Converting a Weber Kettle into a WSM ?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by scarbelly, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Before my dad passed he just had to have a Weber 22" Kettle so my wife and I bought one for him. The only time he used it was the time I came up to cook some steaks just before he passed. 

    I now have a Weber 22 that I would like to try to convert into a WSM style smoker. I have seen this ring which sit atop the base to add the additional height but it is a bit pricey and am wondering if anyone has found anything else out there

    BBQ Stacker

    Price: $139.00

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    The all new BBQ Stacker can increase the cooking capacity of a Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) or Cajun Bandit smoker by more than 50%! Or you can use it with a Weber Charcoal Kettle as a smoker.

    The WSM version comes with the 22" stainless steel extension ring and an extra cooking grate. It will fit a 22" Weber Smokey Mountain as well as a 22" Weber Kettle. 
     

    The Cajun Bandit version will fit the Cajun Bandit smoker conversion as well as the 22" Weber Kettle. Add an optional charcoal ring and heat deflector for $20 more (recommended if you're using with the Weber Kettle)

    Any ideas will be much appreciated 

    Thanks

    Scar
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2012
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I looked at that Jimmy but at $107 + shipping the other one is looking cost effective 
     
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just build yourself a UDS and keep your Weber as your high heat grill. You can build a UDS fairly cheap, and they work really well.
     
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I saw that one posted a while back. My issue is too many toys on the patio. I have a 4 burner grill, my SmokinTex and the Weber in addition to the Wood Fired Pizza oven and am running out of space, so a drum is not really an option right now. Thank you for the info
     
  6. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Solution: 

    Bigger patio!
     
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

     [​IMG]......[​IMG]  Cryin' a river over here Bro...[​IMG]Who's your Buddy?...JJ
     
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OK - too many toys for Mrs Scar 
     
  9. piaconis

    piaconis Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I like the kit.  Might have to do thay myself, and have my Weber Gold as a backup/secondary smoker.
     
  10. At $139.00 sounds like cajun bandit is right to me. just sayin.
     
  11. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Go to a fabrication shop just for shits and grins and see how much to roll a piece of 1/8" (or smaller) sheet metal to the size of the kettle, and at the height you want... have them roll or bend the edges for a smoother edge... just another thought and won't hurt to find out....
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2012
  12. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I was thinking about that earlier today. I will have to go down to San Diego (50 mi) to do that - we live in a small town with no fabrication shops - but it is worth a try
     
  13. there is a company that sells a kit for the wsm conversion. i dont have a link but look up, smoke-ez , i think it runs a little cheaper than the cajun bandit setup.
     
  14. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NWDave has the Smoke-EZ, but eventually purchased a WSM

    Check with Dave

    TJ
     
  15. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yep, Smoke-EZ.  It works.  Many imitators but they all do the same thing:  imitate a WSM, kinda, sorta. The opportunity to purchase a 22.5 WSM for $100 off from NewEgg (when the wife was in an agreeable moment) was too much to pass up.  All these things are basically a drum barrel cut to a specific height that fits on the kettle.  The Smoke-EZ supports 2 grids and accepts the kettle lid.  It does the job, as I'm sure the other offerings do as well.

    This shouldn't be a surpise to many, but the Smoke-EZ was MODIFIED last week after sitting on the shelf for about a year.  I cut an appropriate opening in the side and lowered the shelf supports and now it's my Franken Wood-Fired Kettle Pizza oven and best yet, it works just fine.
     
  16. savupoika

    savupoika Smoke Blower

    How about using aluminum extencion ring ? I know that aluminun is not good with food, but sense there is no contact between food and aluminum

    would it be ok to use ? There is lots of old juice-boilers availeble for a low price, not shure of the diameters, but maybe some would fit a smokey joe.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012

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