Originally Posted by Handsome Jack
I've only had an 18.5 WSM for a short time. On my first long burn I felt clumsy reloading the charcoal a double handful at a time. Whats a better way? Any special tools or tricks?
I see from your location that you are Q'ing in a cold climate. The 18.5 with a FULL ring of charcoal will last me about 16 hours with an average outdoor temp of 70*F. That's maintaining a temp of approx 250 to 275*F on the top rack.
Do you use water in the pan? Consider wrapping the water pan in foil and using a substrate such as a ceramic flower pot saucer etc.
We see these questions a lot. With the WSM, outdoor temp and wind are big factors. You can make a lot of adjustments with your vents too.
It will take some experimentation.
To answer your original question, I mounted Stanley garage door handles on my rig so I could lift off the upper part and and add hot coal if needed.
Can do the "Hot Squat" if required. Good Luck!