I have a WSM 22.5" smoker and am new at smoking so I have some questions. I have seasoned my smoker and tried to smoke some chicken (although it didn't turn out as well as I would have liked) but I have some questions for anyone who has a WSM smoker.
#1- Does briquetts or lump coal work best?
#2- Do you put just water in the water pan or do you add other things like spices or apple juice?
#3- Do you have to use the water pan? If not do you leave it in or take it out?
#4- I had an issue controlling the temp. I had water in the pan but I think I had too much coal in the fire ring. Does this sound like it would have been my issue? I even had the vents closed except for a small crack.
#5- What do you guys use for your heat source?
I have the smoke covered with pecan, cherry and apple wood chunks. I also have hickory chips.
Thanks for any help you guys can give me.