If you’re shopping for a bbq pit, part of your decision making process will be to determine what type of fuel you’ll use to fire the pit. You basically have 3 options to consider and each have pros & cons.
- Hardwood – Many folks believe that it’s not really BBQ if it isn’t cooked over wood coals. I don’t personally subscribe to that line of thinking, but maybe that’s because my experience with a stick burner was really awful. I had an offset cooker that I tried to burn wood in and I just never could get it right. One of the things to consider about using hardwood is whether you have a consistent source for fuel and do you have a place to burn it to coals prior to shoveling it into your cooker.
- Propane – Sometimes called Lazy-Q, many gas powered cookers are pretty close to “set it and forget it”. I’ve cooked on a propane smoker with great results. However, one of the things that alwasy concerns me a little bit is leaving a roaring burner of propane overnight. Propane, like everything else has gotten a little more expensive as well.
- Charcoal – This fuel type could be divided into a couple of categories; briquettes & lump. Either way, this fuel is readily availble and still surprisingly affordable. I won’t get into the debate of briquettes vs. lump here, but suffice to say that I’m a lump charcoal guy.
So leave me a comment and tell me, what fuels your fire?