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Minion method question


Fire Starter
Joined Jan 4, 2007
Hi all,
I have a char-griller with an offset firebox. This weekend I wanted to try using the minion method as I was smoking some butts and I knew I was going to be in and out a couple of times.

I use a charcoal basket. Bringing the smoker up to temp worked fine. Got it up to and maintained between 220 and 230 no problem (lasted about 2.5 - 3 hrs).

My question is as the temp starts to fall, how do you maintain the temps for longer cooks. I have a second charcoal basket, should I just do the same thing outside the smoker then switch baskets?

Or can I just keep adding new lump as the temps begin to drop?




Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined May 21, 2006
You could do either one. Make sure your ashes are clear in the original basket if you just add more lit charcoal so it can get it's air.

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