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Does anyone know the reason that coal should not be used in a wood oven?
Only to cover your arse.
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:37 PM
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Can someone please shed some light on this charcoal mystery?
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:53 PM
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I notice in this discussion that the terms "coal" and "charcoal" are being used interchangeably. I also notice that we have members participating from two different countries (separated by a common language) . I wonder if we talking about two different things...

In the US, "coal" refers to the black rocks we dig out of mountains and burn for electricity (and in "coal-fired" pizza ovens).

When we talk about "Charcoal", it is a wood product made from wood chips that are compressed to a square shape and heated to a high temperature in the absence of oxygen.

I took a look at the Casa warranty on the FB website and it mentions that both charcoal AND coal will void the warranty due to uneven heating characteristics and possible excessively high heat.

My own opinion for a Pompeii is that using charcoal briquettes for curing is a waste of money.

So there you go!
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:25 PM
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Ken,

That's what I figured also about the charcoal. So I just used small kindling and kept the heat between 200-300 for about three hours. I also tried to use the hardwood pellets once the fire got going a bit, but they just kind of put the fire out so I wouldn't recommend them to anybody for use in curing their oven.
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Thanks Ken,
That was the kind of answer I was seeking.
In Australia we have a poultice of brown coal which keeps our economy buoyant, but also happens to be the dirtiest kind of coal to burn re emissions.
Unless you blast this stuff with forced air (oxygen) it does not get super hot. I presume experience with floor damage has led FB to adopt the no charcoal/coal policy.
I still feel my remarks about avoiding flame to the crown of the dome still apply as excessive heat there can be damaging to the dome while the base is still way cooler.
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Maybe it's the sulfur content. Nowadays charcoal briquettes are full of "mineral carbon" aka coal.
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Nowadays charcoal briquettes are full of "mineral carbon" aka coal.
Maybe this should be a whole new thread... I use my smoker quite a bit; I love smoked pork shoulder, chicken, turkey, etc.

I have been using commercially made Kingston Charcoal Briquettes. I didn't realize they had mineral carbon in them. Should I be smoking with lump (natural) charcoal instead?
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Ken,

We love our pulled pork and brisket cooked low and slow in the smoker too. Don't know about coal content in briquettes, but we are big fans of oak lump in the firebox. My favorite is Royal Oak and Cowboy Lump is another national brand available locally. If you can get hickory lump it goes great mixed in with the oak and an occasional piece of red oak wood doesn't hurt either!
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Thanks for the tip! I've seen Royal Oak in the stores here in Louisville. I'll give it a try!
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I do alot of low & slow meat smoking up here in CT. I love the cowboy lump charcoal. I mix it with red oak, apple & hickory. Mighty tasty BBQ. I just hope my pizzas come out as good as the BBQ.
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