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New guy from FL


Joined Jan 19, 2014
Hello Everyone. I bought a WSM about 6 months ago. I have done four cooks so far, but have had trouble maintaining a steady temp. I mostly do CSR, but have done a whole turkey and chicken leg quarters. A friend of mine showed me this site and the minion method for the coals.  I am looking forward to smoking with some better results.


gary s

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Joined Jan 6, 2011
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


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Joined Oct 23, 2013

any question you could think to have just punch it in the search bar and something will come up for ya


Thread starter
Joined Jan 19, 2014
Thanks for the warm welcome. My friend that turned me onto this site showed me a few things on here. Just asking him questions has opened up a wealth of knowledge. I know I have a lot more to learn. I cant wait to make some ABTs and fatties.  I am amazed with the amount of info on here.

Since I was in a hurry earlier, I'll add some info.

I have an 18" WSM and a Weber 22.5 " one-touch grill.  I got rid of a six year old propane char-broil that kept eating parts.

I was using chipped up Jack Daniel whiskey barrels for smoke, but since have bought a bag of hickory chunks.

I tried a bag of chubbs and now am using kingsford charcoal. I read somewhere that it was the most consistent heat.  I am anxious to try the minion method and do a longer smoke. I was having heat issues; the temperature would run away and I would take the lid off to lower the heat, feeding more oxygen, the heat takes off again, and the cycle continued.  I am glad I discovered what I was doing wrong.

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