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Discussion in 'WSM Owners (Weber Smokey Mountain)' started by whossmokin, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. Hey all new to the site. I have been cooking for about a year and a half now, and have been using my WSM 22.5 for about 9 months of that. So far I have done ribs on multiple occoccasions, 4 butts, 2 turkeys, 2 small brisket,s and 1 attempt at 16lb brisket ( that didn't go well) . my only complaint so far is that I haven't quite figured out how to get the charcoal to burn evenly through out a cook longer then 6 hours or so. I currently use the minion method and wondering if there is a better way... Also would like to know if I should put my wood chunks in before I light the coals or r
     
  2. Wood chunks before I light the fire or after i put the meat on
     
  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wood before you light you want it to warm up and making the TBS.(thin blue smoke)
    How many coals do you light when you start I only light 10-12 get smoker going about 210 close 2 of the bottom vents top fully open always,unless shutting it down. I only have a 18.5 I'm sure some with your size will chime in to help soon!
     
  4. I usually use about half a 20 Lbs bag....and not to sound like a total noon. But are saying you only use 10 to 12 individual coals or is that in pounds?
     
  5. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he's referring to is lighting 10-12 briquettes only, then putting them on the rest of the briquettes that are unlit as to get a long steady smoke.
     
  6. Ahh ok, that is about what I do. I usually fill my chimney about 1/3 of the way and start my fire that way. But what sometimes it seems one side will burn up and the other never really ignite
     
  7. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do the same as you, using Kingsford Blue Bag & toss the lit coals on the top, kinda spread out a little... I tried putting them to one side & it didn't work well for me, but putting them on top has worked well.
     
  8. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The other thing that helped is putting sand in the water pan & not using water.... I think the moisture created works against ya as well ! Just my opinion though !
     

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