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noedge515



Joined: 25 May 2011
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PostPosted: May 25 2011    Post subject: New guy w/questions Reply with quote

Hi, Newbe from northern IL.
I have a WSM (bday present).
I have questions on everything from type/brand of charcoal
to maintaining smoker temp.
Thanks
Mark
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italian skewer
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PostPosted: May 25 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Mark.
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: May 25 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Mark, looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks. Very Happy Congrats on your new cooker WSM's are cooking machines. Very Happy
I like to use R/O charcoal in ours or Frontier brand Lump charcoal. The lump takes a little more getting used to because of the irregular sized pieces but once you get acquainted it works great. Most cooks you will use the minion method for your fuel burn. This means you will load the ring and start about 15 pieces of fuel and place them in the center for a slow burn. after you place the lit coals on then put the cooker together with all intakes and exhaust fully open. When the cooker reaches about 200 close the intakes down to about 1/8 to a 1/4 and let her settle in, some minor adjustments may be in order after the first. Always run the cooker with the exhaust wide open and adjust your temps with the intakes.
Here is a link to the Virtual Weber bullet site. There is a lot of great info and tips there as well.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/
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Beertooth
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PostPosted: May 25 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark welcome to the Ring!

WSM's are great smokers. Take some time, browse the forums.

Any questions at all, just post them. Plenty of people on here are more than happy to answer any & all no matter how many.
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PostPosted: May 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Ring!
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PostPosted: May 28 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Mark,ask all the questions you want,thats what the ring is for. Very Happy
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PostPosted: May 30 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring.
I'll cast my vote for Lump charcoal. Takes some getting used to, maybe one or two smokes, but once you do it's great. So that means you'll have to buy a few bags, smoke every weekend and enjoy it. O and post pics of the smokes.
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