Minion Method in an offset

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by clappy, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. Hi,

    I've been trying to use the Minion Method in the firebox of my offset smoker, in order to do 8 hour plus smokes without having to change the coals frequently. I keep the vents almost completely closed, and the temp has no problem staying in the 220 to 240 degree range. However, the coals don't ignite over a long period of time like the method says. The few lit coals on the top tend to just start all the unlit ones and any wood chunks on fire quickly. I'm eventually forced to open the lid to reduce the heat, and the coals are spent in about 2 to 4 hours. Does this happen to anyone else? Any suggestions?
  2. what kind of smoker are you using?

    it sounds like you are getting too much air flow, is your firebox sealed up well?
  3. It the Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Edition.  It seems sealed well to me, but it's the only offset that I've owned.
  4. Did you add and silicone or the rope gasket to it to ensure a good seal? Also another way you could try is to not put the lit coal on top but dig out a corner closest to the CC and put your lit coals in that spot, then if I'm using chunk I will actually put them under my basket and they will ignite that way, you gotta really play with it to see what works best with your smoker
  5. I'm doing a smoke next weekend...I'll seal it up good with silicone and see how that works.

    Thanks for the info.

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