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    Hello from Canadian Lakes, MI

    Hello from Central Michigan. I've been a member since 2016 but only recently started posting. I also started smoking in 2016 and Meathead was one of the first books I purchased. The book and this website is by far the best I've found. I have both a 18" WSM and Weber Kettle. I love the WSM and have had excellent results. I have had issues with the kettle grill adjusting the cooking temps. Haven't given up on the kettle grill since it's easier to set up and clean for smoking small, short time items.

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    Welcome to the Pit! Lots of kettle folks here. Temp to high? close the vents, still to high? get some binder clips to seal leaks around the lid. Big thing to remember things happen slowly. Make an adjustment and give it 15 minuets. Are you using an accurate digital thermometer? Lots of help to be had here. Just ask.

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    • HawkerXP
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      Before I came here I used the Weber charcoal baskets and I found that 14 hot coals would give me 225 to 240. I had to keep adding about 6 unlit bricketts every half hour. Great if you have nothing else to do.

    • HawkerXP
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      Then I heard about the “snake method” which worked good also. But once I got my SnS I was more consistent in my cooking. Do so reading here and at the abcbarbecue.com

    • Mr. Bones
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      JGo37 ya might consider lookin in th Electrical section of yer local hardware superstore, fer some beam clamps; mebbe that'd give ya someplace to start...or at least give ya some ideas...

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    Greetings from Colorado ...

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      #4
      Welcome to The Pit from Maryland!

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        #5
        Welcome to The Pit Dave. Do you have a Slow N Sear for the kettle/ That will help with holding temps.

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          #6
          Welcome to The Pit DaveS121! We appreciate your support and I'm glad you popped in to say hello.

          I live just under an hour NE of you. I used to be very familiar with Canadian Lakes. In fact, in the late 90s to mid/late 2000s I worked on countless homes in CL doing insulation & drywall, sunrooms, etc. Even one of the hotels there, I wanna say St Ives.

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          Hope to hear & see more from you!

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          • DaveS121
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            My email address is correct and I receive emails from AmazingRibs.com. A small world. Working on homes in CL did you know Jim Diehm a local, retired, general contractor? We retired to CL from Chicago in 2016. We vacationed at St. Ives in 2011. What drew us to the area were the bicycle trails. We met Jim Diehm through a local bicycle group, Silver Spokes of Mecosta County. We love it here.

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          RonB mentioned the SnS. You really need to get it. Your whole kettle experience will change. Welcome after 2 years! Eat good & have fun!

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            #8
            Welcome from Indiana

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              #9
              Welcome from southeast Michigan!

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                #10
                Nice to hear from ya, after 2 years, brother!
                Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!

                I'd also be interested in what brand charcoal are ya usin, how many, an lit, vs unlit, at startup...

                Alla this will help home in on some good answers fer ya...

                Lookin forward to learnin along with ya, Keep th Smoke Rollin!

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                • DaveS121
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                  On my kettle grill for a 2-3 hour cook I use about 3/4 full charcoal chimney of fully engaged Kingford briquettes.

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                Welcome to the Pit DaveS121 from NE Washington state. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun. If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like. For jokes, go to this thread. Go to this thread to post where you work and what your hobbies are and get to know other members here. We are happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

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                  #12
                  Welcome to the Pit from NW Washington State!

                  Controlling airflow in your kettle is key to temp control. As Mr. Bones mentioned, using clamps or something to squeeze the lid down helps a lot. I use Bulldog-clips for the same effect, just my own preference.

                  If you want to hang out with BBQ folks, you came to the right place brother!

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                    #13
                    Welcome to The Pit! We are happy to have you.

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                      Welcome from the Lowcountry of South Carolina

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