Originally Posted by enasnidx
Thanks for the tips guys! I'll have to try those next time I fire it up. I did notice a big jump in temps when I put the wood in the basket too. The coals sat at about 350 steady until I dopped in a couple chunks of wood, then it spike to 450. Do you add wood right away? On top of the lit coals or on top of the unlit coals before adding the lit? (I'm pretty new to charcoal/smoking, - I've been a gasser for years -
I have eight, 1/2 in. holes drilled on top for my exhaust, these should be sufficient right? (I have the bung holes closed)
I bury the wood chunks in the unlit charcoal, so it will give a steady continual burn, and won't ignite too fast. I also wait 15-30 minutes after dumping lit coals and replacing lid to allow the fire to stabilize and start putting out TBS. I shake my head when watching videos of folks putting meat in their UDS/WSM right after lighting coals.