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In Reply to: Re: WSM heat control posted by rkjhawk on May 31, 2014 at 21:40:24:
First. Adding a whole chimney of hot coals is youyr biggest problem... I use Royal Oak lump, 3-3"chunks of wood. 1 hickory, 2 apple. I then add 10 - 12 Kingsford briquets, totally "ashed" right in the middle... Put all the pieces together with the vents wide open.. (I don't use water or sand.. I use a clay flower pot plate wrapped in foil in the water pan, then cover the water pan with a layer of foil....Clean up is so easy...) when the temp reaches 185,* I close one bottom vent....When it reaches 210* I clse another vent.... when it reaches 220* I close the last vent........ maintains 225* to 260* (depending on the outside temp) for hours,,,works in both my 18" and 22"... Ray's trick of lifting the lid (and turn upside down) is a very good way of lowering the temps... just do it fast!
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