Coal BBQ

Coal BBQ

PostBy: loxety On: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:18 am

Seeing as summer is upon is shortly.. thinking about doing some Barbequing. Anyone here have experiences they can share about using coal in their BBQ'er? Thinking about getting on of those Big Green Eggs (Kamado). Think I could run hard coal in it?
loxety
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: NJJoe On: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:27 am

I can't see this being a good idea. In a grill, the coal is directly under the food and imparts its flavors onto the food. Even anthracite has a distinct odor and would foul the food cooking over it. I'd use wood charcoal for this.

Its a different thing to use coal in an oven, ala coal fired pizza. You are using the heat from the coal to create a baking chamber and the combustion gases have a way to evacuate the oven without touching the food.
NJJoe
 

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: Lightning On: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:13 pm

I watched a show about charcoal and found it interesting that they do use anthracite to make charcoal along with wood pulp and other things. Straight ant might not taste right lol
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash


Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: katman On: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:15 am

I have several big green eggs, webber grills & various other smokers. I use lump charcoal in the eggs and most of the other cookers if I am smoking at low temp. Lump also works great for hi heat grilling. I will occasionally use briquettes, but I would never use anthracite--don't think I would like the flavor! Anthracite (and maybe bit) is used in some pizza and bread ovens but I don't think the food is directly exposed to the smoke or flame.
katman
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum
Other Heating: Harman PB 105 Pellet Boiler

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:23 am

I think it would work fine. Coal for fire and 90 weight for BBQ sauce. :P sorry, cant help it , as Ron White says "you have the right to remain silent, but I dont have the ability" :D

Waldo
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Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:01 pm

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: loxety On: Mon May 20, 2013 9:58 am

I've been using coal to BBQ, turns out good. The heat is more consistent then just using charcoal. I'll post some pictures soon.
loxety
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: loxety On: Mon May 20, 2013 10:03 am

Couple pictures of pork shoulders cooking over coal
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: rberq On: Mon May 20, 2013 2:08 pm

No sulfur smell in the meat?
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: loxety On: Mon May 20, 2013 5:54 pm

None, my wife says she was to busy eating to say. Tastes great! The heat seems more steady, imagine that.
loxety
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon May 20, 2013 6:09 pm

Is that some sort of mix of anthracite and charcoal?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: loxety On: Mon May 20, 2013 6:44 pm

yes enough charcoal to light the coal
loxety
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: Berlin On: Tue May 21, 2013 1:54 pm

just like charcoal, if you give the coal enough time to ash over, any substantial sulfur odor will be gone. Charcoal briquettes contain a significant portion of anthracite and/or bit coke compacted w/ clay and hardwood charcoal.
Berlin
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Tue May 21, 2013 5:40 pm

I'm interested! Loxety, how long did it take for how many Lbs of anthracite to ash over?

I usually do a modified Minion method. I just dump 20-30 all wood briquettes onto a full pan of briquettes and wood chunks. That's usually good for 16-20 hours when I'm bbq-ing butts and need the long burn @ ~ 230*F. I don't slice them but prefer to pull them and 195*F internal meet temp is perfect for that Anthracite might not be good for the Minion method but certainly would be good for chicken, ribs and anything else that could be cooked once the anthracite is ashed over.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker Koker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vermont Casting Vigilant II 2310
Other Heating: #2 Oil Furnace

Re: Coal BBQ

PostBy: NJJoe On: Wed May 22, 2013 11:24 am

Berlin wrote:just like charcoal, if you give the coal enough time to ash over, any substantial sulfur odor will be gone. Charcoal briquettes contain a significant portion of anthracite and/or bit coke compacted w/ clay and hardwood charcoal.


I always thought any coal used for charcoal briquette purposes was coked first. That should make it much more clean burning/smelling than using anthracite. At least as far as Kingsford briquettes, they supposedly bake the coal in an oxygen controlled environment leaving behind pure carbon.
NJJoe