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wood in a WSM?


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Dec 7, 2012
i think i remember the instructions saying we cannot burn wood in the WSM. why not? isn't charcoal basically wood with some binders? so why couldn't i just burn real wood in the wsm vs charcoal?


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Apr 23, 2010
Hi Drew,

I don't remember seeing that but I can tell you that using all wood would not give you the burn time you would get with a briquette.

Also, I think everyone uses wood chunks, so we are obviously burning wood and have not had problems.

Let me know if you hear something different.


bama bbq

Master of the Pit
Joined Sep 24, 2011
Weber recommends charcoal briquettes. I don't see anything about a wood fire but it explicitly says no charcoal impregnated with lighter fluid, beads, or lump. And no lighter fluid.

I read this on TVWB: "Wood must be burned down to hot coals in a separate container, then shoveled into the WSM, and this process must be repeated several times during the course of cooking. Most people who try this once don't try it again."
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