Dutch's Mini WSM Build

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by dutch, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I put the finishing touches on my mini wsm build this morning. Got her fired up and a pork butt smoking away for tonights supper.



    She still needs paint but it's been so wet around here, paint may not happen until next week when things dry out.
     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very Nice.

    Mini is on my list.
     
  3. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Who needs paint? She looks good.. butt looks good.. dont waste your money on paint.... save it for meat!

    ;)
     
  4. You're gonna love this thing. I've used mine for pulled pork, wings, fatties, meatloaf, thighs, ribs, etc,etc. the burn lasts forever!
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Forget the paint and worry about the Q!!!
     
  6. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This mini held temps like a champ. Did a 4 1/2 lb butt in about 7 1/2 hours, pulled the butt when the IT hit 200*.

    Butt getting ready to come off the smoker.

    Pulled and ready to eat.

    Money shot. Bone sitting just above the plate pulled out slick as a whistle. Bottle next to the bone contains SoFlaQuer's Finishing Sauce.
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks fantastic!!! The picnic I brined for Ham hit 170* @ 6 hours!!! I was thinking it would take more than that! He mini is great!
     
  8. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Who cares how "purty" it is....its how it works that counts!

    Looks cool!

    Kat
     
  9. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Perfect first mini meal!   You'll love experimenting with that little marvel. :)   Efficiency, versatility you just can't go wrong. 
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The cool thing about the mini is that we could have a Mini-WSM Gathering just about anywhere, and everyone could bring or ship their Mini without breaking the bank!!! As soon as I and the Fiancee (yikes almost wife 5 days!!!!) make the move to Kauai we'll have a Mini-WSM gathering!!!
     
  11. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Excellent first run on the mini!

    Early Congrats ... and that is the best thing about the mini.... its ittie bittie... mine rides in my jeep everywhere I go.. you just never know when you might need to smoke something ;)
     
  12. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Dutch,

    The mini looks great and the pork butt looks even better!!!

    If I can get off of this crazy work schedule I plan to construct a mini of my own!

    Bill
     
  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    No the best thing is that it makes the worlds BEST chicken!  No drip pan for chicken ! [​IMG]     Heck i don't use one for anything but especially chicken.    When you can cook a 9 lb butt in 8 hours on a  pennies of charcoal that's the next best thing.   The list of positive things for the mini can go on and on.
     
  14. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Afternoon Keith. . I agree. . The list is long for the pros for the mini...
     
  15. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Evening Mikey, good to see ya.     Dutch and fellow mini owners  I have a red neck mod of putting handles on the grate which makes it handy to lift it out so you can set it on the coals to sear with.  I'll take a picture and show you all.   Don't laugh but they're made from clothes pins...It's good because they're never to hot to pick up and fold out of the way when i'm searing. 
     
  16. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bill, gather everything you need to assemble one and when you have a few spare moments "get 'er done ". I spread my fabicating over a several day's; cut the bottom out of the pot and drilled the holes; attached the hardware; did what tweeking that needed to be done and fire her up.

    I think total time invested in this thing was about an hour. Your mileage my vary, of course!
     
  17. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Keith, congrats on up coming neptuals. If I was close to you, I'd offer to do your ceremony.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013
  18. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    Wow, that butt looks awesome.  Care to share some tips with a newbie on holding that perfect temp?  I plan on building one of these but I'm really new to smoking so need some tips.  I'm reading through the 5 day course messages.
     
  19. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fritz, The Mini-WSM is a real gem at holding its temp. Always, Always keep te vent on the lid wide open and use the lower vents to adjust your temps. Make small adjustments close or open the vents 1/8 to 1/4 at a time let the smoker settle for 5-10 minutes then adjust again. When I cook a large cut of meat like a porl but I let the smoker get 25°-30° above the temp I want the smoker then put the meat on. The cold thermal mass is going to drop the temperature quite a bit. So if I want to run the smoker at 250°, I will take it up to 275°-280° put the meat on. The smoker will usually drop below 250° and slowly start rising. As it rises I will start closing the lower vents until I hit 250°. If the temp continues to climb I will close a bit more, close the vents off more. If you need more heat open the lower vents more. Pretty simple and you'll get the hang of it. You'll also find that every smoker has a sweet spot where they like to run. One of my mini's (I have two) really likes to run at 265°, the other likes to run at 255°. So when doing lower temp cooks I let those run where they like it the best. One thing to mention is that the Mini is great for high temp smokes for things like poultry or fatties where you want the skin and bacon to get crispy. Hope that helps. get a pot and a Smokey Joe and get to smoking!
     
  20. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the tips.  I'll keep them in mind.

    I'm likely going to have to wait a bit to build a mini.  My wife is always looking for things to get me for Christmas, these parts are likely going to be on that list.  Unless I just can't wait.
     

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