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I intend to smoke ribs with a charcoal smoker. I plan on using hardwood lump charcoal. I want to keep the smoker at 225°F for six hours. How many pounds of charcoal do I need to purchase? Is there a rule of thumb of consumption rate for lump charcoal?

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closed as too broad by Robert Cartaino Sep 1 '13 at 16:24

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I don't think this question is a good fit for this Q&A, but that's only my opinion, I'm not voting on this one. I think you do need to provide more information on the charcoal smoker, like dimensions, otherwise, the question is impossible to answer. –  BaffledCook Sep 1 '13 at 15:31
If you describe the conditions and brand specifics, maybe someone can answer from first-hand experience — maybe. Obviously, larger smokers consume more fuel than a small tailgating unit. Temperature control methods vary in efficiency. Insulation qualities and efficiency vary widely by unit. Brand and size of the lump also affect burning time, as well as wind, temperature, and humidity. If it's of any help I can hold about 200°F on my Big Green Egg for about 20 hours with about 5-8 lbs. I'm just eyeballing it so your mileage will vary. Feel free to try again and flag to reopen. Thanks. –  Robert Cartaino Sep 1 '13 at 16:16

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