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early mornin' smokin' 08-07-2013 10:55 AM

fired up my spicewine last night for the first time!
 
No pics, I know, didnt happen. But I fired up my new to me large spicewine last night and the things a BEAST!!! I chimney of lit coals to get it warmed, when they burned down I shoveled them off to the side and made about a 10" wide line of coals across the bottom, chunks of peach mixed in. Up to temp in about 45 minutes. left the stacks wide open, and basically closed down the bottom vents, it cruised along slowly creeping up to almost 300. I closed the stacks down to about half way, and let her run till the fire burnt out. I'd guess I got a good 8 hours out of her before the coals died out. Next time I think i'm going to go with briquettes, it really seemed to fly thru the lump.

are the maze baskets still available? definitely thinking a guru is a necessity to let it run unattended. Any other suggestions, lets hear them.

Billdanc 08-07-2013 12:57 PM

Congrats on the new Spicewine! As you use your large Spicewine, you will learn the start up procedure that best works for you. Having a charcoal basket makes all the difference in the world. I invested in my own welder and made my own. I start off with one chimney full of briquttes, Spicewine advises against usinfg lump, because it burns hotter and faster and cause your temps to run away from you. Start with one chimney, and open your bottom drafts all the way open, then have your top vents open 1/2. Your temp will come up slowly, as you get near your target temp, start closing your bottom vents till they are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch open. If you are going to add water, add hot water! This will cause the firebox to work less hard to maintain temp. Once up to temp, you will not need a Guru, it will sit at your set temp for 10- 15 hrs if you have a charcoal basket. I have a Guru, and it was just not needed. Anyway, i would learn to run your pit without one before using the Guru so you will know all the ins and outs of your new pit. Hope this helped, enjoy the pit, you have one of the best ever made:clap:

early mornin' smokin' 08-07-2013 01:41 PM

i'm all for building my own maze, just need some pictures of what would work best for a large! I'm a fan of running the cooker dry, don't like steamy bbq

landarc 08-07-2013 01:51 PM

Very nice, Spicewine is on my probably never gonna own one list of things.

RevZiLLa 08-08-2013 09:04 PM

Congrats

Pyle's BBQ 08-08-2013 10:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by early mornin' smokin' (Post 2580502)
i'm all for building my own maze, just need some pictures of what would work best for a large! I'm a fan of running the cooker dry, don't like steamy bbq

Here you go.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ight=spicewine


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