Bad start to first time minion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by reasoning, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    Tried using the minion method in my wsm tonight and its been a rough start so far lol. Idk what I did wrong but my temps skyrocketed to nearly 325. Fought it for 45 mins before I decided to dump some coals. When i removed the top the whole dang ring was burning no wonder i was running hot so with my tongs i removed approximately 1 chimneys worth of coals. Now im down to 250 for the last 30 mins idk what happened hopefully all goes well pulling an all nighter on my pork butts. Oh by the way im using royal oak green bag if that makes a difference
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  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    What kind of smoker are you using? Take pics and we can give suggestions on fixing air leaks.
  4. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    As stated above its a wsm :p
  5. how many charcoals did u lit in the begining.. if more than 15-20 than you had too many
  6. x2. It takes a surprisingly small amount of charcoal in your chimney to get the minion method rolling at smoking temps. If you go even half a chimney it's definitely going to shoot you above 300 in a hurry. The key is to restrain yourself at the beginning and only light a relatively small amount in your chimney. 

    Are you using a water pan as a heat brake? I'll often get my minion setup rolling with an empty water pan, then fill the water pan with a gallon of cold water when temps hit 275 or so. It starts absorbing the heat and levels you out around 250-275 for hours. If I don't fill the water pan at that point it usually shoots straight up to 325-350.
  7. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    That must have been my problem I had a full chimney I dumped in, poor research on my part :( I am using sand in my water pan also. Live and learn I guess oh well nothing hurt just a couple dollars of wasted lump
  8. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    Thanks for your help everyone its much appreciated :)
  9. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    .. and my bad for not reading the whole post. I assumed you lit a small amount... Guess I shouldn't ASSuME!
  10. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    Lol well it was my bad I should have said the amount of charcoal I lit but didn't think it made a difference little did I know

    My butt after 9 hours. Internal temps at 178
  11. You're gettin close! Keep on keepin on, brother. You'll know better next time, and in the meantime sure looks like you've got a real treat on your hands.
  12. Thing is we have all done it...trial and error...i had the same problem..
  13. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    Well despite my troubles my first butt is out of the smoker and resting. Pulled a little hunk off and fed it to my wife and she said "mmmmmmmm that makes me want to mate with you" lmao must be fine ;p
  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Morning.....  Some folks even start the minion method with as few as 8-10 lit briquettes....  takes a little longer to warm up...  but, starting to cut off the air supply at about 180-200 should keep you from overshooting the desired temp too far....   Once you figure out the damper position for a smoke at 225 or so, resetting the damper to that position or even closed a little will allow the temp to rise slowly.....   

    At times, the learning curve gets a little scary....  making notes on results, makes life a little easier.....    Keep the sand in the water pan for the first few go-rounds....  That way, you will know how high the temp goes, and using sand, reduces the amount of briquettes you use....  You are not wasting fuel trying to super-heat water....   

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013

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