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mirage 06-27-2013 03:32 PM

Essentials that every Smoker setup should have?

I am getting my 22.5" WSM this Monday and was wondering besides a Weber chimney, charcoal, wood chunks and starter cubes, what else should I purchase prior to smoking? I have been reading ALL about thermometers but not sure they are essential for the first cook (have a burger probe from Williams-Sonoma). Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot!


CharredApron 06-27-2013 03:42 PM

Go down to Long Warf and get some Texas Hots, Your good to go after that!

MisterChrister 06-27-2013 04:11 PM

Beer. And patience. Welcome to the addiction!

boogiesnap 06-27-2013 04:26 PM

essential, maybe not, but a good pair of welding/cooking gloves.

also, a piar of hot food handling gloves is nice.

HankB 06-27-2013 04:30 PM

Meat. Otherwise you're just wasting your time. I suggest pork butts and maybe a couple fatties for the maiden voyage.

There is absolutely no need to fire it up empty. (See above. :rolleyes: )


Nor would I include starter cubes in the essential list. I've never used them so they cannot be essential. Brown paper (old style grocery bags, charcoal bags) work well as do pieces of newspaper.

Oh, and welcome to the Brethren! :D

wags 06-27-2013 04:35 PM

A small metal trash can you can put ashes in for a few days to make sure all the tiny little embers go out. They can burn for at least a day. Don't ask me how I learned that one.:oops:

Toast 06-27-2013 04:35 PM

A Thermapen! BBQ gloves also come in handy for use on a WSM.

Lake Dogs 06-27-2013 04:59 PM

starter cubes? newspaper does great, fyi.

bbq gloves as said above. also, do not rely on the external mounted thermometer. when we talk about cooking temperature, we're talking about the cooking surface temperature. A $5 oven thermometer goes a long way (sitting ON the grate, right next to the meat).

2dumb2kwit 06-27-2013 05:05 PM

This is kind of a simple little thing, but I always have a cheap pair of tongs hanging on my kettle, for arranging coals, wood chunks, etc..

ButtBurner 06-27-2013 05:08 PM

how about a spatula and tongs?

keep it simple. get the fancy chit later.

va_connoisseur 06-27-2013 05:45 PM

Good cigars, better libation, great friends and patience. Have fun, I love my WSM.

boogiesnap 06-27-2013 05:48 PM

i've been BBQing for a good 20 plus years, the weber starter cubes(THAT I JUST FARKIN STARTED USING)have changed my outdoor cooking life.


jcinadr 06-27-2013 08:04 PM

Well, as other's have said - pretty much a waste of smoke if there is not meat on it. Likewise, starter cubes do not light themselves. Finally grabbing cooked meat off the grid with your fingers hurts.

Not at all essential, but the two optional items that have influenced my smoking the most were an electronic draft control (bbq guru), and a thermapen (abet the temp probe on the guru could have done that - but the pen allows fast temp sampling).

firefighter4634 06-27-2013 08:12 PM

Hmmm lets see: Therma Pen, beer, poulder probe, beer, a good knife, a good pair of gloves, beer, did I mention beer yet????

ironmanerik 06-27-2013 08:27 PM

I have a small galvanized trash can with a lid that fits a bag of Kingsford minus a chimney perfectly

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