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Old 09-03-2006, 03:40 PM   #1
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I finished a smoke just as Ernesto was arriving in northern VA, and left the still-hot WSM out in the rain. This morning when I started getting it ready to put away, I found water in the bottom up to the vent holes.

Those upward-pointing WSM flanges work like funnels. Unlike the downward-pointing flange on the kettle lid.

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(I am so embarrassed.)
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Old 09-03-2006, 04:38 PM   #2
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John, what did you smoke? I'm putting a Wolfe rubbed 10 lb. chuck on tonight before I go to bed. Figured I'd get some put up before it gets cold and charcoal consumption goes up.

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Old 09-03-2006, 05:08 PM   #3
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John, what did you smoke? I'm putting a Wolfe rubbed 10 lb. chuck on tonight before I go to bed. Figured I'd get some put up before it gets cold and charcoal consumption goes up.

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It was just a 1-hr quickie for supper -- boneless country style ribs like I described earlier, with Wolfe Rub, my first use. I shoulda been braver and used more.


Sorry, no after pics.

Three people can't eat that much meat when two of 'em are women, so we've had some thin-sliced pork sandwiches for lunch, too.

Yesterday I baked and cubed a shank-portion ham to freeze in meal-size packages for ham and beans and cornbread. I just can't seem to get enough pork in my diet. (BTW, my bean of choice is pinto.)

What are your min and max temps now?

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Old 09-03-2006, 05:11 PM   #4
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Unity my guess is you are not the only one something like that has happened to …….you might want to think about building a wind break with a cover for the WSM…it helps to keep the rain out and prevents the temp fluctuations that occur during windy cooks ……where are the pics from that cook?
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Old 09-03-2006, 06:00 PM   #5
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Unity my guess is you are not the only one something like that has happened to
I had a hunch I wasn't the first BBQ n00b to learn that the hard way.

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…….you might want to think about building a wind break with a cover for the WSM…it helps to keep the rain out and prevents the temp fluctuations that occur during windy cooks
I'll give some thought to rigging something. I live in one of those communities with covenants on the deed where you have to get permission to do anything permanent. (But it does keep the neighbors from driving down property values, too.)

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……where are the pics from that cook?
See above. Country-style loin ribs is one of those cuts that has to go straight to the table or it'll lose juice, so I didn't tarry long enough to take any after pics.

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Old 09-03-2006, 06:23 PM   #6
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A couple of pieces of plywood and a few hinges will do the trick.
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A couple of pieces of plywood and a few hinges will do the trick.
And your wife waiting with the camera will take care of the other part!

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John,
The flanges are that way so that the grease stays inside. It would be pretty messy if the flanges were the other way around.
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John,
The flanges are that way so that the grease stays inside. It would be pretty messy if the flanges were the other way around.
That makes sense, Chris. My biggest problem was failure to think about it.

Now I've got a charcoal grate with a thicker-than-usual crust of iron oxide.

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Old 09-04-2006, 09:48 AM   #10
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Try inverting a #2 galvanized washtub over the top..and anchor it down with a brick or chunk of firewood. Works like a charm.

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