I know...another mini WSM build

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by andrewv, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. andrewv

    andrewv Fire Starter

    So I have decided to build a mini. I have a weber smokey Joe gold as well as a 32 at aluminum pot. I have just now gotten these two parts and understand I need to use stainless steel hardware.

    For those who have built/used minis, what are some things you wished you had done? I also have some questions about the lighting method. I see a lot of people speaking about the side light method with a propane torch through the vents. I do not have a propane torch and would rather not purchase one. I just want to know what some of the other methods people have used and had some success.

    I'm planning on getting a second grate and having two levels. I will also install a thermometer even tho I have a igrill device. I like the idea of not having to use the technology of it all the time.

    Thoughts? I appreciate any input.
  2. c farmer

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

    I use Weber cubes in the basket. On the side like using a torch. Takes a bit longer but works the same
  3. andrewv

    andrewv Fire Starter

    How many of the cubes do you use? About how long for the unit to get up to temp (say 250)?
  4. c farmer

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

    I only use one. I never timed it but I would say 20 mins.
  5. andrewv

    andrewv Fire Starter

    good to know. Will have to try that. I'm thinking about maybe lighting two or three coals and then putting them right next to the vents with them wide open. Not sure if it will work or not but worth a shot. Thanks for the advice
  6. c farmer

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

    That will work too.
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's basically what the side light method does. You light a propane torch and stick it in the vent. Depending on the target pit temp you are looking for 3-8 minutes of torching is sufficient.

    Open all vents wide open. Fill charcoal basket full & add smoke wood. Assemble smoker. I light the torch stick it in the vent. Run the torch until the pit temp is 50°+/- over target temp. turn off torch and remove. The pit temp will fall (usually below where I want it). If the pit temp stabilizes around 15°-20° below my target pit temp I will let the temp come up on its own. Closing vents as needed to not over shoot the temp. If It is lower than that I will torch again. If I am wanting a hot pit temp 300°+ I will torch through both of my side vents to get more coals going.

    When the smoke is done, shut all the vents and snuff the fire. Next smoke, shake the ash off the unspent charcoal, empty ash from base. Add new charcoal to the old and go at it again.

    An internal shot of whats going on

  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For therms, if I was going to install a fixed therm it would be this unit. The fact that you can calibrate it is nice. The reviews are positive.

    No matter what you get test it prior to installation to see how accurate it is. I'd also install it below the upper rack. If you place it above you will have a hard time getting the rack out.


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