I'm a newbie to smoking - just bought a 18.5 WSM and had it shipped to the philippines. I'm only on my second smoke.
I noticed that i go through Kingsford Orignal Briquettes pretty quickly during a 10 hour smoke - I almost use up one 16 lbs bag (maybe 1/5th left).
On both my smokes I use the minion method that i learned in the forums - the first time, I scattered 20 lit briquettes over the unlit' the second time, i poured the 20 lit briquettes into the empty space in the middle of the unlit briquettes.
Does humidity play a role in going through the coals? I'm at sealevel, about 79 - 81 F, with 74% humidity.
In your experience, does higher humidty mean I should use more coals when i start and will eventually burn through more? I've heard that the drier the humidity, the easier a fire a burns.