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  • OSUrules
    Former Member
    • Jan 2016
    • 5
    • Ohio

    Hello From Ohio

    New to the pitmaster but have been a huge fan of the site for a couple of years. Thank you for all that you have taught me Amazingribs!

    I'm new to smoking on charcoal and would love any advice on WSM 18.5. I'm looking at building a PID for the unit in the future if anyone has advise on that let me know.
  • LA Pork Butt
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 5587
    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    #2
    Welcome to the Pit!

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    • Jon Solberg
      Former Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 4819

      #3
      Welcome aboard OSR!

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      • Huskee
        Administrator
        • May 2014
        • 15420
        • central MI, USA
        • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

          Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

          Smokers / Grills
          • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
          • PBC
          • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
          • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
          • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
          • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
          • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
          • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
          • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
          • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

          Thermometers
          • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
          • (7) Maverick ET-732s
          • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
          • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
          • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
          • Thermapen MkII, orange
          • ThermoPop, yellow
          • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
          • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
          • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
          • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

          Accessories
          • Instant Pot 6qt
          • Anova Bluetooth SV
          • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
          • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
          • BBQ Dragon
          • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
          • Weber grill topper
          • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
          • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
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          • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

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        #4
        Welcome to The Pit OSUrules! Glad to have you here. There are many WSM users here to help. Building a PID unit for it? That's quite a cool project- you must have some nice electrical engineering skills. Is this going to be better than the controllers currently available, or just something you enjoy doing so you want to do it yourself instead of buy one?

        Since this is your first post, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos.

        Also, it's very important that you add the domain AmazingRibs.com to your email safe list in case you are ever drawn as our monthly Gold Medal Giveaway winner!

        Hope to hear & see more from you!

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        • David Parrish
          Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
          • May 2014
          • 5046
          • Charlotte, NC

          #5
          Welcome OSUrules! We're glad you're here, even if you don't have good taste in college football

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          • OSUrules
            Former Member
            • Jan 2016
            • 5
            • Ohio

            #6
            Well It's hard not to be an OSU fan from ohio.

            I have some electrical skills but far from someone that can do it 100% on my own. I'm plan on building PID only because I can get most of the parts from my father that has a lot of left over parts from his heating and cooling days. The Auber units are great but spending 200-400 bucks on something that I can do for 100 is hard for me. My plan is do to a pid controller with fan with ramp up speed, damper control, off for correct temperature. It's more than I need but I keep adding just because of the controller I have.

            I just want to be able to set up the unit before I go to bed and keep a temperature close so I don't have to loose sleep. :-)

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            • David Parrish
              Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
              • May 2014
              • 5046
              • Charlotte, NC

              #7
              OSUrules the Party Q is an excellent basic controller and costs $150. Use that as the upper limit of what you want to spend

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              • OSUrules
                Former Member
                • Jan 2016
                • 5
                • Ohio

                #8
                I'll look into it. Thank you for the info!

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                • fuzzydaddy
                  Charter Member
                  • Nov 2014
                  • 4970
                  • Winchester TN
                  • Hardware
                    Blackstone 36” Griddle.
                    Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
                    Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
                    DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
                    Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
                    Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
                    GrillGrates.
                    Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
                    ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                    Consumables / Favorites
                    KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
                    Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
                    SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                    MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

                  #9
                  Welcome to the Pit OSUrules!

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                  • DWCowles
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 9703
                    • Smiths Grove, Ky
                    • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

                    #10
                    Welcome OSUrules

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                    • smokinfatties
                      Former Member
                      • Oct 2015
                      • 521
                      • Upland, CA

                      #11
                      welcome OSUrules ! always happy to share any insight on WSM. I too have an 18.5. I also recommend buying the better (thicker) door from Cajun Bandit or you could take a stab at making one yourself if you're into that kind of stuff. The temp control module makes a world of difference! I bought the stoker unit and it works excellent, but it is the same price as the WSM!

                      Have you had any specific issues with the WSM so far? If youre having trouble with temp control, take a look at the WSM charcoal set up article that is posted on the AR website. for long haul cooks i use the "soo's donut" and for shorter cooks i use the "fuse" method he describes. the fuse method always worked well when my temps heated up too much, and it also made it easy to salvage any unused charcoal at the end of the "fuse"

                      Also, I don't put water in the water pan, i just leave it empty and cover in foil. Some have said that they put sand in there to help regulate temperatures better, others use the water pan. like you will find, there are a million answers to every question! this site is great to get more info not only on the science but the technique that everyone else uses.

                      Cheers!

                      Paul

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                      • 3DJ
                        3DJ
                        Founding Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 114
                        • Columbus Ohio
                        • 22.5" WSM, iGrill Thermometer, Thermoworks -Thermopen, Original Cooking Thermometer/Timer, Weber Spirit Grill w/ GrillGrates+Griddle & BBQR'S Delight Smoke Box.

                        #12
                        Ahhh another Buckeye! OSUrules I took a beating around here leading to the NC game last year lol. Then it got quiet ;-) GO BUCKS!
                        I don't have a 18.5", I have the 22.5" and love it. You would do well to review Harry Soo's video from a little over a year ago.

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                        • OSUrules
                          Former Member
                          • Jan 2016
                          • 5
                          • Ohio

                          #13
                          smokin, My biggest issue is temp on log cooks for brisket or pork. I seem to have to adjust 20-30 times a cook and load up to 2 bags of kb. The last round I started out for pulled pork I loaded up full donut with full load of started coals. by 6 hours in I had to load more, 9 hours in load more, 12 hours load, 14 hours loaded and when it was done I had loaded in 2 bags. I don't know if my ash build up is causing issues as it seems to be holding with the coals and not dropping down. My full donut was almost gone in first 6 hours. The temp outside was 40 with wind. I had the vents at 1/3 and at the end full open to keep it even close to 225.

                          3dj, GO BUCKS.

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                          • JeffJ
                            JeffJ commented
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                            If you go to the video seminars channel one of the earliest seminars was with Harry Soo who, it just so happens, wins BBQ contests with.....an 18.5 WSM. If you have the 18.5 (or any size WSM - I have the 14.5 and LOVE it) that video is a must watch.

                            I have lived in Michigan my whole life and my blood runs maize and blue. Nevertheless, congrats to your team on another great season of football. I don't get what happened when you hosted MSU but your team was clearly the best in the Big-10 this year and as much as I tend to root against the Buckeyes I found myself rooting for your team against Alabama last year. Your beat-down of the Wolverines this year was one of the more impressive wins OSU has had in this rivalry. That wasn't a RichRod/Hoke team you guys demolished - Michigan had a good football team this year and to go into the Big House and win like that - impressive.

                          • OSUrules
                            OSUrules commented
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                            I'm just happy that That team up north will give us a game again soon. :-)
                        • BigBear
                          Former Member
                          • Sep 2015
                          • 657
                          • Dallas-Ft. Worth

                          #14
                          Welcome to The Pit OSUrules . We're glad you're here! Good luck with the PID project.

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