Recent content by Fred BW

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    ATC options ~ PitmasterIQ IQ110 BBQ Temperature Regulator Kit

    That is the exact controller I have,and if I had it to do over. I would buy it again. The number one reason is it's simple. It might not hold the temp as close as it claims. But it truly is a set it and forget it controller. If you like to tinker and make graphs and get scientific then this...
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    Minion Starter Basket

    I am a bottomless coffee can aficionado. :) Just put the can in the center. Pour charcoal and smoke wood around the can. Pour lit coals in the can and pull the can out with a pair of pliers. Been doing it that way for quite a while. As Chris said. The starter basket looks like the same...
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    C Code WSM question

    Maybe fender washers would work? I can't tell how big the hole is. If the hole is small it's a piece of cake to put a washer on each side and bolt them together. It looks like most hardware stores have them up to 2 and 1/2 inches. But that big has 1/2 inch hole in the center. If you need that...
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    Problem with Pork Butt temp swings on WSM 22” and CyberQ

    Yea,leaks would be my bet. I would probably also try Kingsford blue bag. I myself only use Weber charcoal when i want extra heat and longer cooks. Don't get me wrong. I don't think weber charcoal is the problem. I just think it's kind of expensive for every day use. But with your vents the way...
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    Problem with Pork Butt temp swings on WSM 22” and CyberQ

    I'm kind of thinking maybe you opened the lid and didn't give it enough time for the fire to die down some. When the water started getting low,I'm sure that helped the temp to rise. You opened it up to add water,and air fueled the fire. It can easily take a 1/2 hour or more for the fire to...
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    Red WSM with blue/white speckles

    Interesting. Not too bad. Would probably have to clean the gunk/seasoning off. Not too much at all. Will have to give it some thought.
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    Red WSM with blue/white speckles

    I used to work in that neighborhood also. I live about 15 or 20 miles away. Anyone have a guess what something like that might cost?
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    WSM 18.5 Purchase

    Congrats. In my opinion you can't go wrong with the 18.5. I was looking really hard at the 14.5 when I was looking to get back into this. I was mainly thinking about charcoal savings. I am soooo glad i went with the 18.5. It really is easy on fuel. I was using Brinkmans in the past and they...
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    Oven Cleaner

    I have been using it on my grates since about the time i joined this forum. (read how Harry Soo puts em in a plastic bag and sprays em down and lets em soak) Works well. I have never tried it on the inside of my smoker though. I have worked very hard to get the insides all gunked up :)
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    Briquettes vs. Lump?!

    In my opinion you can't go wrong with Kingsford Blue bag charcoal. The reason you get mixed opinions is everyone has their own "secret" method:) The only way you will find out if you like lump or not is to try it. But if you are just getting your smoker dialed in. I would start with kingsford...
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    Time to clean...

    If you have a hair dryer/blower give that a try.
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    How Do YOU Clean Your WSM?

    I put a clay saucer over my water pan,and foil over that so all I have to do there is throw the foil away. I have a big plastic hot water heater tray I scrub grates with a wire brush in. After that I usually throw them in the dish washer. I sometimes knock the flakes off the inside of the lid...
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    Worth it?

    I have an 18.5 and honestly don't think I could do better. It is simple,fairly inexpensive,efficient,and flat out works. I keep it inside so it will outlast me :)
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    Party Q

    Thats the one I almost bought when I was looking for a controller. I didn't get it because it was buttery powered. I was afraid the batteries would be going dead in the middle of a cook. I'm sure you will love it. It's easy and hassle free and works. Which means it will probably get used a lot
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    Favorite things to cook sub 5 hrs

    Don't forget bacon. Bacon when it first comes off the smoker will melt in your mouth. BLT's with bacon from the smoker are mighty tasty.