charcoal.

    Then I use my Berzamatic torch to light the top center.

    After getting the coals started I usually leave the lid off to get it going a little more to save the propane.


    The pictures below are Taken from the from of the drum. (where the ball valve is)
    You can see that the stick of hickory is placed to the side and not the front or back.

    In the video I demonstrate the area of which I light it. I actually hold it in one place longer for the heat to really penetrate.

    Holding a camera in one hand and a torch in the other I couldn't reall capture the true technique.










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    Same here but i use a weed burner and light the basket out of the drum.
    Wassup with the stick?
    Do you lay it on top of the lit area?
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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba View Post
    Same here but i use a weed burner and light the basket out of the drum.
    Wassup with the stick?
    Do you lay it on top of the lit area?
    I think he is leavin it in there to burn slowly from the tip in the coal up the piece.

    That berzomatic (or whatever) is friggin nice isnt it? Note to all that want to try this gizmo. I had a bad habit of stickin the nozzle end of the unit into the coals lit and walkin away for a min or 2, leavin it torchin into the center of the coals. The end of the torch started to burn up. Now I handle it the whole time raised up off the coals just like Glued it showing ya. Those propane bottle sure go along way, I just finished my first one and couldnt tell ya how many fires I have lit with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbq bubba View Post
    wassup with the stick?
    Do you lay it on top of the lit area?
    Quote Originally Posted by glued2it View Post
    i start by filling the charcoal basket partially.

    Then i add a stick of wood and fill with the reminder of the 10lb bag of ozark oak lump charcoal.

    Then i use my berzamatic torch to light the top center.
    Why do you light your basket outside the drum?

    Here's a thread that covers the torch,

    Click Here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glued2it View Post
    Why do you light your basket outside the drum?

    Here's a thread that covers the torch,

    Click Here!
    Cause it gives my CHARCOAL a chance to burn off a little.
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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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    That's why I mentioned I leave the lid for a bit.

    It would seem that the charcoal would burn too much being out of the drum.

    How do you keep it from burning too far out or down?

    What about a windy day?

    How much do you have to shut it down to get the temp down.

    How do lift it back into the drum.

    Not trying to knock your method it just seems like a lot of more work and too many varibles for error.
    VDS aka "IT"
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    Oh no, it only burns for a couple seconds.
    Your way is more practical actually.
    I got a big handle on it like a bucket would have.
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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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    Okay, I guess I misunderstood.

    Thanks steve.
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    i need me a flame thrower too pip i want one now to point her in the right direction to this post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    i need me a flame thrower too pip i want one now to point her in the right direction to this post
    Just cook another meatloaf.
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