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    Smokey Joe Mini WSM, Charcoal and temperature help

    I built a Smokey Joe Mini WSM a few years ago. I try to use it a few times a year when camping, But I always have issues maintaining a good smoking temperature. Does anyone have any tips or tricks they can share or point me in the right direction? I plan on using it this weekend for a 6lb pork shoulder. Ever time I've tried it, I end up spending the day chasing around 225. either way to hot or the charcoal gets too much ash and gets to low of a temp.
    I planned on filling the charcoal grate with charcoal. and smoking wood. then adding about a 1/4 of a chimneys worth of hot coals in the middle. Then adding pot/meat. What might the best settings for the bottom and top vents?

    Thanks for any help.

    Out side Temperature is expected to be low 60's with very little wind.

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    Automatic
    Temperature
    Controller

    Seriously.

    Makes cooking so simple, easy, you do it more often
    Little more trouble than an oven

    Probably not what you were looking for
    But its truly a game changer.
    Unless you want to constantly attend a cook.....no futzing with vents, or # starting coals, or minion methods, etc.


    I got a smoky joe im going to convert over christmas holidays.
    Last edited by MartinB; 11-11-2019 at 07:12 AM.

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    Give this lighting method a try. It works extremely well. I very rarely cook down at 225 anymore. Usually I am up in the 265-285 or even as high as 325-250.

    https://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?722...E+LIGHT+METHOD

    When I used to use the minion method I'd start with 5-6 lit briquettes.

    As for vent settings always have the top vent open and usually two of the lower vents shut completely off once I am up to temp.

    I recently did purchase the BBQ-Guru PartyQ. So that changes everything. I have smoked for over 10 years without using it on my Mini-WSM's and 14.5 WSM.

    https://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?79108-Party-Q
    14.5" WSM, (4) Mini-wsms, Mini-Za Oven, Minitisserie, GOSM Big Block, 1967 Casa Q

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