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post #1 of 8
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Hey all new to the site. I have been cooking for about a year and a half now, and have been using my WSM 22.5 for about 9 months of that. So far I have done ribs on multiple occoccasions, 4 butts, 2 turkeys, 2 small brisket,s and 1 attempt at 16lb brisket ( that didn't go well) . my only complaint so far is that I haven't quite figured out how to get the charcoal to burn evenly through out a cook longer then 6 hours or so. I currently use the minion method and wondering if there is a better way... Also would like to know if I should put my wood chunks in before I light the coals or r
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 
Wood chunks before I light the fire or after i put the meat on
post #3 of 8
Wood before you light you want it to warm up and making the TBS.(thin blue smoke)
How many coals do you light when you start I only light 10-12 get smoker going about 210 close 2 of the bottom vents top fully open always,unless shutting it down. I only have a 18.5 I'm sure some with your size will chime in to help soon!
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
I usually use about half a 20 Lbs bag....and not to sound like a total noon. But are saying you only use 10 to 12 individual coals or is that in pounds?
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by WhosSmokin View Post

I usually use about half a 20 Lbs bag....and not to sound like a total noon. But are saying you only use 10 to 12 individual coals or is that in pounds?

What he's referring to is lighting 10-12 briquettes only, then putting them on the rest of the briquettes that are unlit as to get a long steady smoke.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Ahh ok, that is about what I do. I usually fill my chimney about 1/3 of the way and start my fire that way. But what sometimes it seems one side will burn up and the other never really ignite
post #7 of 8
I do the same as you, using Kingsford Blue Bag & toss the lit coals on the top, kinda spread out a little... I tried putting them to one side & it didn't work well for me, but putting them on top has worked well.
post #8 of 8
The other thing that helped is putting sand in the water pan & not using water.... I think the moisture created works against ya as well ! Just my opinion though !
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