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Unread 12-31-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hi guys & gals;

I like to cook turkeys and am in the middle of one right now on my wsm 22.

I'm having difficulty keeping the temp at 325 with all vents wide open unless I keep the access door fully open. It's really not all that cold or windy out.

Am I expecting too much heat from my wsm? Are there any tricks or advice or am I looking at buying a 22" kettle?
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Unread 12-31-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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I've not tried H/H on my WSM but I found that starting with 2 lit chimneys of charcoal on my 26" kettle got me well over 410°. Did you start with more lit coals? That extra heat might get more air flow which should produce more heat.

I don't think a 22" kettle has any more air flow capacity (size of vents) than the WSM.

You might try cracking the lid open a bit.

BTW, the high heat on my 26 was for the first half hour of a turkey (ala Alton Brown) and it did come out good.
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Do you use the minion method on your WSM? I find with mine to get over 300 I start with about 20 lit briquettes.
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Pull the water pan
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What is in the water Pan? Do you have a wind brake set up?
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Usually when that happens to me I didn't start out with enough lit coals. You might consider starting another chimney, taking your smoker apart and adding it once it has fully lit and ashed over. I would also add some additional unlit while it is apart i order to sustain the heat.

When I put a full chimney of unlit and a full chimney of lit in my 22.5 WSM, I top out between 325 and 350. Two chimneys of lit will get you 400 plus.
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Agree with above. No water in pan (but keep it in as a heat shield and drip pan).

It takes some serious coal to get a 22.5 up to those temps but they will last once your there.
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Hi guys & gals;

I like to cook turkeys and am in the middle of one right now on my wsm 22.

I'm having difficulty keeping the temp at 325 with all vents wide open unless I keep the access door fully open. It's really not all that cold or windy out.

Am I expecting too much heat from my wsm? Are there any tricks or advice or am I looking at buying a 22" kettle?
Do not know if you are using a roasting pan or not but yesterday I was doing a butt and had a large turkey roasting pan on lower rack to catch grease and mine would not get above 280. To my amazement when I removed the pan my temps went to 375 immediately.
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Do you use the minion method on your WSM? I find with mine to get over 300 I start with about 20 lit briquettes.
Yes, I used the minion and the large weber chimney full to the top
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What is in the water Pan? Do you have a wind brake set up?
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Agree with above. No water in pan (but keep it in as a heat shield and drip pan).

It takes some serious coal to get a 22.5 up to those temps but they will last once your there.
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Do not know if you are using a roasting pan or not but yesterday I was doing a butt and had a large turkey roasting pan on lower rack to catch grease and mine would not get above 280. To my amazement when I removed the pan my temps went to 375 immediately.
I did have the drip pan in with about 2" of sand ( haven't even tried water yet) and the bird directly on the top grate w/o roasting pan. Probably give pan in empty no sand next time.
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What is in the water Pan? Do you have a wind brake set up?
I did use 3 sheets of 4' x 4' plywood on 3 sides to block any breeze.
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Thank you blues man, I will give this a try.
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If you put a 14" shim under the lid for a few minutes the temp will climb quickly,
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If you put a 14" shim under the lid for a few minutes the temp will climb quickly,
Awesome. Thank you Brian, I will do this.
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All advice so far has been good. I did a mod on my door. Mounted a small bolt about 1/2" in from each upper corner.

It allows me to turn the door upside down, then I can pull it out (with bolts holding it) so it acts as an adjustable vent

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