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Old 06-24-2008, 07:08 PM   #11
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This past weekend when I did the 6 shoulders, I had a full ring, less 1/2 chimney of charcol. Then I lit 1/2 a chimney and off it went. With that much meat on it you need more lit in the beginning to get the temp up. It probaly too close to an hour to get to temp. I also really stacked the coals in the ring also, I needed a long burn.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:44 AM   #12
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One thing I find on the WSM is that it works well for me to raise the temperature above the ideal 225 - 250, normally as high as 275 - 280 before I put the water pan in.

I then load in the water pan, hot water and the bottom rack, fill it with meat, then the top rack and fill that one too, put the lid on, and it is still in the 250 F at the lid 235 top grate zone, right from the start.

By doing it this way I don't have long to wait before the pit is running along at 250 in the lid, and it takes just a little fiddling with the vents for it to then run all day or all night, without worries.
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I'm with stogie, depends on what meat I'm smoking.

I also bring my WSM to temp by leaving the side door off for a couple of mins after I put the WSM together. The extra air gets the temp to 250 in about 5 mins. then I put the door on, adjust the vents and forget about it for a while.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:05 PM   #14
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I fill the firering with unlit and then take a weed burner and get the right amount of coals burning on top to do the job, got tired of having a charcoal chimney to replace and weed burners are just plain fun.

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Old 06-25-2008, 03:37 PM   #15
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:58 PM   #16
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"Charcoal?"
Yea woody, why use that when ya got gas! Ooops I have never herd a gasser pop off at a comp. Only every hour or so.
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I fill the firering with unlit and then take a weed burner and get the right amount of coals burning on top to do the job, got tired of having a charcoal chimney to replace and weed burners are just plain fun.

Jim
and so it was quoted "weed burners are just plain fun" hahahahaaaa thanks everyone!
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