Minion Method Question for WSM 22.5

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by loujr, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. loujr

    loujr Newbie

    When getting ready for a long smoke, how many briquettes should I use in my chimney to start up the smoker. Let's say its an average day, no wind and about 65 degrees.


  2. coryb

    coryb Fire Starter

    handful, couple handfuls so probably 10-15 I'd say.  Better to start off with too few than too many.  Its always easier to wait a little longer for the smoker to come up to heat than get it too hot right off the bat and have to try to battle it down.
  3. I have a large Weber chimney that I fill about 1/3 to 1/2 full and once lit do it on a full ring of unlit.
  4. z-man

    z-man Fire Starter

    Agreed.  I have the 14.5" and a full ring of unlit and about 1/3 to 1/2 chimney will run 8-10 hours easy
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    .... and in colder windy weather start with a full chimney.

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