Started out with a jumbo joe. On jarjar's suggestion, instead of multiple smaller inlets, I installed a single 1 1/2" ball valve
Made the standard charcoal basket.
The worst part was cutting the bottom out of a brand new 80 quart stainless steel steamer pot.
The plasma made a nice cut.
Laid out where I wanted my rack brackets.
I wanted adjustable racks so I cut brackets out of some 3/4" aluminum angle.
Felt the temp drop a little so I looked out across the back of my place and saw this.
Had to modify the new grates so they would fit past the angle brackets.
The grates go in flat edge against the brackets then spin to fit inside the slots cut in the brackets.
The jumbo Joe's rack sits on top of the brackets, which I left two inches below the top of the pot.
Now of course I can't be trying to deal with putting racks in or taking the out while the smoker is going so I gotta make something and what better to use than scrap that's laying around.
Came up with this.
Made two and they work great.
As you can tell, I thought about this while seasoning the Jimmy.
That huge 1 1/2" ball valve is handy for doing the side light method instead of using a chimney also.
Seasoning went well. Didn't get rock solid temp control, but got it to sit at 229 for thirty minutes. Went in to eat a bite came back an hour later and it was at 236. Not bad but ordered some lavalock gasket to seal top and bottom of the pot to help control air leaks better.
So here is the almost finished product.
Hope to do the virgin smoke this weekend for Father's day, stay tuned for que view.
Thanks for looking.