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Old 01-04-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Any time I start something new I do a lot of research. I like to take advantage of all the knowledge out there although sometimes I get confused with all the different information.

I was reading some place that one way to keep the temp up for a long smoke is to to put some unlit charcoal under the charcoal that is ready for cooking. Has anyone tried this? It seems to me that when the unlit charcoal start that it would flame up and make the temp unstable.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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I think you are referring to the Minion Method and I am guessing most of us here use it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:16 AM   #3
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It is the standard for me.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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You mean there might be other ways to cook?
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:49 PM   #5
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Any time I start something new I do a lot of research. I like to take advantage of all the knowledge out there although sometimes I get confused with all the different information.

I was reading some place that one way to keep the temp up for a long smoke is to to put some unlit charcoal under the charcoal that is ready for cooking. Has anyone tried this? It seems to me that when the unlit charcoal start that it would flame up and make the temp unstable.

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The unlit coals should not flame up if you have your vents set right. They can only flame up if enough oxygen is getting to them. With the right amount of oxygen going in they should simply smoulder for hours which is what you want.

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:05 AM   #6
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What all of 'em said.
I fill my charcoal bin completely with charcoal, and it only burns as needed, depending on the amount of oxygen that enters the fire chamber. Works very well and no flaming.

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I was reading some place that one way to keep the temp up for a long smoke is to to put some unlit charcoal under the charcoal that is ready for cooking.

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This is as good an illustration of the minion method as you will see(for the WSM , anyway)
This works excellently .


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Old 01-09-2013, 09:54 PM   #8
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It's not really necessary to use the No. 10 can. I just dump the lit coals on top of the ring full of unlit charcoal.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:20 AM   #9
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I like the can.
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i love the can ! its way cool! ,...but youre right , its not essential.
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I just learned something new, never seen it done like that. I've always done as Griff said and just dump lit coals on unlit, seems to work okay and saves a step.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:52 PM   #12
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I use a weed burner and pre heat my WSM while I am getting three different spots on the pile red hot.
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One of these days I'm going to have to get a weed burner. It looks like it saves a heap of time.
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One of these days I'm going to have to get a weed burner. It looks like it saves a heap of time.
For me, a weed burner lights too much charcoal. I do always use a propane torch with a smaller flame. It might take a little longer, but I can light individual pieces of charcoal if I want to.

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but it's still hard to beat a chimney filled with just the amount of charcoal that you want
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I only have one weed burner and I leave it in Michigan, but it is defiantly the way to start the fire and it is soooo impressive when you fire that thing up. And it works well actually burning weeds in the drive
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I would not twist with that young man. He don't seem to be normal.
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I would not twist with that young man. He don't seem to be normal.
Just great! a Buckeye fan in the middle of a Michigan National forest with a weed burner
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Just great! a Buckeye fan in the middle of a Michigan National forest with a weed burner
MI I always pull for the Wolverines other than one game a year. But you are right I could be dangerous with that weed burner
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Just makes it easier, and I would not use all that start charcoal either, way too much for my liking.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:59 AM   #20
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​I live by this method, definitely works if you want a long and steady grilling session
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