Can I use my WSM as a fire pit?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kryinggame, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. kryinggame

    kryinggame Smoking Fanatic

    This is a serious question.  With Fall here and winter soon approaching, I've always wanted to buy a fire pit to enjoy in my yard.  The smell of burning wood is beautiful to me and my better half.  But my patio isn't that large and I already have 2 MES;s; a gas smoker and my WSM there.  I really don't want it to look like a junk yard.

    So, can the bottom half of the WSM be used as a fire pit to burn wood?  Don't know if it can cause any damage.

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Maybe.......  if you line it with fire brick....  It still could get too hot and damage the porcelain coating...  The legs will have to be reinforced to carry the extra weight...     If you like the WSM and cook on it, I wouldn't do it.....   You might end up buying a fire pit and a new WSM....  

    All of the above is a guess.... no facts....  

  3. kryinggame

    kryinggame Smoking Fanatic

    Dave, as always, you give good advice.  I'm not going to risk my WSM.  I'll just spend the cash and buy a dedicated fire pit. 
  4. or make one out of a washer tumbler can find em on CL all the time. ppl gut out washer machines and keep the barrels for fire pits. have a few legs welded on to it..and pit status!..also doubles as a place to pre burn wood for adding coals to smoker. win win!
  5. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Yea i wouldn't risk damaging my WSM bottom either. The highest temp you might have in the bowl of the WSM is around 300 degrees and that's slow burning coal...not open flame. Also backyard fires can get much hotter then 300-400 degrees so you run the risk getting it to hot and making it break down faster.

    Home depot sells nice looking coper firepits, i have one, for aroiund $100...its great and lasts forever!
  6. sent you a PM with some links to some fire pits for pretty cheap in your area.
  7. kryinggame

    kryinggame Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks gang. 

    TurnandBurn, I appreciate the links.  The only problem is, those three are pretty far out from me.  I actually saw a nice one for about $100 at Walmart. 
  8. just trying to give ya a general idea...stuff is out there..just gotta go get it. lol. im a craigslist hound..if its needed i can find
  9. kryinggame

    kryinggame Smoking Fanatic

    Funny, about a year ago, I was searching Craiglist pretty hard for a WSM.  Someone in the area was selling one but it was extremely dirty and rusted.  Dude wanted $250 for it. That's shocking but that's the free enterprise.
  10. unfortunately theres some ppl who sell things on CL and think THEIR item is made of gold and worth more than what store retails for...i can tell you some stories. lol. but theres not enough beer in a day to hear em all. lol. either way good luck with your search bud.

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