Minion Method

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by blueviper, May 19, 2015.

  1. blueviper

    blueviper Newbie

    How do I use the Minion Method with a offset smoker? 
  2. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can di this in a couple of ways.

    The first is similar to the minion method in a bullet smoker. Place the unlit charcoal in a basket in the fire box and add some lit coals to the centre or to one end.

    You can also create a snake of briquettes up and down the grate in the fire box and then light one end.

    I have used both. I fond the basket method is better for larger offsets and the snake for smaller.
  3. blueviper

    blueviper Newbie

    In the firebox of my smoker do I just make a pile of Charcoal and/or (I was going to use Apple wood also) and then just put like 12 or 15 lit charcoal l on top of it? I can do that with the apple wood also or do I need to use briquettes and add the apple wood to the lit charcoal? How long does this burn for? Can I leave it for 3 or 4 hours?

    I have a Char-broil 1280

    Thank You,

    Bill "BlueViper" Rindom
  4. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Do you have a basket for your fire box? You will need one if you are trying to do the minion method as Wade described it.
  5. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a basket (XXL) in my FB. I put about a half basket of RO lump in the basket and leave a valley in the middle. I lite about 1/2-2/3 chimney of RO briqs and when they get ashed over I dump them in the valley. After the lump has become involved, I will add a couple of splits. When the CC gets to temp and the splits are burning nicely, I put my meat on and add any smoke wood that I want to use.
  6. blueviper

    blueviper Newbie

    Is the basket something I can get at Walmart or is it something I need to have made also, does it need to have a divider in it?
  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    You probably can find one online but most of the ones I see are homemade. You can get sheets of expanded metal at Lowes or HD that are easy to work with to make a basket.
  8. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Just a couple ideas.  You really don't need the angle iron for the corners, but it does make it more stable.  As others have stated you can typically buy some of the expanded metal at hardware stores or even find some at scrap yards.  Just make you three 90 degree bends and some tie wire to attach the end pieces.
  9. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As I said in my post last week, my basket is an XXL brand. Good quality and custom made to your needs. Check them out on line. Joe

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