WSM Issues

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by anstissk, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. So today is my first WSM cook.  Im doing two pork shoulders. Started off good but it seems like the smoker really is eating the charcoal.  I am 6 hours in and its almost depleted.  I am having trouble keeping it above 215 as well.  Granted it is raining but i would think with the vents open all the way it would go up.  Any tips would sure be appreciated thank you in advance.  Kris

    Its a 18.5
  2. matt welch

    matt welch Newbie

    Hey there,

    I have been smoking with my WSM for years. The key is to light it using the minion method.

    Fill the charcoal ring with unlit K blue and dump 1/2 lit chimney ontop. throw 3-4 fist sized wood chunks in there as well.  You can cook upwards of 13+ hours on one load by using this method. Keep both shoulders on the top rack if they fit. You will have to tinker withthe vents a bit. My WSM has never failed me.

  3. I think it is because mine is fighting the weather.  Its raining right now and i have all three vents wide open to keep it at like 215.  So i think its consuming fuel as fast as the rain and wind is cooling it off.  I seasoned it the other night with barely any charcoal in there and i know it lasted a while thats y i was confused about my issue
  4. matt welch

    matt welch Newbie

    Rain and wind play a huge part as you found out. I keep my WSM under a large umbrella when I BBQ.
  5. LOL i learned my lesson.  My EZ up is at a friends at the moment i would have used that.  I got my smaller pork shoulder resting right now.  The larger one is at the plateau period 
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


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