Hi all, just wanted to say a quick thanks. I built a Mini WSM this spring and it has been turning out some excellent Q. No frills on this one, I kept it simple to match my level of ingenuity / ability. There are some fantastic looking cookers on the forum here, love looking at the new ideas you guys come up with.
It is my go to cooker for camping trips, extremely portable and there is nothing quite like that TBS wafting around the campsite for 8+ hours. Here is a 8.5lb Butt I did last weekend, this was only a few hours in, needless to say it was devoured in short order.
I did have one issue, I opened her up to burn off some of the grease that accumulated during this cook. The mini survived for the most part, but the steamer plate that was acting as my diffuser / drip plate melted. I guess I'll be looking for a terracotta plate or something similar to replace it.
For now I'm working on a UDS for the backyard, the Mini WSM has worked out so well I've decided to go with the large format option for Qing at home. You can't beat the set it and forget aspect of a full charcoal basket. I'd love to get a nice stick burner some day but with 3 young kids it can be hard to find 8+ hours to sit around tending the fire.
Here's 2 of them helping out, this was back in the spring during one of my first cooks.