Since I've been unable to find the proper pots required for a more common mini-WSM build, and having the tools and materials available to me from working in a metal fabrication shop, I've decided to build one out of 1/8" thick aluminum sheet that I will roll to the required diameters.
I have my 18" WSM that I use for most of my home smokes, so this will be primarily used for camping trips, picnics and other trips.
I'll be rolling the aluminum sheet out to a 13 3/4" - 13 7/8" bottom diameter and a 14 1/4" - 14 1/2" top diameter with the seam being fully TIG welded. I'll be making some handles out of aluminum round bar and my charcoal ring will be expanded metal. I don't plan on installing a dial thermometer as I will likely be using my MAV733 probes every smoke. (I don't even look at the dial on my WSM anymore)
Given the materials required, I can more than likely get this done under $15 and a few extra hours in the shop.
A couple questions I have are;
What height do you guys recommend for my mid-section ring? I am thinking 12" with the rack installed 6" from the top...This will be a single rack and need enough room for a Boston Butt.
For the diffuser, how well does a 12" terra cotta saucer work?
Should I be using stainless steel hardware?
Any tips are greatly appreciated!