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Old 06-16-2007, 08:22 AM   #1
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Another WSM Commissioned.



Water Pan with sand



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BIG temperature problem almost immediately after adding ¼ chimney of lit charcoal. My temperature soared to over 300 degrees. I closed the lower vents to ¼ but the temperature still rose. I finally shut all the lower vents and the top vent ½. The temperature finally began creeping down below 300 degrees. I know that my thermometer is accurate because I just checked it. I looked around on some sites and read that when WSM’s are new this sometimes happens. Anyone else experienced this problem? I’m going to try another smoke tomorrow. Until the WSM ages a little, I’m going to use briquettes instead of lump and only open the bottom vents ½ to start the burn. Hopefully, one smoke has coated the interior of the WSM enough to prevent the soaring temperature.

Any suggestions on what I might do differently or what I did wrong??
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:12 AM   #2
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I think getting the vents shut down early is critical. Water in the pan will keep the temps lower IMO. You may do that for the first couple of cooks until all the holes are sealed up.
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:14 AM   #3
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Here latley, I have been torching the coals to get them started rather than adding lit coals. That makes them start real slow.
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:34 AM   #4
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Here latley, I have been torching the coals to get them started rather than adding lit coals. That makes them start real slow.
Interesting......

I've been thinking about using the water tomorrow. Wish I had an extra pan.
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:05 AM   #5
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Make sure you got a good seal on the parts of the WSM....and the first few cooks do tend to run a little hot....I do the sand thing and close the bottom vents almost all the way down at 200* I also use lump..hope this helps..
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:42 AM   #6
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You didn't have a pic of when the lovely lady smashed the
champagne bottle against it's bow?

I torch mine too, quicker and cleaner.
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:11 PM   #7
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You didn't have a pic of when the lovely lady smashed the
champagne bottle against it's bow?

I torch mine too, quicker and cleaner.
She was very shy and I knew I couldn't post those kind of pics here anyway.

Hmmmm.....yeah, I WISH!!!!
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:17 PM   #8
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Try using 15 lit coals vs. 1/4 chimney!!
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:41 PM   #9
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Try using 15 lit coals vs. 1/4 chimney!!
I guess I just underestimated the fuel efficiency of the WSM.

I'm really impressed with how it maintains a temp once it gets to that level.

I've just got to get it seasoned and learn how to control the temp rise.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!!
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:11 PM   #10
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I use about 15 lit briquettes with a loaded ring of unlit lump charcoal. I add about 4 chunks of hickory. I also (same as wittdog) close the bottom vents at about 200 degrees. I believe this is critical. Usually it will level off between 225 and 245. I then only usually open one bottome vent about the width of two nickels. I may open another very slightly as necessary. It doesn't take much opening of the bottom vents. The guys here are the ones that helped me with the fire management of the WSM last April 2006.
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