Minion Method Question

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by trabba, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. trabba

    trabba Fire Starter

    So, the new WSM is getting it's first workout this weekend and also going to try the minion method for the first time. I have read up and can't seem to find the answer to one question. I am anticipating this to be a 4 - 6 hour smoke and am using Kingsford briquettes with cherry and hickory chunks. I see for that time frame, it is suggested to use 1/2 a ring full but I'm curious what is meant by that. Do I fill one side full to the top or do I fill the entire ring but only 1/2 full? Or does it matter? Thanks and will post Q-View on Saturday throughout.
  2. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I take those instructions to mean:  Fill the entire ring, but only half way up the sides toward the top of the ring.

    That is how I do it...I hope this helps.

    Good Luck with the new smoker...You will love it!  John
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015
  3. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    When I'm smoking something for 4-6 hours (hardly anything gets done that quickly though) I make a horseshoe shape around the outside of the ring. Then  simply light one end and let it burn around the ring. Mix wood chunks throughout. 

    For long smokes I do it like this.......

    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015
  4. trabba

    trabba Fire Starter

    Thanks for your replies. I'll probably give it a try by filling it halfway up the sides this time around and see what's all about trial and error is definitely one thing I've learned time and time again.

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