Mini-wsm build.

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by eppo, May 4, 2012.

  1. eppo

    eppo Meat Mopper

    Just picked up the stuff I need for a mini-wsm.
    I'll have a few minutes tomorrow to finish it up and season it.
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  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great!!  Best $50 you've ever spent! Good luck with it.
     
  3. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    looks great. My dad has a smoky joe grill . It might disappear next time i'm up there [​IMG]


    went to walmart to get the pot . they didn't have any [​IMG]


    can get it on line but the stores don't carry them here
     
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  4. I purchased on line from Amazon but got the Vasconia tamale steamer pot which was $38 as it is supposed to have a better fit. It works great. Used a cast iron pan with the handle cut off rather than the terra cotta saucer, again works well.
     
  5. eppo

    eppo Meat Mopper

    Cut the bottom out, got the grill in, 3 inches from the top of the pot. Next I want to make the fire box, rest a terra cotta plate on to of it. Then figure out where to mount another grate.

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  6. You can use a charcoal grate for a18" to rest the saucer on and a second one rests on the saucer for the second grill.
     
  7. cdldriver

    cdldriver Meat Mopper

    hey  jrod62 got a mexican produce or cental foods by you? they should have the pot you looking for. those Vasconia tamale steamer pot work nice too.
     
  8. eppo

    eppo Meat Mopper

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    Seasoning.
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  9. Looks good, lets see the inside and how you set it up after it coolsThumbs Up
     
  10. eppo

    eppo Meat Mopper

    anyone know a place i can get a thermo for it with a 6ish inch probe?
     
  11. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    looks great !!!

    let us know how easy it is to control the temp.

    this is on the need to have list. just have to find the pot
     
  12. Check Amazon for the "Old Smokey" thermometer, its $10. I used the 2" which allows the movement of grill past it.
     
  13. eppo

    eppo Meat Mopper

    Hmm, didnt think of movement of the grills. shouldn't the probe reach the middle of the grill, to get the correct temperature?
    First, let me preface this with, this is my first charcoal smoker.
    I figured I would see how to keep temps, and get a feel for smoking with it. I didnt make the fire box yet, and just put some coals on the grate. This smoker held temps for three hours, solid at 244, it actually amazed me. I thought it would be more difficult. Then somewhere during the third hour, the coals started to go out, i guess I have some research to do on coal placement. It looked like the coals in the center burnt out, but didnt catch to enough of the ones radiating out. My guess is once I have the fire box, that won't matter.
    Overall so far the transition from propane to charcoal didn't seem to difficult, and I'm loving this new smoker.


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  14. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Looks great!:yahoo:
     
  15. The 2" probe is able to closely match the temp probe I drop thru the vent, so I'd say works well. Are you planning to make a charcoal ring from expanded metal? My is 4" tall and the same diameter as the charcoal grate. Tried and true.
     
  16. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    I want one lol thats just cool... nice job
     
  17. eppo

    eppo Meat Mopper

    Yes, expanded metal.

    thanks for the measurements, going to go pick some up either at home depot, or a welding supply.... Ran out of CO2 for my keggerator! kill two birds with one stone... and smoke em!

    did some research, and it looks like if i use the minion method for the coals, i will take off the top layer of coals, get them nice and hot, then put them back in. then i'll have wood chunks mixed in with the layers of coals, for a nice smoke... I'm excited, think i'm going to do some spares next weekend on this.
     
  18. eppo

    eppo Meat Mopper

    Alright, well here it goes... Finished her up. I took these pics from the bottom up, so you can get an idea.
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    Overall, it was easy, cheap, and keeps temps stable.

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  19. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Looks great!
     
  20. Consider resting the saucer on a 18" charcoal rack which would rest on the indentation in the pot. Y,ou'll need some air flow to keep the fire going, not sure it will work as you set up. IMHO
     

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