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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default Only one side burns in my Mini WSM

I notice my Mini WSM likes to burn the lump charcoal on the left side every single time. I stoke the coals moving red ones over to the right side.. I check back later and again the left side is glowing red and the right side is out. The Mini WSM has equal airflow all the way around the bottom.
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Unread 07-12-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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Where is your exhaust vent in relation to the fire??
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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:03 AM   #3
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Are you using the Gold or Silver? In other words are your vents on the bottom or the sides?
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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:12 AM   #4
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I am using the Smokey Joe Silver, with a 16 guage expanded metal grate over the stock charcoal grate to help catch smaller pieces of lump. I have an oversized tuna can with 16 x 3/8" holes drilled around the top of it to keep the coals from clogging the vents.

I've rotated the exhaust vent before and it didn't seem to make the fire move from one side to the other. I'd think ideally the exhaust would be in the center of the top like in the big green egg or some UDS i've seen.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 01:48 AM   #5
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What is your procedure for lighting? Minion? A pic of your set up would help us try and figure it out. Could be something as simple as wind direction. Most of our wind here comes from the West most times, so I have had to keep that in mind when Q'ing. Wind breaks, etc.
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