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jmon
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours

The Digi Q for overnight smokes. Unless, of course, you want to wake up periodically during the night to constantly check the temps!


kfizzle85
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
The digiQs are pretty nifty, but I would personally suggest reading and smoking without one for awhile, just so you can get the hang of the process.


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Neauxla
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
how does that control the temp? Just looks a temperature gauge... Doesn't have a fan or anything does it?

ETA: nevermind, just re-read that it has 2 fans
This post was edited on 4/26 at 2:25 pm


RedHawk
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
Minion Method

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RedHawk
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
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The Digi Q for overnight smokes. Unless, of course, you want to wake up periodically during the night to constantly check the temps!


I never wake up in the middle of the night to check temps on my WSM. The WSM is that good at holding temps. I find that once I have the dampers set properly and have a constant temp for an hour, that it can go for 10 hours straight and stay within 20 degrees. That is close enough for me.


jmon
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
Has a blower and a fan and probes for the ambient temp and internal food temp. You can set alarms for high or low on both. After a few years of in and out through the night, I opted for this and have slept well ever since! You will find the WSM a very useful cooking tool!

Ribs and boston butt first!


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Eddie Vedder
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
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I never wake up in the middle of the night to check temps on my WSM. The WSM is that good at holding temps. I find that once I have the dampers set properly and have a constant temp for an hour, that it can go for 10 hours straight and stay within 20 degrees.


this. the Digi Q looks cool but i've never had a problem maintaining temp without one. use the minion method, and you can set and forget for long smokes.


kfizzle85
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+1 unless its exceptionally windy outside.


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Neauxla
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Minion Method

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What kind of charcoal do you use? Regular Kingsford? Matchlite? etc.?


jmon
LSU Fan
Mandeville, LA
Member since Oct 2010
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
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I never wake up in the middle of the night to check temps on my WSM


Y'all are right when you say that the WSM holds temp well, and the minion method is the only way to go. Having stated that I check the temp, not that the WSM can't hold the temp, I tend to worry about it even though its never let me down. I also like the tech aspect of the digiQ. OP was looking for recommendations, so I threw that one out there.


Kingwood Tiger
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What kind of charcoal do you use?


Kingsford blue bag


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Eddie Vedder
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
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Regular Kingsford


supplemented early in the smoke with wood chips.


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Eddie Vedder
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OP was looking for recommendations, so I threw that one out there.


absolutely; he should know what his options are...and, although I don't use one, i'll admit the digiQ looks cool from a gadget standpoint.


jmon
LSU Fan
Mandeville, LA
Member since Oct 2010
682 posts

re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
For me - Kingsford, and 3 parts cherry and or apple wood - to 1 part pecan or hickory for milder smokes on pork, hickory or pecan on poultry, beef can be any combination. There is a long running debate as to whether or not wood needs to be added the entire time, but for me, I load it up in levels in the minion method. The interesting part is finding the flavor profile you like and going with it. The Jack Daniel barrel chips impart a nice flavor on ribs, as well.


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kfizzle85
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I'm a huge tech nerd and I hated on my parents for always playing down smartphones (until they both got one ~4 years ago) and just old people for being tech-averse. Then I see the digiQ and I think oh that's pretty cool, but I like doing it old school. Feel like a hypocrite.


Eddie Vedder
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Then I see the digiQ and I think oh that's pretty cool, but I like doing it old school. Feel like a hypocrite.


..i like gadgets as well but there is something very satisfying about getting the fire right, and keeping right, without relying on anything else.



kfizzle85
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
I'll prob end up buying one this summer.


CE Tiger
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re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
make sure you get a Chimney starter and read the proper method to light it. I was lighting charcoal like a damn fool


Eddie Vedder
LSU Fan
The South Plains
Member since Jan 2006
4438 posts

re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
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make sure you get a Chimney starter and read the proper method to light it. I was lighting charcoal like a damn fool



alright, you have to share this story....how exactly where you using the chimney inappropriately? ...you can tell us...we are all friends here...


jmon
LSU Fan
Mandeville, LA
Member since Oct 2010
682 posts

re: I'll be a WSM owner in 24 hours
kfizzle- it's a neat gadget. They have a wifi version but that was way too much "tech control" even for me!

I don't use the digiQ for ribs, mostly for the longer than 12 hour smokes for brisket. For butts I can go with or without, depending on what other project I have going on at the same time.

Chimney starter for sure, and get the Weber brand. The knockoffs aren't as fast lighting in my experience.

Find a good rub, or create your own, and that goes for sauces, too.


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