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Old 01-24-2007, 11:59 PM   #1
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WSM Fuel Prep ?

Getting ready to break in my WSM.

Would appreciate feedback on how everyone preps their fuel.

What method will give the longest burn time. I am sure some of you have tried many variations.

I have read about doing it a few different ways including:

Form a bowl in the middle of a pile of unlit and dump 1/4 chimney in the bowl. This would make the coals burn slow from the center outward.

Also read that just spreading 10-15 lit coals over a heap works well.

Whatcha think is the best way?
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:08 AM   #2
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I'd go with the last one.
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Old 01-25-2007, 04:43 AM   #3
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:39 AM   #4
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Yeah, the second one. Hey Jim, you've heard of that method?
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:45 AM   #5
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I form a bowl in the middle of the charcoal with one of my pieces of wood in the bowl. Then I load up the cooker with the cold meat, put the lid on and then I spoon 10-15 lit coals (depending on the weather) right in the middle of the bowl ontop of the wood chunk for instant smoke. Then I let the cooker slowly come up to temp and make my one adjustment when the dome temp hits 200*. Dome temp will settle in the range of 240-260*.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:37 PM   #6
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Here's how I've been doing it. Used unlit lump charcoal and lit briquettes to get the started. That is what was recommended here last spring when I bought my WSM. It works great.





I think I may try Larry's way next time just because I like trying new ways of doing things...sometimes.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:54 PM   #7
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Cliff are you using the almighty Kingsford or lump?
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Cliff are you using the almighty Kingsford or lump?
As you know I tend to buy whatever is in a busted bag at work. I picked up two bags of RO tonight for three buck each.

I already have a bag of Kingsford. If I do one of the cooks with lump it will be one of the later ones so the inside of the smoker has time to develop a haze.
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:50 AM   #9
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Re: WSM Fuel Prep ?

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Originally Posted by Cliff H.
Getting ready to break in my WSM.
The last one works well !!
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