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Weber Kettle Smoking

WI_GameMeats

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I've been reading consistently on this forum site for about a month now. I can say that there has been a learning curve but I am learning a lot already.

I am in the market for an electric smoker and will likely go with a generation 2.5 MES40 in the near future. Currently I am smoking all of my meats using the Weber 22in Kettle. My max volume of sausages/snack sticks/whatever is limited to roughly 5lbs.

I'm wondering if any of you gurus/tinkerers have modified or know of accessories to add space to the grill. Like I said, I will be getting a MES40 soon, but in the meantime, I'd like to increase space in the Weber.

Any advice or suggestions are appreciated!!
 

motocrash

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An 18" kettle grate will give you another tier and get you by for the thinner stuff you mentioned.
 

gmc2003

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Yeah what Moto said, but I think a 22" grate will fit also. If even more height is needed then a couple of bricks can be used to raise the second grate up.

Chris
 

WI_GameMeats

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Yeah I could see how an 18" grate would give me at least a couple more pounds of meat space.. Thanks.
 

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I might as well ask in this same thread a question about building a side table for the Kettle. Anyone have a table built onto the kettle that works well?
 

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I don't because I keep my kettle's in the garage and have to carry them out into the backyard, but there are plenty out there that have.

Chris
 

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I get what you mean, I do the same - carrying the kettle from the garage outside. My initial thought though was to build a "detachable side table" using some j hooks and brackets. Screwing the j hooks into the grill and brackets into the table. Having two legs on other side of the table. j hook

It sure does make me cringe thinking of drilling holes into my weber though...
 

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I agree, I don't want to drill any holes in my Webers. I have a small wire table that I keep outside year round that I use for holding utensils and meat preparations such as foiling.

Chris
 

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Kind of pricey , but might give you some ideas to build your own .
Well links not working , search for weber side table .
 

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I thought that I had seen a mod where they basically used the mid-section from a WSM 22" to make the kettle into a taller smoker.
 

motocrash

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I get what you mean, I do the same - carrying the kettle from the garage outside. My initial thought though was to build a "detachable side table" using some j hooks and brackets. Screwing the j hooks into the grill and brackets into the table. Having two legs on other side of the table. j hook
I fabbed this in the mid 90's,still going strong.The frame is made out of 3/4" thin wall square tubing and folds under where it holds the Joe.I bent some 16 Ga for the hooks that are twisted to fit the radius of the kettle for attachment.5/4 PT decking radiused to the 2 kettle bowls and bullnosed on the top edges.The Joe is held in place/drops into more 16 Ga that is bent to the radius to hold it by the underside of the lip of the bowl.It can be taken down and set up very quickly with some shims underneath the legs appropriate to the terrain.
When smoking on kettle or WSM,the Joe is used to grill "pacifiers" and is also used to bank coals/start a fresh batch for long cooks.Very handy...
 

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I fabbed this in the mid 90's,still going strong.The frame is made out of 3/4" thin wall square tubing and folds under where it holds the Joe.I bent some 16 Ga for the hooks that are twisted to fit the radius of the kettle for attachment.5/4 PT decking radiused to the 2 kettle bowls and bullnosed on the top edges.The Joe is held in place/drops into more 16 Ga that is bent to the radius to hold it by the underside of the lip of the bowl.It can be taken down and set up very quickly with some shims underneath the legs appropriate to the terrain.
When smoking on kettle or WSM,the Joe is used to grill "pacifiers" and is also used to bank coals/start a fresh batch for long cooks.Very handy...
That’s a sweet setup!!

Did you weld the frame? Also when you get a chance could you send a picture of the hooks that you bent.
 

motocrash

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That’s a sweet setup!!

Did you weld the frame? Also when you get a chance could you send a picture of the hooks that you bent.
Thanks.
Yes,I designed and built the whole thing.You must not be able to zoom in enough to see the crappy welds that were done in a rush so the boss wouldn't see.:cool:
I will see if I can get a decent pic tonight.Who knows,maybe it'll turn out good in the dark with the flash.If not,I'll try to get one tomorrow.
 

motocrash

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Flash on some pics,not on others.
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Included this pic if you were interested in the Joe mount. There were no kettles harmed in the construction,and or use of this product.

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Included this pic if you were interested in the Joe mount. There were no kettles harmed in the construction,and or use of this product.

Interesting build. I’ll be building something similar for sure. Does the lid have any issues closing with the metal hooks being on the kettle/joe?
 

motocrash

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The Deuce-Deuce lid sits on the hooks fine,they had to be fine tuned when built and if they take a knock in transport.Nothing a pair of Channellocks can't handle.Very seldom will a puff of smoke waft from the kettle/lid juncture,only when there is a downdraft caused by wind.So no,it doesn't fit tight without the fitment of a gasket,never bothered.The Joe lid is not affected at all as the kettle is held up/in place by the bent plates that fit under the rolled top lip.The holes are in those plates because they were floor plates for Hollow Metal door frames.The frame is sized so the plates welded on the inside fit in the channel/rolled lip of the Joe.
 

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