How do I light my Barrel House Cooker?
- LIGHTER FLUID: Coat with lighter fluid then immediately light. At 10 minutes, set barrel on base and leave lid open. After 5 to 10 more minutes, close lid.
- TRADITIONAL CHIMNEY: Place 1/3 of the coals in the chimney and set it on the remaining coals and light with paper. After 10 minutes, pour burning coals on top of unlit coals and place barrel on base with lid open. After 10 more minutes, close lid.
Why not let the coals ash over & reach peak heat before cooking?
This unique cooking system controls the burn rate and heat of the coal. It is important to not let the coals burn too long before cooking for most meats or for longer cooks. However, there are some types of meat that respond better to high heat. See our recipes page for instructions and tips for different types of food.
Does my cooker need to be seasoned before cooking?
The cooker has no need to be burned out because there are no harmful chemicals in the barrel due to the process of adhering the porcelain enamel at 1550 degrees. The taste from your very first cook will be incredible because of the meat dripping directly on the charcoal. Seasoning the barrel actually happens quickly on your first use because moisture is trapped inside the barrel and coats everything. We recommend cooking a whole chicken for your first cook to get maximum moisture and seasoning right away.
Is this a slow and low cooker?
The Barrel House Vertical Cooker® is an alternative to slow and low cooking that produces similar or better results with most meats. Hot and fast cooking has become more popular on the BBQ circuit, and the Barrel House Cooker leans more toward that style of cooking. That said, with a few adjustments, you can cook slow and low with great results as well. Simply control the temperature using the vents. Try it out risk free for 30 days, and if the results don't impress you, we'll pay your return shipping and refund your money.
How much charcoal do I need to use with the cooker?
The Barrel House Cooker BHC 14D uses between 4 and 6 pounds of charcoal, while the BHC 18C uses about 8 pounds. We recommend Kingsford Original charcoal, yet other types of fuel can be used. Burning lump coal works very good as well.
How do I use wood with the cooker?
We do not recommend replacing charcoal with wood; however, for an additional flavor profile, you can add small wood chunks (preferred) or chips while meat is cooking. A little bit of wood goes a long way to creating flavor in the enclosed barrel. To add wood, either drop it in from the top, or remove the barrel from the base, add wood on top of the charcoal, then return the barrel to the base. Keep in mind that Kingsford Original Briquettes already produces a mild smoky taste without adding wood.
How do I use lump (hardwood charcoal) with the cooker?
Lump or hardwood charcoal burns a bit hotter than briquettes, but it still produces the same incredible results with a slightly different flavor profile. For additional flavor, small wood chunks can be added to lump during the cook.
Is the cooker portable?
Both the BHC 14D and the BHC 18C are portable, however, the BHC 14D is certainly a bit easier to transport due to it’s latches. Remember, you can use either model as a barrel cooker and/or a hibachi.
How do I use the cooker as a hibachi?
BHC 14D: Fill the deep side of the coal basket no more than 1/4 full. Use the Open Frame and two Half Grates to create the hibachi grill. The feet of the Open Frame securely sit down into the top of the base.
BHC 18C: There are two methods for grilling on the BHC 18C.
- Option 1: Move the charcoal basket to the middle level of the cooker and set it on the H-Frame. Place the Full Grate on the top level of the cooker.
- Option 2: Remove the barrel from the base and set aside. Light a single layer of charcoal and then set the Full Grate on top of the charcoal basket. The parallel supports fit inside the diameter of the basket to hold the grate in place.