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Any ideas besides the 32 quart tamale steamer?

post #1 of 18
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Guys, I have been shopping and can't seem to find any 32 quart tamale steamers. Besides being out of stock, it appears that the price is getting out of hand. Has anyone thought or tried using anything besides the tamale steamer?
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Originally Posted by KLajaunie View Post

Guys, I have been shopping and can't seem to find any 32 quart tamale steamers. Besides being out of stock, it appears that the price is getting out of hand. Has anyone thought or tried using anything besides the tamale steamer?

You cN use any pot that measures around 14" in diameter. You may have to make some mods to get it to fit. I'd recommend getting your smokey joe. Measure the base, inside lip to inside lip take that measurement and your tape with you to the store and start measuring pots. If the top and bottom are the same diameter you're good to go. I have two restaurant supply places here both have aluminum pot that would work for around $25.00-30.00.
post #3 of 18
Oh yeah look at sporting supply places too. Some of the boil pots for turkey frying could work. Sportsmans wholesale had a 32 qt here for a while and online that would work.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok good. Waiting on the smokey gold to come in for measuring. Picked up a cooking grill for the mini and it fits perfect in 30 gallon drum? Not sure what size yet. Would you guy's prefer extra height of the cooker? I'm thinking maybe an extra grate or maybe more clearance.
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My smokey joe measures a few thousandths bigger than 13 and 3/4 inch for the base, and a few thousandth smaller than 14 and 1/2 inch for the lid. I have ordered a more pricy 40 quart pot, made with 6mm thick metal (far thicker than the IMUSA pot).  When it arrives, I will post if it fits. It is real pricy, but, with the aluminum being almost a quarter inch thick, it would support having the pot drilled and tapped for the grate screws.  I plan on drilling a series of grate screw holes every 1 and 1/2 inches, in order to support a lot of different grate positions.  The un-used holes will have a stubby screws put in them to keep the smoke/heat in.  Long screws will be used in the holes where I want the grates. The pot is taller than the IMUSA pot, it is 15 and 5/16th tall.   It is part of the "no holds barred" mini-WSM build I am doing.

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
How tall is the IMUSA pot?
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The IMUSA pot is 12 and 5/8 inch tall.  Assuming you do a compact diffuser, the bottom grate can rest on the lip for the steam plate.  This gives 10 inches of space above the bottom grate.  Most people have their bottom grate much higher, so they have even less space above the bottom grate with the IMUSA pot. The first build I did used the IMUSA pot and a small Cuisinart kettle grill (which is slightly smaller than the smokey joe).

The pot I ordered is 2 and 11/16 taller, and due to the lack of steamer lip, I could move the bottom grate downward a bit.

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Originally Posted by Addertooth View Post

The IMUSA pot is 12 and 5/8 inch tall.  Assuming you do a compact diffuser, the bottom grate can rest on the lip for the steam plate.  This gives 10 inches of space above the bottom grate.  Most people have their bottom grate much higher, so they have even less space above the bottom grate with the IMUSA pot. The first build I did used the IMUSA pot and a small Cuisinart kettle grill (which is slightly smaller than the smokey joe).
The pot I ordered is 2 and 11/16 taller, and due to the lack of steamer lip, I could move the bottom grate downward a bit.

I have the option for my first grate to be at the steamer insert level. Then every 2" above that to the top. I use acorn nuts on the inside and Phillips head bolts in the outside. No need for replacement screws to remove and replace.



Inside



Outside
post #9 of 18
Where are you located? You can order the vasconia or imusa from Walmart or target and have them shipped for free to your local store. That's if you live on the continental us. I live in Hawaii and I picked up a pot while I was visiting LA.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Live in Central Louisiana. I have checked for the steamers at several Walmarts and Target. Also have been checking online at both stores and are out of stock
post #11 of 18
Any Hispanic Markets in your neck of the woods? That's the only other option besides sporting goods stores.

Have you contacted Vasconia directly? They list a parts number on their website. You may be able to order direct...
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
None of these markets around here. I have not tried Vasconia yet.
post #13 of 18

Try a Asian market.

David

post #14 of 18
Yesterday it was out of stock but it's in stock now! Walmart Vasconia pot.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok, I see it but it has a glass lid. No pictures. You guys think it's the one that I need?
post #16 of 18
The glass lid is the 16 qt. I think. The 32 qt has a metal lid.
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post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
FANTASTIC! Thanks to you guys I finally have one on order. I appreciate you guys searching and letting me know when it's available! Great price too. $27.28 total!
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