Originally Posted by tb80
Thanks guys. I guess I am used to my 22.5 weber silver. I can shut that baby down and the fire goes out and I have leftover charcoal. With the smokey joe it is not air tight enough to do that.
How many lit coals do you add when starting up the mini wsm?
Depends on how hot you want your fire to be. I use lump because I wasn't getting the temps I wanted with briqs, so I just kinda eyeball it - if I'm doing chix, maybe around 1/2 chimney? Not sure. I have the bottom still on the pot with holes drilled out btw - I may cut it out, still not sure about that. Sometimes I start it with the weedburner, so I don't really know. Frankly, I don't even pay that much attention to temps anymore either, I just put my hand over the exhaust and feel for the heat. You kinda just need to get in there and do it, see what works, what doesn't work, and take it from there.
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