mini wsm or el cheapo ...... decided on the mini

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by jaydog559, May 23, 2014.

  1. I'm thinking about either one not sure I need some info on what u guys prefer on the mini wsm I'm limited to one rack but I like the look but el cheapo looks good to need advice on witch one to go on its about the same price I found a imusa pot for 21 bucks at Walmart
  2. c farmer

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

    I love my mini.

    Very fuel efficient and I have 2 racks.

    Its almost set it and forget it unlike a ecb.
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have not tried a Mini WSM, but the folks around here swear by them, and vouch for there ease of operation. I have had an ECB, a Mecco actually and it was a major PITA to manage the heat and maintain temps. Doing it all over again it would be Mini WSM all the way...JJ
  4. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    I ordered my self a pot from Walmart to create myself a mini! Read a lot about them and got a smokey joe sitting in garage not being used so I'll make a mini and join the club. Can't wait to get it next week! Then begin the build for it.
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I wouldn't recommend a mini WSM to anyone. They sip fuel, hold temps so you never have to check on them, and make great Q. What smoker wants it that easy?

    The main drawback I see to the Mini WSM is NOT HAVING ONE!!! So get that pot and start smoking!
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My first charcoal smoker was a Mecco. First smoke thanksgiving Turkey 27* and windy, got er done but oh man that was an epic smoke!
  7. Well I got the imusa pot at Walmart for 21 bucks today and I looked all over for a smokey Joe
    Gold but nobody carries them Walmart. Homes depot so I just ordered it on amazon for 34.99 :grilling_smilie: I'llpost pics of my build thanks for the info
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Ahhh, the Old Days...I didn't know Squat about smoking. The only thing I ever Smoked at that time was Ribs. I would add SPOG and Bake them at 300° for 1 hour in the Oven. I used a foil covered pan with Water to steam them. They then went in the smoker with a way too big fire and Billowing White Smoke choking any one that got with in 10 feet of that little black demon. We thought they were ok but reaked of creosote and the excessive lighter fluid I drowned the Charcoal Briquettes in...JJ 
  9. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I will be doing the same sometime soon. I love my uds but would love to have a mini version for small stuff. I started out with the ECB and it is out back full of dirt and flowers at the moment.
  10. Well I got my smokey Joe gold
    And I'm getting ready for the build here are some pics [​IMG]
    I Drilled a holes for the top rack 4" from top and second rack is 3 1/2 inches from top rack I still need to get a rack for the bottom so I can put a Tara cotta
    I still gotta paint it black I just gotta look for a logo first but I got it seasoned after the build she hold temp pretty good
  11. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking real good Jay.  You are going to love that smoker.  

  12. Thanks Bdskelly I was trying to follow your measurements on yours its almost there. Right now im doing a beer chicken and some wings its holding temp pretty good at 200-225
    I'm using the minion method with some apple wood chips
  13. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm happy my posts were helpful.  Looks like you did a fine job! Chicken looks awesome.  I love chicken on the mini. You'll find your new smoker very versatile. It does a great job on any meat.  But my personal favorite mini smoke is chicken.  Cant wait to see how the bird turned out!

    Last edited: Jun 1, 2014
  14. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have 3 grates in mine.. thinking about a 4th... I like doing a bunch of ABT's at one time.. so a 4th grate would help....
  15. Here are the wings and legs
    The end results
    With a internal temp of 170
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  16. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Jay, This was your first smoke on your new mini?  Well done my friend. Keep those smokes coming! 


  17. Yeah that was the first smoke on it these mini really work good set and forget type of smoker

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