Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003
If you go with the Silver you will need to add vents on the side. I like to tinker, and for both of my mini's I used the Silver. The main reason was that I got them both off Craigslist for next to nothing. If I was going to buy a new one I'd pay the extra for the gold because the valves and nipples are going to cost you more . If you already have a silver or can get one for $10 or less (one of mine was $5 with the Chimney and some charcoal, the other was $10 with Charcoal) go that route. Or if you just like to build stuff like me get the silver and modify. Bottom line the silver needs the side vents added to get the best performance.
I would like to build this from a SJ bought off Craigslist but for some reason there are none listed on there. Last month I know there were 10 or so??? Maybe the Mini-WSM has started a run on used SJ's.
I do have some extra Weber vent covers from a previous ECB build, and I like the idea of having the bottom vents for grilling. So, it sounds like the Silver is right for me. Plus I like to tinker. I will try to hold out to get one of Craigslist. However, I know how impatient I am and after a couple of days, I will just end up buying one at the local big box.