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    Minion Method Problems

    Ok gang. Every time I try to use briquettes for the minion method, I cannot get rid of the thick white smoke. It does not matter if I put the coals on the top of the pile (lit that is) or on the side. It just seems to smoke as the new coals light off.

    See the video.

    Any advice or help?


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    I will also add that this fire has been going for almost two hours. I normally leave the bung hole covered, but I wanted that smoke out.

    Charcoal is stubbs, and the wood chunks had been removed, so that is straight coals. The Stubbs was just opened when I put it in the nest.

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    Mine smokes just like that with either Royal Oak Briqs or Kingsford.........haven't tried lump in my drum yet......

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    I have doubts about this fattie I just cooked.

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    As I feared, the bacon wrapped fattie I made came out tasting like the smoke smelled. Just like black charcoal. Looks like I'm sticking to Frontier lump, but any ideas would be appreciated. I would like to be able to utilize both.

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    That looks normal to me. One thing I don't use any "natural" briqs like Stubb's, Rancher or Trader Joes when cooking direct. Fats dripping on the coals stir up ash and get on your meats.

    Why do you have the bung cap off and the vents fully open? What are your intakes set at and what temp you cooking at?
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    I had the bung cap off because I was trying to ventilate the smoke out more. I never do that, but this smoke was so heavy in the drum that I was desperate to get the smoke out. It would bellow thick gray at times. My intake vents were set to give me 275 inside. About 1 hole each side. (due to the bung hole cap being off)

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    Also, there is no meat dripping on the coals in that video. That's just the stubbs burning.

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    Clean your drum really well (crank it wide open until the smoke runs clear and then scrape it out, 500+ degrees). If the smoke never runs clear, change charcoal and run a high quality lump.

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    geting basted with spot on advice

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