Question about TBS in the Mini WSM

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by smokesh0w, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. smokesh0w

    smokesh0w Newbie

    I recently built a Mini WSM and I have had a couple smokes that were relatively quick. My experiences so far is when I add the wood to the charcoal; I'll have about an hour of white smoke. It eventually becomes TBS, and it stays that way for about another hour. After that the TBS is very very faint.

    When using the minion or snake method, and the burning coals start to make their way outward and make contact with the wood that hasnt had direct contact with buring coals. When the wood starts to ignite will the white smoke start again?
  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    An hour of white smoke sounds like a lot. I usually get 15-20 minutes then it thins out. All depends on your setup, what kind and how much wood you're using. When it gets really thin and is almost invisible you're in the sweet spot!! As for the chunks causing white smoke when they ignite, they should be preheated enough that they will cause little if any white smoke. As a general rule, less is more. It sounds like you may be using too much wood. Try 2-3 chunks or a cup of chips. No need to soak either.
  3. smokesh0w

    smokesh0w Newbie

    I was using 3 big chunks, so maybe the chunks of wood are too big. Thanks for the reply

    I am using a charcoal basket to help with fuel consumption and 2 ball valves to control temperature
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  4. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    This was my set up for a smoke I was doing in my kettle before I had my mini built. It helps to have the wood hot going into your smoker and you'll get thru the white smoke phase quickly. I also cut my own wood and sometimes if the wood isn't seasoned properly the wood chunk will start sweating, it will start oozing water, and I'll know that that chunk aint gonna be used that day. Anyway, that's what I do and I'm looking forward to other post on this same subject...

  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I mix the chunks in with the unlit coal.. it will put out white smoke until it gets up to temp and you dial the vents back to hold temps steady.. then it's thin and blue for the rest of the cook....

  6. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Exactly how I do it Keith. The results are constant TBS And you get a burn that lasts a very long time. 
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I mix the chunks in like JD and BD do. I don't use the minion method for lighting. I light one side or both sides through my side vents.

    Sometimes I get really crazy and use the weed burner!

  8. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Side to side and use a torch and usually lighting the partial burnt from the prior cook.  Load the basket most burnt to new....ALWAYS get TBS right away. 

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