a little too much fuel at 1st, had to remove some coals & a chunk so it wouldn't be pushing on the water pan.
I cannot begin to say just how thrilled i am with the WSM !!! Been using a Chargriller for 2 years, and the difference was night & day!!! The WSM ran over 12 hours on 1 load of fuel and i really didn't have to touch it... steady as she goes!!!
Grats! Nice first run on the WSM!
Yeah I felt almost like I was cheating when I switched from my Char-griller to my WSM.... lol. It's nice to be able to toss a butt or brisket on at midnight, go to bed about 1:00 AM, get up at 7:00 AM and it's still running rock steady right where you left it! One tip for you... burry the wood in the charcoal as you fill the ring, it will keep it from just busting into flame and burning up fast (which also causes a temp. spike). The burried wood will just sit there and smoke nicely for several hours, especially those bigger chunks.
What a way to bust a cherry!!!! A question for the WSM gurus: Is the size of the wood chunk bloatz show's in his picture about right? I always keep reading that you want "fist-sized" chunks and to me that's a very subjective measurement.
just my opinion but that is about as big a chunk as i would want to put in mine but I would probably only use 2 at a time. I usually use chunks that are between the size of a large orange and a grapefruit and typically use 2 chunks every 3-4 hours or so. When the pieces are too big its hard to squeeze them under the water pan and onto the hot coals without really agitating your fire.
I just buy the bags they sell at Lowes or Home Depot and most of the stuff in them is between a golf ball and a baseball in size.