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Unread 04-15-2011, 05:41 PM   #31
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My babies on thier first smoke last winter, the poor ol' otg was feeling left out, so I used her as a table.
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Unread 04-15-2011, 11:15 PM   #32
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Great setup!
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Great thread!

I have never BBQd before in my life, I have only grilled. So I was nervous to buy a smoker when I have never cooked like that before in my life. After weeks of searching I finally decided on the WSM. Best decision of my life. I have screwed up a few cooks but most of it was my fault and bot the smokers fault. It holds temperatures like nobody's business and it can hold A LOT of BBQ. I have the 22.5" WSM and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a smoker. It may cost more but the piece of mind and successful cooks are more than worth it.
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Great thread!

I have never BBQd before in my life, I have only grilled. So I was nervous to buy a smoker when I have never cooked like that before in my life. After weeks of searching I finally decided on the WSM. Best decision of my life. I have screwed up a few cooks but most of it was my fault and bot the smokers fault. It holds temperatures like nobody's business and it can hold A LOT of BBQ. I have the 22.5" WSM and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a smoker. It may cost more but the piece of mind and successful cooks are more than worth it.
I wish I could have said that.

I couldn't agree with you more.
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Unread 04-16-2011, 12:04 AM   #35
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Here's me and two of my WSMs at our one contest last year.
10th chicken
10th ribs
5th brisket
10th overall.
Yeah. We pretty much rocked.
Congrats on the walks. What was your overall place?
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Great pic of a new WSM:

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I call this one Double Trouble. Not that it is though. It works fine doubled up.
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That's amazing!
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How did you get the wooden handles?
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Old WSM's came with them. If you are lucky enough you can salvalge one from an old kettle lid too.
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I appreciate WSM's and I don't even own one --- YET!!
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A chimney takes 20-30 minutes to get the coals hot. With a tourch, I can get the coals ready to go in about 3 minutes!
Sure, it's fast, but I was wondering if there was some other benefit. My problem with the torch is that I'm bad about catching wood that I bury in the briqs on fire. Lately, for long smokes, I bury about 3 wood chunks in the briqs around the perimeter of the ring, and put three others around the perimeter on top...just barely touching the lit briqs that I pour in a middle depression. It works pretty good and I don't add any wood.

The torch is kind of fun though, isn't it?
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Sure, it's fast, but I was wondering if there was some other benefit. My problem with the torch is that I'm bad about catching wood that I bury in the briqs on fire. Lately, for long smokes, I bury about 3 wood chunks in the briqs around the perimeter of the ring, and put three others around the perimeter on top...just barely touching the lit briqs that I pour in a middle depression. It works pretty good and I don't add any wood.

The torch is kind of fun though, isn't it?
It is fun but you don't bury wood chunks in the briqs when using one. First, you fill your ring with unlit coals, then light a few on top with the torch. Next, you put your wood chunks on top or the lit coals and assemble the WSM. As far as I know, this is the latest Minion method.
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So does Jim Minion have any reason for lighting the briqs with a torch, other than being a little quicker?

It just SEEMS like I wouldn't get quite enough smoke unless I added a couple more chunks of wood a few hours later into the cook....BUT...I don't like the (initial) smoke I get when I add wood in the middle of a cook.
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Dave, my advise is to not bury the wood. Try my way once. Great BBQ awaits...





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