Bought a WSM a few weeks ago on sale for a pretty good price. decided i needed to use it at least once before the year is up and this saturday is the day. i've decided to smoke a brisket and a boston butt (hopefully get both around 6-7 lbs). it looks like the temperature will be just above freezing on saturday, and just want
-how long should the smoke go for? i figure around 10 hours for both (1.5lb a hour right?)
-on average, how many bags of charcoal would i expect to go through? will i need more than 1 on a warm day, and will need more than 1 this saturday?
-how much charcoal should i heat up since it's colder, more than 20?
-from what i've read, people seem t recommend the minion method. anything i need to watch out for doing this on a colder day?
-how long to take the smoker to get up to heat?
-boil the water ahead of time, or just use warm tap water?
thanks for the help!