Greetings Smokers! I hope someone (or many someone's) can shed some light on my newfound scenario.
I've been smoking a couple of years now. Since getting my WSM 22.5 I've researched various methods of charcoal and chimney loads.
I used the Minion Method a number of times, but the WMS always ran too hot even with water in the pan.
What I found that works best for me is the "C" Method. I set a can (about 8" diameter) in the middle of the ring and I'll either pour the charcoal around it or neatly stack them in a 3 briquette wide "wall" and fill up to the rim. I leave a 6-8" gap for lit coals.
For my chimney I'll light up about 7 briquettes and set them at the end of the stacked ones. Never had any problem using this except that I may have to re-load more coals. This is easy enough with a fireplace shovel. I just push the first coals over and add more coals to the end of the chain.
Finally, to my issue...I just received a DX2 in the mail this morning. WOOHOO!
The DX2 instructions state to use the pyramid method and pour lit coals on top. I'm not really comfortable doing that since I've had too many flare ups in the past.
I realize the semi-vacuum state of the WSM with the DX2 set up will control the burn temp, but I guess there's a part of me that won't let go and trust it.
Any thoughts on which charcoal stacking method(s) should (could, can, etc.) works best will be greatly appreciated...and how many lit bricks to add to it.