im a newbie, and I've gotten around 8 hour smokes but what if i need to go to 12 or 14 hours? how do i refuel?
WSM adding more charcoal
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Needed: gloves, charcoal, chimney, long tongs, wood chunks.
I fire up the chimney with as much charcoal as I feel I need to refuel. I don't let it ash over completely, just get it hot so flame is coming out of the top of the chimney. You can add cold briquettes or lump, but I don't. Leave the WSM intact.
Put on gloves (Very Important). Open the door, then tilt it back in the opening at about a 30-45 degree angle resting on the bottom of the opening. Dump the hot charcoal right on the door and let it act as a chute. Use the tongs to move the hot coals where needed. Add the wood with the tongs. Close the door.
Practice once with a cold smoker and cold charcoal to avoid "issues." It is easy.