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Unread 01-05-2013, 09:14 PM   #16
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I fill my charcoal ring to the top with 4 or 5 fist sized chunks of wood mixed in the charcoal.
I light it in 3 places, in between the vents, with a high output propane torch.
I let it go for about 10 or 15 minutes then put the WSM together.
I bring the cooker slowly up to my cooking temperature, then put the meat on.
I do not use water, I use a foiled clay flower pot base in the foiled water pan.

WSM dome thermometers are accurate for where they are located.
I find it better to measure the temperature at the grate level.

Hope this helps.

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Unread 01-06-2013, 08:28 AM   #17
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I used a 1/14 chimney of charcoal and half a ring.
The chuckie has settled in at 275
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The new barrel will cook a bit hotter than a seasoned one.
It will be easier to control after a few cooks.

+ 1 on the propane torch for starting the fire, just get a few coals glowing and it will slowly rise, as opposed to trying to bring it down.
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Seems to have settled in at 250. I am still working on getting the fire to where I want but it stays where it is, which is nice.
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You have to catch the temp on the way up, not try and get it to lower back to where you want it. Will save you fuel and time doing that.
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I always measure my cooking temp at the grate. But when I measure it at the top of the dome near the factory thermometer it is way off. Maybe I just got a bad one but I have read others on here say the same thing. It was the first thing I checked when I fired it up.
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Just curious, what's the temp outside?
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I always count out 12 briquettes to light this always gets me in the 250-275* range
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29 degrees when I started, about 40 degrees now.
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