Building a Mini Weber Smokey Mountain in Texas (Mini WSM)

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by bdskelly, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. c farmer

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


    This is what mine looks like.  Basically a UDS set-up.
     
  2. tronbomb

    tronbomb Newbie

    Well I have completed my build.  Still cannot seem to find a 12" terra cotta saucer.  So I purchased a cheap 10" SS pan and removed the handle.  I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on this setup.  The hole I cut in the bottom of the pot is 11" and the SS pan diffuser is 10", is this going to be a problem as there will be about a 1" gap?  I do have the pot bottom and top riveted together that I can put on top of the diffuser pan.  See the provided pictures.




     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not a problem at all. Here is my current diffuser

     
  4. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tron i'll tell ya what to do.  Go buy a frozen pie. Cook the pie. Enjoy the pie. Save the aluminum pie plate it came in. Wash the aluminum pie plate.  Fill the aluminum pie plate half way with sand.  You now have as good of a diffuser as a terra cotta saucer.  ...and hopefully enjoyed some pretty good pie. 

    Lets light a fire. ;)

    Brian  
     
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  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Tron.. that's exactly the way I do mine.. with a few differences.... I first put a piece of 1/4" metal plate (cut into about a 10" circle) down in the bottom... then I use a 12" cast iron skillet (handle cut off and wrapped in foil for easy cleaning) set down in there... leaves about a 3/4"-1" gap all the way around for heat and smoke to come up threw....all this mass holds a lot of heat..... the bottom grate sits on the ring around the pot and the skillet.... good luck with yours ....
     
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  6. tronbomb

    tronbomb Newbie

    Dirt - What is that thing, a cookie sheet?
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's a 1" thick chunk of granite wrapped in tin foil.
     
  8. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Somebody's looking for this thread so...

    BUMP
     
  9. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the bump  Hope it helps build another mini! 
     
  10. jsticks

    jsticks Newbie

    This is a great step by step build that i am going to copy for my build. I have a question i hope you can help me with. For some reson i am not grasping attaching the lid to the bottom of the pot. Do you have another pic or can you explain it to me? Or will it be more clear to me when I have the pot in front of me? Thanks for the post.
     
  11. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I think there are two rivets near the center holding the lid and bottom of pot together. You can't do this with the imusa pot.
     
  12. jsticks

    jsticks Newbie

    Thanks for the response. I have the Vasconia pot and I understand that he holds them together with the rivets to cut them together. The reattaching it to the bottom is the part I can't picture is the lip of the top being cut away? 
     
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Its hard to get a good photo of this step. All you do is attach the lid to the bottom of the pot. You'll have to remove the handle (if its a vasconia pot the handls just screws off.) from the lid. then put the top of the lid on the bottom of the pot. Use rivets or small nuts and bolts along the perimeter to hold the lid to the pot. Then cut out the bottom out.
     
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Maybe this will help. in this photo the lid is sitting on the base with the top of the lid facing up. Then you sit the pot on that. The bottom of the lid faces the base. The top of the lid mates to the bottom of the pot.

     

     
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  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here;s a few more shots:



    The lid lip allows you to do crazy things like stack another pot on top, or three...

     
  16. jsticks

    jsticks Newbie

    Thanks for the pic's they did help. I was thinking you put the lid on upside down and didn't understand how the lip sat inside the base of the Joe. That is a inpresive setup you have I lol when i saw it and said out loud that is great! Will a double decker still work as a hot smoker?
     
  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Honestly the first attempt didnt go to well. The temp stalled out at just above 225° and wouldn't go any hotter. At the time I hadn't cut the bottom out of my original pot. I started with just holes drilled.


    I haven't tried it again since cutting the bottom out. I really should give it another whirl and see what happens! It works great for cold smoking though with the mailbox mod.


     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2014
  18. Has anyone tried making a (hmmm, can't call it a weber mini) "Weber Maxi", where they start with a 22.5 inch Weber one-touch, and use a standard 22.5 inch 55 gallon barrel?  It would be a fusion between an "ugly drum smoker" (UDS), with a weber one-touch top and bottom.  I don't believe the stock tripod base of the Weber one-touch would support the weight, but who knows.
     
  19. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    would need to lower the legs unless you had a ladder nearby every time to access the meat inside. I thought about something like this for the sake I just upgraded from a Silver to gold one touch but the height would he my concern. It would definitely work well I believe.
     
  20. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    I use the steamer part that came with my pot as the diffuser and it works well. Temps can vary anywhere I want them and don't use much coal
     
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