Tried Minion Method on COS with amazing results!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by smoker919, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. smoker919

    smoker919 Newbie

    Hello all, I recently purchased a cheap char broil offset from CL for $30. Its retails for around $75 at Walmart. Heard lots of horror stories about it BC of leaks and small firebox. Well I managed to create a charcoal basket that fits perfect, and did a test run with some cheap Embers brand briquettes and the minion method. Filled basket to the top and added 6 hot coals in the middle on top, after about 30 minutes the temp got to 275 and flared up, after adjusting the vents for about 45 minutes I got the temp to stabilize at between 226 and 230 for about 4 1/2 hours without touching the vents. It worked so well I was starting to think that my wireless temp gauge was broken lol. This forum helped me alot, I did a ton a reading before I attempted the minion method. Thanks people!
  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've settled on a similar method, except I use small-split wood as kindling on top. I used to start a little fire then add charcoal around it, but I realized you can just light it from the top and it will burn through the contents of the basket.

    One nice effect of using the wood is, the flame helps to kick the cooking chamber up to temperature.
  3. smoker919

    smoker919 Newbie

    Do you close the lid to the firebox right after you add the wood kindling or do you leave it open and let the maximum amount of air in first then close?
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