Toms original post
The weber fuel, if that's the brand you have, is actually very good.
I've read that Big K is good but I've never tried it, you need restaurant grade.
My latest batch is from the london log co and seems to be very good.
Obviously it depends on where you live. Move of the better brands can only be purchased in bulk as they are sold trade only but let me know if you find anything that works.
I'd be interested to hear if the gaskets make a difference, heard mixed reviews. Some say that the seals are lose to allow a little airflow and to reduce the heat.
I used my WSM as a grill for the first time over the weekend and immediately noticed the temperature difference by removing the water bowl. Keep it in for smoking IMO. It took 16lb of pork shoulder 7 hours to reach 65 degrees, it's a low and slow cook don't forget.
The weber fuel will be fine. Are you using the charcoal or the briquettes? I would suggest you use the briquettes in the WSM. Yes use restaurant grade if you can get it - the main reason is that it is made entirely from hardwood whereas the cheaper charcoal is made from whatever they can source in bulk.
You can get BigK restaurant grade briquettes and charcoal in small quantities from places like
I usually just use Heat Beads though from somewhere like WOWBBQ http://www.wowbbq.co.uk/products/aussie-heat-beads-4kg--1009.html
With the WSM the seals are usually fine when the units are new. They can leak though if the doors are abused and they may loosen up with age. When/if this happens a gasket will help but you should not need them from new. This tends to be more of a problem with the cheaper brands like the ProQ.
Edited by Wade - 4/6/16 at 2:19am