Originally Posted by iceman72475
Thanks for the tip HankB. I don't know if this is the wright move or the wrong move but I bought 3 chicken and and a 12lb turkey I plan on throwing on there along with the pork butt. I am planning on starting the pork butt early and then putting the chicken and turkey on around 11. I am planning to cook at 275. I know that is high to some people but thats what I think the happy medium will be for the pork and the chicken cooking together. Oh, I also have some chicken thighs i am planning on cooking if I have enought heat left after the whole chickens come off.
I'm chuckling here because for the inaugural smoke on my 22.5 I bought 4 chickens and a 20 pound turkey. I found I could only fit three chickens on the 22.5 top rack and wound up putting the fourth in my mini-WSM.
I had 8 pound chickens. Perhaps yours are smaller.
(More at The Big One - Inaugural Smoke
I hope you can fit all of that! I do much prefer to fill the smoker when I fire it up. One of the silliest things I remember is Steve Raichlen (Primal Grill) firing up a 22.5 WSM for a single chicken on the top grate.