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WSM Minion - When to add wood

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I have a WSM 18.5" and I was wondering when you use the minion method - How do you add your first pieces of wood?  When do you typically add more?

 

Thanks to all for your much appreciated help

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Scatter some Chunks throughout the pile of Charcoal. Then the WSM can be lit, Set and Forget...JJ

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Pastrami from scratch 12-17-11 18.JPG

 

Something like this.

 

Al

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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post
 

Pastrami from scratch 12-17-11 18.JPG

 

Something like this.

 

Al

Thank you Al - This is how I have been doing it so looks like I am good.  Just wanted to make sure.

~ Appreciate your help ~

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Originally Posted by Kevin Pitzer View Post
 

I have a WSM 18.5" and I was wondering when you use the minion method - How do you add your first pieces of wood?  When do you typically add more?

 

Thanks to all for your much appreciated help

I also run an 18.5" WSM and use the Minion method.  The theory behind the Minion is that the unlit coals will be lit by the hot coals and burn from the center outwards; therefore I typically add my wood chunks in a line from the center outwards with the thought being that they will continue to light as time passes and keep a constant level of smoke throughout the entire cook.

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Originally Posted by brentos260 View Post
 

I also run an 18.5" WSM and use the Minion method.  The theory behind the Minion is that the unlit coals will be lit by the hot coals and burn from the center outwards; therefore I typically add my wood chunks in a line from the center outwards with the thought being that they will continue to light as time passes and keep a constant level of smoke throughout the entire cook.

Thanks a bunch

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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post
 

Pastrami from scratch 12-17-11 18.JPG

 

Something like this.

 

Al

 

 

Or this:  Both methods work like a charm!

 

 

 

Good Luck,

 

John


Edited by BandCollector - 3/12/16 at 2:33pm
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