Mini questions

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by andrewv, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. andrewv

    andrewv Fire Starter

    So I have completed my mini and love it. Smoked a spatchcocked chicken and turned out delicious. Drilled holes in the bottom of my pot instead of removing bottom all together. I do have a Terra cotta dish but didn't use it as I wanted the temps a bit higher for the crispy skin

    Now, to my question: when lighting your mini, do you keep your pot on the bottom of the SMJ? Or do you leave it off and then add it on once the coals are well lit? I don't have a propane torch and went with some lighter cubes but took a long time to get up to temp.

    I left the pot off the SMJ and then put it on after some time. I'm going to cook on it tomorrow but will have a slight time crunch.

    Thanks for the input!
  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hey Andrew.... A charcoal chimney is the way to go.... use a starter cube under that (since you have them) ...
  3. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    I've been using the side light method with good results. Both side and lower vents wide open untill I get close to the temp I want...then i shut down the side vents and close the lower to about a 1/4. That "usually" sets me at 240-250. HTH
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep that! It's the only way I start charcoal anymore. Whether my mini's or the bigger WSM or my other charcoal pits. Fast, easy, no white smoke, and no wasting fuel.

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