Since I was asked which mods I use on my 18.5" WSM in another thread and having an OCD tendency to change what works by design, into my own personalized version. I thought I would start a new thread describing my mods and what it takes to install them. I'll start with the mods I recommend the most.
Well here we go...
Before I purchased my WSM, I did a little research into some of the common problems people had experienced when they began using the WSM. One of the most common problems, was the WSM ran hot, until it was well seasoned. The best method to offset this issue, was to install a gasket kit from bbqgaskets.com. It is an easy mod to install. It takes as little as 30 minutes. I installed this mod when my WSM was new, so the cleaning of the surface was minimal. I used Simple Green to clean the surface and let completely dry. I then spread the silicone around the lip where the lid rests. Once applied, I worked the gasket material around the body and into the edge, maintaining a flat surface for the lid to rest upon. Once both ends met, I cut the gasket material with a sharp hobby knife. FOR BEST RESULTS, LET THE SILICONE CURE FOR A FULL 24 HOURS, BEFORE PLACING THE LID ONTO THE WSM BODY!
For the front aluminum door, I pre-cut the gasket material before applying the silicone. I placed a short strip across the bottom, recessed portion of the door and around the opening. I cut 45 degree edges where the gasket material comes together on the WSM body, instead of stretching the material into a rounded shape. Not my cleanest work, but effective none the less.
The hardest part of this particular mod is having to wait for the silicone gasket adhesive to cure for 24 hours before I could begin to season my WSM.
Edited by sfprankster - 9/3/15 at 8:32am