Originally Posted by Dave Russell
Sure, it's fast, but I was wondering if there was some other benefit. My problem with the torch is that I'm bad about catching wood that I bury in the briqs on fire. Lately, for long smokes, I bury about 3 wood chunks in the briqs around the perimeter of the ring, and put three others around the perimeter on top...just barely touching the lit briqs that I pour in a middle depression. It works pretty good and I don't add any wood.
The torch is kind of fun though, isn't it?
It is fun but you don't bury wood chunks in the briqs when using one. First, you fill your ring with unlit coals, then light a few on top with the torch. Next, you put your wood chunks on top or the lit coals and assemble the WSM. As far as I know, this is the latest Minion method.