Originally Posted by slowerlowerbbq
Thanks all! I do run the WSM with no water in the pan even for low temp cooks. It seems like the happy place for these 22" WSMs is around 250* no matter what i do. Although it will sit at 225* all night on the Stoker when I start the fire off slow. Also, I have checked to shake the ash off the charcoal and even tried adding a whole chimney of lit to no avail. Wind usually isn't a problem, but the cold may be. perhaps I need to throw a blanky on there
. Does anyone have any experience using any kind of insulator on these?
Sorry, late post I know. I have a Pro Q Excel 18". Try this - crack the lid just a bit. instead of seating it properly, leave it unseated with a gap. I've done this on hot and fast briskets and works like a charm. I would wait until the fire settles down a bit. I've done it off the bat and have had the cooker spike to over 400 degrees! Good luck, let me know if it works on that huge cooker!