Flare Ups using Minion Method


 

JJunker

New member
Hey All,

Somewhat new user of the WSM 18. Have probably done 6-8 successful cooks and tackled my first brisket over the weekend. Minion Method with Kingsford charcoal, went pretty well other than one issue where I had a bad flare up causing the temp to spike from 225-250 all the way up to over 300.. I think from inspection I had a small wood piece instead of a chunk catch fire and caused a bunch of the briquettes to light also causing the flare up? Does this sound like it could have been the culprit? Filled the ring full with briquettes and had 3 chunks buried, poured probably 20 fully lit in the center crater. Flare up happened about 2 hrs in, I noticed a small chunk of wood completely on fire. After I was able to get it under control no issues ran steady around 226 and I was pleased with how the brisket came out for my first attempt.
 

Joe Anshien

TVWBB Wizard
The only time I have seen that is if I give it a lot of O2 by opening the door or taking the middle off. As soon as I close things up it goes right out.
 

Phil S

TVWBB Super Fan
If I have my wood chunks laying on top and a couple of them catch fire at the same time, I'll see a temperature spike. I try to either bury the wood or space them so they don't light at the same time.
 

CaseyMcC

New member
Hey All,

Somewhat new user of the WSM 18. Have probably done 6-8 successful cooks and tackled my first brisket over the weekend. Minion Method with Kingsford charcoal, went pretty well other than one issue where I had a bad flare up causing the temp to spike from 225-250 all the way up to over 300.. I think from inspection I had a small wood piece instead of a chunk catch fire and caused a bunch of the briquettes to light also causing the flare up? Does this sound like it could have been the culprit? Filled the ring full with briquettes and had 3 chunks buried, poured probably 20 fully lit in the center crater. Flare up happened about 2 hrs in, I noticed a small chunk of wood completely on fire. After I was able to get it under control no issues ran steady around 226 and I was pleased with how the brisket came out for my first attempt.
What positions were your bottom vents? Closing all 3 vents around the charcoal bowl will bring down the temp in a few minutes. A spike like that shouldn't be a problem for a few minutes.
 

MatthewR

TVWBB Member
If it happened 6-8 hours into the cook I would suspect the water bowl had run out....but at 2 hours in the culprit lay elsewhere. I wonder if you didn't get a sustained breeze that fed oxygen in through one of your open vents. Even a gentle breeze that lasts a couple minutes can cause a spike like the one you mentioned. I've found 1 chunk of wood catching fire isn't enough to cause a spike like that but who knows....with fire there are endless variables...it sounds like you handled everything right though. How did your food turn out?

Also - just my opinion...check out BnB Charcoal when you get a chance. I'll never go back to KBB IF I can help it :) 😀
 

JJunker

New member
What positions were your bottom vents? Closing all 3 vents around the charcoal bowl will bring down the temp in a few minutes. A spike like that shouldn't be a problem for a few minutes.
I had I think two barely open
If it happened 6-8 hours into the cook I would suspect the water bowl had run out....but at 2 hours in the culprit lay elsewhere. I wonder if you didn't get a sustained breeze that fed oxygen in through one of your open vents. Even a gentle breeze that lasts a couple minutes can cause a spike like the one you mentioned. I've found 1 chunk of wood catching fire isn't enough to cause a spike like that but who knows....with fire there are endless variables...it sounds like you handled everything right though. How did your food turn out?

Also - just my opinion...check out BnB Charcoal when you get a chance. I'll never go back to KBB IF I can help it :) 😀
I did think of this, it was a little gusty I noticed after the flare up and one of the vents I still had cracked the wind could blow right into the smoker… I will definitely check out BnB thanks
 

 

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