The results depend entirely on correctly starting the cooker.
Set intake to closest elevation:
- 0 - 2,000'
- 2,000 - 5,000'
- 5,000 - 8,000'
- 8,000 - 10,000'
Setup starts with the air intake setting. Slide the pin to one of four elevation settings. As desired, the elevation setting can be adjusted to let in more or less air.
Coat with lighter fluid then immediately light. At 10 minutes, set barrel on base and leave lid open. After 10 more minutes, close lid.
Place about 1/3 of the coals in the chimney and set it on the remaining coals. Use paper or lighter cubes to light the chimney. After 10 minutes, pour burning coals on top of other coals and place barrel on base with lid open. After 10 more minutes, close lid.
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 pit environment of the Barrel House Cooker. To add wood, either drop it in from the top or remove the barrel from base, add wood to the charcoal, then reattach the barrel. Keep in mind that Kingsford Original Briquettes already produces a mild smoky taste without adding wood.
Using Lump (Hardwood Charcoal)
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.