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Newbie question wood chunks and WSM

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Posted by Rich S on July 25, 2011 at 19:52:18:

Hey all,
Just did my first smoke on a WSM. Split chickens came out quite nice. Since I am trying to learn how the cooker handles I used 6 cherry wood chunks and the minion method. 3 chunks under and 3 chunks on top. So the cooker kept going for at least 8 hours with the amount of charcoal that i used(full charcoal ring. When I checked the coals after one hour just to see what it looked like(learning experience remember) I noticed that the wood really wasnt smoldering any longer.

Is this is what is supposed to happen? I am used to using a charcoal grill and wood chips in aluminum foil packet so i didnt know what to expect. And when you do a longer cook such as a brisket and you have to add more charcoal do you add more wood chunks also?

Any help and suggestions are appreciated

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