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Old 08-23-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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WSM 18" Running Too Hot, How Fix?

Hello cue fans.

My WSM is running hot. Here are the facts:

- About 6th time running this thing
- I am using briquettes, not lump
- put 2 boxes of clay bbq briquettes into water pan, then foil over top. It could use another box. The water method is dangerous and messy.
- closed 2 of the 3 bottom vents and she's still running at aboaut 340F
- top vent open
- using minion method, with centre column dug out, not actually on top
- at the end of a session, I had 2 vents closed 1 at half. Anything more I'm thinking this thing will go out, as that's how I shut this thing off before.

Any ideas how I can fix this? I have heard this is normal at the beginning of using one of these, and mine is pretty clean still.

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Old 08-23-2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about putting it out. I think my WSM has air leaks because it runs at 250* two bottom vents just barely open -- I'd say 7/8 closed. Close thos suckers on the bottom down some more and see what happens. One of my bottom vents has been stuck fully closed for the last year or so.
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Hi Griff. OK, next time I'll try pretty much closing the bottom. This run turned out ok (she's in the foil now) so I'd rather have the ability to close it down a bit, then have to get the heat up.

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:51 PM   #4
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They also have a tendacy to run a little hot when they are still shiny and new. After they build up a little grease on the inside, they calm down some!
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OK I thought she was still pretty new. I'll try to turn her down with the dampers. Thanks for the notes.
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OK sounds like a good plan. For the first two runs she did 250 max for both runs, all vents open. I was hoping it would be that easy.

Thanks for the notes, folks!
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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I light a chimney, about 2/3 full. Then I dump on top, but with the rest of the coals having a depression in the middle.
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I only use half a chimney in the winter when it's below zero. In the summer I use about 15.
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Ah good to know. I will try that with the ribs I have in my freezer.
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It really only takes a few lit coals to start the whole thing. I use a torch now and is way plenty fast.
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