After reading a few posts on various forums I decided to try this build out for myself.
I got the main parts from Amazon and the smaller items like hardware and paint from Home Depot. The total cost was less than $100.
First step was to collect all the necessary parts.
I use the tamale insert as a template for the holes.
With the hole locations marked and punched, I'm ready to drill. I used a combination of 3/8" and 5/8" holes. I started with the 5/8" and realized they were a little too big and went to 3/8" after the first pass. Next time I would use 1/2" for all and be consistent.
Then it's off to the paint booth (back yard). The paint was Rustoleum high heat rattle cans. Matte for the interior and gloss for the exterior. I masked off the handles to maintain their chrome finish.
After paint dried, I added the hardware. The hardware was 3/4"x3/8" stainless steel machine bolts and acorn nuts. The bolts were measured at 5" from the top and spaced every 14-3/4" around the circumference. The thermometer and probe holes are at 6" from the top.
I also used a 3/8" stainless steel nut as a spacer on the bolt to tighten it down.
Here's the portal for the temp probes.
These are the parts I used for the temp probe portal. Smallest nipple length works perfectly.
Lower grate fits perfectly on the lip of the steamer insert.
Upper grate goes on the 3 machine bolts.
Final assembly complete!
This Mini WSM was built to use at work for those long OT days and weekends.