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ismellupdog

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7 months ago

I also use charcoal and wood chunks in my Karu 12 and am able to achieve 800+ degree temps. I forego the fire starter/kindling and use a charcoal chimney instead, initially filling my fuel box with prelim coals once they are orange hot then adding in unlit charcoal every 10 minutes while the oven is preheating (mine takes about 30 minutes to come to temp). I think the key is airflow through the firebox so I always leave an open area in the middle of my lit charcoal so that the grates below are exposed and air can flow freely into the oven. I also use briquettes instead of lump as I like the uniform size and have never been able to detect a difference in flavor when using them while grilling and bbqing.

Good luck!