Got my 32 qt pot

Discussion in 'Mini WSM Users' started by lemans, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So I was unable to get the imasa steamer pot from target walmart or amazon everyone was back ordered. So I did a search and found this resturant suppy site that had a 6mm thick
    14 in dia by 11.75 tall for $30..
    It came today and is great. The smokey joe top fits perfect but the bottom is a little smaller than the grate lip , so it kinda wedges itself
    In the bottom and is tight to lift off.
    So do you think I should keep the grilling grate on and just let it sit on top ? Even though there is a slight gap.
    Or should I drill a few screws into the lip to support the pot!
     
  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    did it come with a steamer insert ??
     
  3. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nope just a stock pot no lid
     
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I bought a viscona pot and it didn't fit real tight either. With use it will fit better.
     
  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    yea.. you don't want to leave the grate under the pot and create a gap... you will not have any control of your fire(to much air) ...
     
  6. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So I guess I will just have to wrestle a little with the pot to get it off . But the fire is cranking I sue a little heat expansion will help
     
  7. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sure
     
  8. Do not forget to spray the lip of the smokey joe base with "pam for grilling". It is a good food grade high-temperature lubricant which will make it easier to lift the pot off the base.  Do not do anything which lifts the pot up, it will create an air gap (as said before, that is a bad thing). If it had a lid, it could be bolted to the bottom (once the handle is removed), to create a flange between the pot and the smokey joe base. 
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How does the pot lid fit on the SMJ base? I attach the lid from my pot to the bottom of the pot on all of my minis. Works great and gives a good solid base to work off of. No sticking pot and no leaking air or smoke.
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2014
  10. I am beginning to wonder if some lava lock on the bottom edge of the pot might work as well for low temperature smoking.
     
  11. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All parts r here .. So the build is set for Sunday .. Will keep ya posted
     
  12. How about wrapping the bottom of the pot with a thin piece of aluminium. Secure with rivets.
     
  13. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here is the build
     
  14. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
  15. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
  16. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now on to the paint shop
     
  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good! I'd cut the bottom out of the pot if you want to do high temp smokes. If you only want to do low temp you'll be okay. Also with the drilled only bottom you can't load up the charcoal for longer cooks.
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2014
  18. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I thought I would go drilled first to see how it works. I can always cut the bottom out at a later date
     
  19. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That you certainly can do. My first pot started with just holes drilled. Quite a few more than yours. Could never get above 250-255. Bought another pot and cut the bottom out of it, and it was a day and night difference. Cut the bottom out of the original pot and now all the pots I build I remove the bottom.
     
  20. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This pot is very strange. Comes from china
    The sides and bottom are close to 1/4
    The sides are 1/8 of a inch. So cutting the bottom is a project
     

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