First smoke with my Weber Kettle,long

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Original poster
Mar 27, 2014
North East Indiana
I did some more reading here and found out my Weber grill
could be used as a smoker, never tried that before so 1st
smoke today.
We had to go to the store so I got some quarters and  

Got a bag of Frontier Lump Charcoal just to try. I had some
apple saw dust from my past attempts with my other  

smoker the Cabela's version of a Brinkman.
Got home groceries put away time to try this smokin' stuff.
Put saw dust in foil dumped some water on it, dust about 20
yrs old needed a little moisture.
Don't have  a chimney for starter coals found an empty  

juice can whack some holes in it with a hand ax. Put in  

some coals that were left over from last cookout and that  

was about a month and a half ago.
Starter coals burning. Check
Pan on fire grate, water in pan. Check.
Start placing charcoal around pan, put dust package on fire
grate charcoal on top and plenty at the end. Check
Starter coals are hot wait no handle on can, go get a
C-clamp works great just don't leave it on the can while
starter coals are getting hot. Ouch
Put lid on grill thermometer in top vent hole, hey what do
you know temp starts to rise cool might have done
something right.
Temps up, temps down, it it kind of windy but hey it is the
1st smoke I'll try anything.
Finally temp hits 230 to 240 time to put on the bird.
4 pieces of chicken temps rise after replacing lid and than  

the temps start dropping, temp back up than drop again so
for 45 min. same thing continues up, down.
Pull chicken off grill put in oven to cook.

Lesson learned today, Take Your Time, Don't' Be in a Hurry.


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I have about the same thing, mine is 22.5 inches.  First thing I did was smoked ribs.  Easy to do, and yes, I too had temperature fluctuations, and that was the first use of a new Weber.  I will figure it out though,  I also own a 30 inch MES smoker and use it a bunch. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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