Well after reading about a lot of smokers I decided to get a WSM. And with my birthday coming up the timing was right so I emailed my wife a link to the WSM 22.5.
It took longer than expected and didn't make it here for my birthday but tonight it arrived.
It arrived in good shape, no dings, dents or bends and went together quickly.
So of course I had to fire it up. I filled a charcoal chimney full of Stubbs Charcoal Briquets, placed it on the charcoal grate and poured more charcoal around the chimney. I would imagine around 10 lbs of charcoal total since the 15 lb bag was about a 3rd gone already. I also placed about 5 chunks of hickory around the charcoal.
After about 10 minutes the coals were ready so I dumped them in the center of the unlit charcoal. Put on the cooking chamber & lid and let her run with all vents wide open.
After about 45 minutes the lid thermometer showed 325 with plenty of white smoke.
So I closed two of the bottom vents to see if I could dial it down and in 30 minutes the temp has dropped to just under 300 on the lid thermometer and seems like I have TBS. Hard to tell at night and I am pretty new to all of this.
May try a spatchcocked chicken a little later.
So far so good.
Any tips or suggestions?