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Old 06-27-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default Essentials that every Smoker setup should have?

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I am getting my 22.5" WSM this Monday and was wondering besides a Weber chimney, charcoal, wood chunks and starter cubes, what else should I purchase prior to smoking? I have been reading ALL about thermometers but not sure they are essential for the first cook (have a burger probe from Williams-Sonoma). Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot!

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Old 06-27-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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essential, maybe not, but a good pair of welding/cooking gloves.

also, a piar of hot food handling gloves is nice.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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Meat. Otherwise you're just wasting your time. I suggest pork butts and maybe a couple fatties for the maiden voyage.

There is absolutely no need to fire it up empty. (See above. )

Enjoy!

Nor would I include starter cubes in the essential list. I've never used them so they cannot be essential. Brown paper (old style grocery bags, charcoal bags) work well as do pieces of newspaper.

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Old 06-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #6
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A small metal trash can you can put ashes in for a few days to make sure all the tiny little embers go out. They can burn for at least a day. Don't ask me how I learned that one.
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A Thermapen! BBQ gloves also come in handy for use on a WSM.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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starter cubes? newspaper does great, fyi.

bbq gloves as said above. also, do not rely on the external mounted thermometer. when we talk about cooking temperature, we're talking about the cooking surface temperature. A $5 oven thermometer goes a long way (sitting ON the grate, right next to the meat).
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:05 PM   #9
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This is kind of a simple little thing, but I always have a cheap pair of tongs hanging on my kettle, for arranging coals, wood chunks, etc..
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how about a spatula and tongs?

keep it simple. get the fancy chit later.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:45 PM   #11
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:48 PM   #12
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i've been BBQing for a good 20 plus years, the weber starter cubes(THAT I JUST FARKIN STARTED USING)have changed my outdoor cooking life.

i say ESSENTIAL.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:04 PM   #13
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Well, as other's have said - pretty much a waste of smoke if there is not meat on it. Likewise, starter cubes do not light themselves. Finally grabbing cooked meat off the grid with your fingers hurts.

Not at all essential, but the two optional items that have influenced my smoking the most were an electronic draft control (bbq guru), and a thermapen (abet the temp probe on the guru could have done that - but the pen allows fast temp sampling).
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:12 PM   #14
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Hmmm lets see: Therma Pen, beer, poulder probe, beer, a good knife, a good pair of gloves, beer, did I mention beer yet????
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:27 PM   #15
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I have a small galvanized trash can with a lid that fits a bag of Kingsford minus a chimney perfectly
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