Hey guys, built my mini a year or so ago, I didn't take any build pics but it's fairly standard. SMJ silver, imusa 32qt pot using the method of many holes in the base. 2 weber gauges, reproduction wooden handle and high temp paint. I run it using no extra diffuser or water pan and am yet to find the materials to do a charcoal basket. I usually use it for ribs and have had better results than on the full size WSM.
Not really any issues with clogging in the silver over these 5ish hour cooks and no major hassles to speak of, just a few niggles. The lid does not fit exactly when just plonking it on, but with some maneuvering I am able to get a smoke tight seal, just like a banged up kettle. I have considered gasketing but am yet to get around to it. In really low ambient (3 or 4c) I find it does struggle with temps, it will max out at 90 - 100c which is fine for my ribs but seems like I need to run the coals a lot hotter than usual. Could be a result of the many holes method and the flimsy aluminium of the pot certainly isn't helping, a jacket may be the answer in those conditions but it's not often that cold anyway. Generally though it holds temp nicely and produces great results.
Was considering the 14.5 WSM for better performance but have decided to just build another mini. Have some nice parts on the way and will post up when it's ready. Interested to have a look around at what you guys have done and maybe whack on a few interesting features