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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by bvanderheyden, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. bvanderheyden

    bvanderheyden Newbie

    Hello all,

    I'm glad to be back on the forum. Its been a busy couple of months with no time to smoke. Summers winding down and I finally upgraded from the ECB to a WSM 18. Ran her through a couple of seasoning runs. Tomorrow is the big show. Ill be putting 18 LBs of pork butt on. I realized the amount of money spent on fuek for my ECB compared to the 2 seasoning runs on my WSM is vastly different. I was able ro find cheap lump charcoal at GFS. 20 LBs for $14. I have the whole charcoal rinf full, and have decided on the minion method.

    I have yet to do a charcoal refill, and I'm going to be pushing it with a full ring. I plan on having the meat on by 3:30. My daughter goes to bed around 9:30 and wakes up at 3 am for her feeding. Do you think before going ro be myself at 10-11 that i should refill the ring completely to the top?

    Any help would be great
  2. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I've never used lump in my WSM, but a full ring of KBB will provide me with 225-250 for about 12 hrs without touching it. This is with one bottom vent open about a 1/4.  I can then stir the coals and open the vent some and get another 4 hrs with some futzing with the bottom vents during that period.  I have added more fuel after this time but never a full ring.  

  3. bvanderheyden

    bvanderheyden Newbie


    Thanks for that information, Do you add them in lit or unlit?
  4. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    If I need to raise the temp I add lit.  If I'm keeping a steady temp, I add unlit.  Adding lit charcoal can cause quite a temp spike if your not careful.


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