WSM Questions and Advice

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by hurriken, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. hurriken

    hurriken Smoke Blower

    I did receive an 18" WSM for Christmas. I rubbed it down with oil and ran a load of charcoal and apple chips wor 4 hours at 300+ degrees. I wasn't sure what to do so I out water in the pan.

    1) Do you always use the water pan? Do you ever leave it out or leave it empty of water? Is it more to add moisture or to control the temperature? I have read both.

    2) Which grate it hotter, top or bottom? Is there a guide for placement of different cuts of meat?

    3) not really a WSM question but I also received one of those coal starter cans. I started it by balling up newspaper and stuffing it underneath. Any other ideas? I have an electric starter but the instructions on the can say not to use it.
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  3. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hey Hurriken,

    Congrats on the new smoker, I have a WSM and love it, looks like the others have answered your questions, the only thing I will add is I leave the water pan out when cooking chicken, it's a lot easier to reach 300°-350° dome temp without the pan to crisp up the skin.

    Happy Holidays,

  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Congrats on the new WSM. I'm sure you will get many years of use out of it!
  6. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Grats on the WSM! They got you covered on some of the basics. [​IMG]
  7. hurriken

    hurriken Smoke Blower

    You guys are great. Thanks for the information!
  8. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    WSM is a great smoker.  You will love it.

    You might also want to take a peek at the Virtual Weber Bullet Bulletin Board site as it's original purpose was for the WSM owners.  There is a ton of info there targeted at the WSM.  You will see a lot of us there also, but I spend 99% of my time in the SMF forum!!!!!

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