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post #1 of 13
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Hi I just ordered a Smoky Joe gold,to use mostly for grilling. OK here are the questions.

I would also like to build a Mini for small smokes, or maybe an overnight cook. Will the silver hold temps long enough for an overnight cook? Can the Smoky Joe gold be used for both?

I'v seen today the 32 qt imusa pots at Walmart. What esle would be needed?

Thanks Dan


Edited by DanBono - 5/10/16 at 1:55pm
post #2 of 13

The longest cook I have got out of my Mini-wsm is 14+ hours. In order to get that long of a smoke you will need a charcoal basket. I over fill the charcoal basket and used the side light method. I have the bottom fully cut out of the pot in order to achieve that.

 

You will need cooking grates

expanded metal to make basket

ash deflector if you don't add side vents.

for side vents you need two 34" ball valves and two black pipe nipples.

misc, nuts and bolts for grate supports

post #3 of 13
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Hi Cooking grates? Can't I use the grate that comes with the grill?

Thanks Dan

post #4 of 13
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Hi Cooking grates? Can't I use the grate that comes with the grill?
Thanks Dan

Yes you can. But if you want more than one you will need to get another.
post #5 of 13
not a whole lot more I can add to Case's list ... I was in Wally World today and seen the Imusa pots as well... $21. ...
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi All So basically I would just need the pot, SS screws and bolts for the grate.. I do have a charcoal basket, not sure if it fit it is 12" square. What about a diffuser?  I have my 2 Mavericks for temps. The mini would be great for small cooks, I do have a Shirley Patio for the bigger cooks.

Ball vavles are overkill..NO?

Thanks Dan

post #7 of 13
12"x12" is too big. Won't fit. To make the basket you use the charcoal grate that comes with the SMJ as the bottom of the basket. Then weld or wire tiethe expanded metal to the sides. The sides can only be 3 1/4" tall.

Ball valves are up to you. At the altitude I live at I need them for additional air flow. If you don't go with them then you will need to create an ash deflector to keep the lower vent from clogging with ash and snuffing the fire out.

Probably 90% of the time I use the steamer insert that comes with the tamale pot as a diffuser. Then when I feel the need I use a chunk of granite I have wrapped in foil. A 10" terra cotta planter tray work to.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi So can I use the Smoky Joe as a grill and a smoker?

Thanks Dan

post #9 of 13
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Hi So can I use the Smoky Joe as a grill and a smoker?

Thanks Dan

Dan for the build http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/238812/another-mini-is-born On Rt 46 check out Modern Propane they have every grate you need

Richie

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks Richie So  can I use the mini as a grill and smoker?

Dan

post #11 of 13
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Thanks Richie So  can I use the mini as a grill and smoker?

Dan

Sure no problem

Richie

It is a grill until you make the mini LOL

post #12 of 13
yes Dan... it can be used both ways... ether a grill or put the pot on for a smoker.... Do some searching for the build.. you'll find many of them... a small pet foods dish will work for the ash cover over the vent...
post #13 of 13

I'll add this one as well.  With weber part number you can order on amazon. 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/178390/bdskelly-step-by-step-on-building-a-mini-weber-smokey-mountain-mwsm

Enjoy your build!

B

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