WSM Minion - When to add wood

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by kevin pitzer, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    I have a WSM 18.5" and I was wondering when you use the minion method - How do you add your first pieces of wood?  When do you typically add more?

    Thanks to all for your much appreciated help
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Scatter some Chunks throughout the pile of Charcoal. Then the WSM can be lit, Set and Forget...JJ
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Something like this.

  4. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    Thank you Al - This is how I have been doing it so looks like I am good.  Just wanted to make sure.

    ~ Appreciate your help ~
  5. brentos260

    brentos260 Fire Starter

    I also run an 18.5" WSM and use the Minion method.  The theory behind the Minion is that the unlit coals will be lit by the hot coals and burn from the center outwards; therefore I typically add my wood chunks in a line from the center outwards with the thought being that they will continue to light as time passes and keep a constant level of smoke throughout the entire cook.
  6. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    Thanks a bunch
  7. Or this:  Both methods work like a charm!

    Good Luck,

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2016

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