Originally Posted by didisea
Best way to fire up a WSM is a weed burner. Harbor Freight ~$35 You don't need a chimney. Concentrate the flame in 4 spots, and add the wood chunks on top. Should take you 8-12 mins to lighter up. I would also send back your Maverick thermometer and get yourself a thermopen. It is much more useful in probing meat for tenderness and temperature. I know its expensive, but it next to the smoker itself is the one piece of bbq equipment you will really need.
I personally disagree.... chimneys work great evenly lit coals.
The maverick or other pit monitor is essential. Doneness is best left to "the feel" and the maverick has a meat probe too. Pit temp dictates everything. Cook time, rubs, when/if to wrap, most everything, is affected by pit temp
Thermapens are a luxury. A $15 instant read takes temp in under ten seconds.