WSM 22.5 questions

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by lubbocksmoker, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Thought I would ask, I just fired up the new WSM and was wondering some things:

    1. Use the drip pan not use the drip pan?

    2. Hot or cold water in the drip pan

    3. Seal the door, I played with a little and it looks like it can bend a little to seal up better

    4. Good brand of thermoter?

    And advice is welcomed and needed
     
  2. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/index.html

    Go to this site.  It'll fill you in on all the details you've just asked about.  They come highly recommended.

    But quick answers

    1.  Use Pan

    2.. HOT

    3.  The tighter the better

    4.  I like the Maverick et-73 and 732 sytem.  Good therm's are an absolute must.
     
  3. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    What Dave said [​IMG]
     
  4. 2nd part of that question  is use water inpan, or just wrap it with foil, i did see some poeple using sand?
     
  5. smokinal

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

    I answered in red.
     
     
  6. smokinal

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


    Sand will work, but if you get any meat grease in it it's hard to clean. I use water & don't foil the pan. It's easy to clean, just a little dawn & a small brush, then rinse it out with a garden hose. I don't clean the bottom of the pan at all. It has a hard crust baked on it and I just leave it there.
     
  7. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Use cold water and do a cold smoke.......  now that's a great technique for the notebook.

    Thanks.
     
  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dave and Al got you covered, but I would recommend foiling the pan before adding the water. Then for clean up once you dump any left over water all you have to do is remove the foil and wipe the pan with a couple of paper towels. [​IMG]

    The cold water method Al mentioned works if you have 65 degree plus weather, if you are trying to use your smoker in cold winter the water needs to be hot or you will spend all your time and fuel trying to get your smoker up to temp. Also with large pieces of meat you have to watch our for the 40-140 degree in 4 hrs. rule and that hour of "cold smoke" with cold water in the pan may bite you. Just some stuff to keep in mind while you learn what works best for you.

    Johnny
     
  9. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Oh, good point, especially since you and I live on the opposite coast and much further north then Al.  Cold winter, heck where I live (on the bay) I'm lucky if we see much higher than the mid 70's anytime.
     
     
  10. smokinal

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

    Yea, I guess I forgot about you guys trying to get a fire going in 10 degree weather. I gotta remember that everybody doesn't live in Florida. Having said that you northern guys might want to try that in the summer & I got the idea from Eric (forluvofsmoke) who puts snow in his water pan in the winter to get that cold smoke effect. You would have to ask him how he gets the temp up, but it seems to work for him.
     

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