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post #21 of 36
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Notes taken.

 

Thanks, fellas.

 

:welder:

post #22 of 36


Still need to add expanded to the bottom. Almost done. Went 3 1/2" tall on this one since I cut the bottoms out of all my Mini-WSM's
post #23 of 36
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post



Still need to add expanded to the bottom. Almost done. Went 3 1/2" tall on this one since I cut the bottoms out of all my Mini-WSM's

 

Looks grate! :wink:

 

Did you use a smokey joe grate and cut off the ends?

post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by DukeBurger View Post
 

I might wait on cutting the expanded for my charcoal ring until I know what my clearance is height-wise....:33:


Here you go Duke.  From my build post.

The first thing was to build the charcoal hopper. This is done by using expanded wire and cutting it to the 3" height. Wrap the Exp wire around the charcoal grate supplied with the Smoke Joe. I used rebar twist wire to hold it in place.  ….Which would have been fine and held well.  But my brother in-law has a welder close by so I asked him to spot weld the wire in place.

 

 


More on the build here.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/155130/building-a-mini-weber-smokey-mountain-in-texas-mini-wsm

 

Enjoy your build my friend! 

Brian 

post #25 of 36
Just make the basket height so the cooking grate sits flush on the base so you can grill and sear.
post #26 of 36
Thread Starter 
That's what I'm thinking of. I'd still need the option to use it as a camp grill.
post #27 of 36
Thread Starter 

Rolling this has turned out to be more of a challenge than expected. It's hard with the two different diameters. I have it welded now but still needs to be worked some more.

 

As you can see it as a bit of a "lean" to it. Nothing too major that can't be figured out.

post #28 of 36

Looking Good   just paint it like the leaning tower of Pisa !!!      I know I'm not to funny

 

Gary

post #29 of 36
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Looking Good   just paint it like the leaning tower of Pisa !!!      I know I'm not to funny

Gary

If you make it into a mini-za it could be called the leaning tower of pizza!
post #30 of 36
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Looking Good   just paint it like the leaning tower of Pisa !!!      I know I'm not to funny

 

Gary

 

 

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Originally Posted by Welshrarebit View Post


If you make it into a mini-za it could be called the leaning tower of pizza!

 

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post #31 of 36
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Alright, some progress pics. It's about done, but still needs to be painted and a few minor tweaks, but here she is!

Got it done just in time for a trip to Jasper, AB with Ms. Duke and my Mom.

 

 

 

post #32 of 36
Looking to see if you have any followup, Duke? I am thinking about doing this same thing myself instead of buying a pot. Seems cheaper and should give a better fit if I make all the right cuts.
post #33 of 36
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Originally Posted by TheGreatMC View Post

Looking to see if you have any followup, Duke? I am thinking about doing this same thing myself instead of buying a pot. Seems cheaper and should give a better fit if I make all the right cuts.

 

 

Works real well. I've used it 12-15 times. Uses a lot less fuel than my 18" WSM, so it's perfect some nights when it's just the two of us.

 

The only thing that bothers me is that the aluminum center piece is not air tight around the base. Charcoal will not extinguish by closing the vents, and when it rains it leaks in. Not sure if anyone who uses the pot has this problem, but it's an easy fix by just removing the center section and packing it up like a regular Smokey Joe.

 

All the materials turned out to be free, except the s/s hardware ($4 or so), so I really can't complain here.

 

:sausage:

post #34 of 36
My biggest problem is that the pot gets stuck on the base once it's lit and I can't get it apart to add fuel. Heat expension
post #35 of 36
That is a good thing. It means you have a good seal.

I'm still in a cast from my broken wrist but once it comes off a mini is going to be built and I'll use my own sheet metal for it.
post #36 of 36
Thread Starter 

I could have made the diameter 1/16" - 1/8" bigger, the grate is a bit tight to slide in, but it's manageable.

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