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Mini-WSM Smokin table

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by dirtsailor2003, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I've been meaning to do this for quite some time now. I have a bunch if pallet slats I got off CL to build our fence. I use them for little projects like Mini-WSM tables. I had a 18"x18" concrete paver that I used for the top.

    Going to be painted blue to match the deck.

    The top is at 16", which puts the top of the lid at 42". This is a perfect height for me.

  2. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's using your head there Case.

    Great idea I might steal from you once I build my mini.
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    It really works good. I got tired of it being on the ground and having to bend over every time I had to adjust something!
  4. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great Idea, My smoker is too big for a table but I want to build something for the charcoal chimney and utensils and something like this would be great (just a bit taller).
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Awe give the little guy a little boost!  Maybe if the smoker actually grew up into a real size smoker they wouldn't need a table to sit on....lol     

    Nice idea Case
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2013
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    He doesn't want to grow up! Wouldn't be able to travel and would be stuck sitting around with the older big brothers all the time!
  7. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    I really like that table.  I do a lot of dutch oven cooking and that would really help me get up off the ground.  It probably would allow much better air circulation around the bottom coals and for a dutch oven that means better temperature control.

    I think I'll steal your idea
  8. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    Sorry for the second post so soon.  I didn't think about it before, but I'll have to put some sort of guard on this so coals don't roll onto the wood.  Hate to have the table burn.  Not an issue with the table, but it could drop my dutch oven and that would be a bad thing.
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    That could be a pretty easy fix. One could wrap the wood with metal flashing, or even make a round shield that could go around the dutch oven. I plan on using this for my dutch oven too.
  10. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    DS great idea
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Thanks DS!
  12. bdskelly

    bdskelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice work Dirt!  Easier working with that lil feller off the ground!

    'm fascinated by these ultra cool Mini WSM you folks are making. Almost cultish and therefore on my wish list. Those that have one,like them so much they actually build pedestals to put them on… Just like my friend Dirt Sailor did here.  

    These units are cute  But are they really practical for a small butt or or a few Baby Backs? They don't hold much charcoal. Do they need lots of tending?

  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Small butt??  No you can fit a big butt.    Mine goes for 9 hours about 300* and no they are almost on automatic pilot. 
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    The largest cut that I have smoked in the mini was a whole picnic shoulder. Cold smoked and then hot smoked to an IT of 165°. I have smoked ribs, however you will need to cut the racks in half do to the length. You can get 2 full racks cut in half, in the mini if you are using two cooking grates. If you can turn them on their sides with rib rack or something you could put four halves per grate.

    The mini holds a full chimney + if you cut the bottom out of the tamale pot. Like Keith said it will hold high temp or low temp for a long time. A charcoal basket and air flow control is key to maintaining the temps.

    The min is super stable once you get to the temp that you want it will run right there without any adjustments. Like all smokers it takes a few smokes to figure out the sweet spot and how to manage the air flow.
  15. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    Metal flashing is what I was thinking about.  I'll have to wait until after the new year.  I can't lift anything over 10 pounds right now, so I have to wait until I have assistance moving that big paver.
  16. bdskelly

    bdskelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Dirt, I had no idea you could get that much charcoal or pig in one of those.  Not wanting to hijack the thread but very impressed! b
  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Yeah its really a little beast! Last butt I did was nine pounds, has it on the upper rack, and a 9"x9" pan of Dutch's beans going on the bottom rack! I had to add coals on that smoke, super simple to do, lift the pot off dump in coals put the pot back on. Took less than a minute and lost zero heat.
  18. bdskelly

    bdskelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Okay! Count me in! Great info Case.  I always appreciate your know how my friend. This is the perfect size for those small dinners when its just me and the bride.

    Can someone kindly direct me to a parts list? Specifically the brand and size of tamale steamer that fits best on the SJ?  I've got the smokey joe gold part down ($35 @ HD and the extra grates). I also see aSJ JUMBO?  But I'd guess if we are going Mini then Jumbo would be counterproductive… (joke)

     I'm also reading things about defusers and flower pots. Maybe a build your own mini WSM for dummies guide?  Thanks again!  Brian
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2013
  19. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    This link has everything you need. Both HD and Lowes carry sheets of the expanded metal for making the charcoal box. Since you can get the gold you wont need the side vents. My first pot was the vasconia 32qt., the second was the Hoffritz 32qt.. The vasconia I had to have shipped the Hoffritz was local so no shipping. Both were $29.99 (vasconia was $10 to ship.). I like th handles on the vasconia better, just because they dont get as hot. This is an easy fix, I have to lazy to do!

    Last edited: Dec 18, 2013