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    Total newbie - Good deal on 18.5" WSM...

    As long as you get decent thermometers (I use one on the grille surface, and another with a wired probe to monitor meat temps), it's a breeze to do a pork shoulder (butt). I smoked one, starting Monday at 10:15pm, and took it off at 2:45pm Tuesday. I let it rest in a cooler for just over two...
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    Total newbie - Good deal on 18.5" WSM...

    OK, that's great! I know the last kettle I bought did not come with a cover and since I bought my WSM used, I wasn't sure if it had one or not. For the price of the WSM, I feel it should come with a cover anyway. ;) And it's actually quite a nice one at that. My next investment is going to be...
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    using WSM indoors in a fireplace

    An actual fire in the chimney creates that draft, but the smoker has the fire enclosed, so the only draft occurring is inside the WSM. When first lighting mine off, smoke seeps out slightly through the door and all the seams. I can only imagine how this would smell up the living space, not to...
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    Total newbie - Good deal on 18.5" WSM...

    Since mine has to live outdoors most of the year, I use the cover on it (with all vents open). Mine was a Craigslist find, and the cover came with it. (I think they have to be purchased separately on new WSMs, don't they?)
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    "Weather" or not...

    I started it overnight--it's in the upper 50s/low 60s, cloudy, with no wind whatsoever. The weekend was too miserable to bother.
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    Is it ok to add unlit charcoal while cooking?

    I started the shoulder last night around 10:15pm, 9 pounds. 8am, the shoulder is at 180° (so it appears we made it through the stall). Grill surface temp was about 220° when I last checked at 2am (it held nicely there for four hours) but was at 270° when I checked it a few minutes ago...
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    "Weather" or not...

    Here I had planned to do my 9+ pound pork shoulder overnight, starting in a few hours. But the weather forecast has gotten progressively worse. Wind? Cold? Some light rain? Yeah, I can deal with those individually. But it appears that here in Michigan, we are getting a little nip of the...
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    Is it ok to add unlit charcoal while cooking?

    Jumping in here with a related question--my last load of ribs used a bit of the coals. Other times, it used about half, on average. I think I had them going for between 5-6 hours. If doing a large pork shoulder (>9 lbs.), allowing for 1.5 to 2 hours, I don't think my 18.5" WSM could last on a...
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    Got an old WSM from Storage

    @DGibb, the way Weber stocks parts for old kettles and smokers, I would think you could replace or even upgrade anything you wanted. Might cost a little more, but ~$300 for a new WSM is still a lot more. I scored my WSM from a Craigslist seller in Auburn Hills. He'd used it only three times...
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    My second WSM smoke (aka the Witch's Cauldron)

    Naturally yes, water does boil at 212, but why in subsequent smokes, occasionally drifting to higher temperatures (250-ish, at the grill surface), does it NOT boil? Air is a poor conductor of heat, so that partly explains its lack of boiling in normal circumstances. It was in the sun also. I...
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    My second WSM smoke (aka the Witch's Cauldron)

    I did baby-backs a couple of weeks ago that were fall-apart delicious. The pot wasn't boiling this time, but I had it nearly full to the top with water, and it helped keep that WSM at a perfect roasting temperature of about 225-235, barely fluctuating. I haven't had it boil since back in May...
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    My second WSM smoke (aka the Witch's Cauldron)

    By the time it was boiling, the coals had burned down a bit, at least a third of the way down into the ring. I will have to watch it more closely next time and see where the bowl and the coals lie. I filled the ring only up to the top, didn't mound them in the middle. And the bowl was seated...
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    My second WSM smoke (aka the Witch's Cauldron)

    I have smoked before--over the past couple of years, I've been doing small smokes on my 21" Weber kettle, and they have been coming out fine. But, temperature was a struggle, and I was constantly doing minor tweaks. By chance, someone on the local Craigslist was selling a WSM 18", practically...
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    Seasoning WSM

    I hated to waste a load of fuel, so I did my first smoke using a rack of baby-backs. Wasn't too happy with the outcome since the temperature fell to around 200 a few times, and flared up high once or twice, but some of that was due to the weather and the fact that I didn't use the MM to light...
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    When to put the food in the WSM?

    I Minioned my WSM18 last Saturday, using nothing but briquettes (no smoke wood), and by the time I got done fussing with everything else (assembling everything, getting water in the pan, bringing out the meat, etc.) the coals had about 15-20 minutes to start up. No ill effects. And actually...
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    Royal Oak - Home Depot Sale

    Aah, OK. I wasn't sure--we have a Royal Oak (city) in this area, and more Home Depots than you can shake a spatula at. It's been one of those days--things aren't sinking in... ;)
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    Royal Oak - Home Depot Sale

    Is this the Kingsford "blue"? I'm wary of Home Depot. In the past, they've carried a skimpy 13 pound (or some other odd weight) bag, whereas Lowe's still had the good, honest 20x2 packs. I'm waiting to stock up--I just opened the last of my three bags. I usually buy the limit. :D
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    A longer burn process for kettles

    That is about right--probably around 9-10 pounds of coal. This past time I used four lit coals and it took awhile to start, but I also did not have the vents open at first like I did in my previous two attempts. I tried to look at it every hour or so. I can't measure the internal temperature...
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    A longer burn process for kettles

    To be honest, I don't have an idea of how many coals I used, although I would guess I used maybe up to 2/3 of a 13.9 lb. bag of standard Kingsford to fill the area behind the bricks in the initial load, and only threw maybe a handful or two onto the pile later in the process. (I think it was a...
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    A longer burn process for kettles

    I may have the high temp licked: I have one of those Weber tool holders on the kettle, which hangs over the lip. I removed it this morning when I started a large pork shoulder, and it actually was running too cool, as the coals were barely taking off after about 45 minutes. (I started with...

 

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