smokey joe vs gold

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by kevinpn, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. kevinpn

    kevinpn Newbie

    So y'all got me!!   Been looking for a smaller smoker and I'm convinced mwsm is the way to go for me.  Question is and I have read a ton on here and unless I'm over looking it, what is the difference between the 2 smokey joe's? 
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The silver has one lower vent the gold has two side vents. That's the main difference. Some add side gents to the silver, some add a lower next to the gold. Both smoke the same and benefit from using a charcoal basket. If you go with the silver an ash deflector over the lower vent is needed.

    Your biggest challenge will be finding a pit that fits.
  3. racer102

    racer102 Fire Starter

    What do you mean about pit that fits. Is it the tamale steamer everyone is talking about.

    I have a smokey joe in the shed looking to make a small portable one for camping and hunting trips mine.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes the tamale pot. They can be found but hard to come by. It was rumored that Walmart has the 32qt imusa in stock online again. The other brands that fit are Vasconia, or Hoffritz.
  5. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here's som pics.

    Smokey joe silver;

    Smokey Joe Gold;

    The silver has a bottom vent with an ash catcher underneath. The Gold has side vents, no ash catcher, and a handle that locks to the lid for carrying.
  6. littleolme

    littleolme Newbie

    I noticed that you installed multiple vents on the side of yours, do you still use an ash deflector on the bottom vent or do you purely use the vents that you've added?
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I haven't used the ash deflector in a few years. It rusted out. With the side vents I can run without it. High or low temps. Just did a hot smoke, all vents open I was running 375-400.

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