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Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by danbono, May 10, 2016.

  1. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi I just ordered a Smoky Joe gold,to use mostly for grilling. OK here are the questions.

    I would also like to build a Mini for small smokes, or maybe an overnight cook. Will the silver hold temps long enough for an overnight cook? Can the Smoky Joe gold be used for both?

    I'v seen today the 32 qt imusa pots at Walmart. What esle would be needed?

    Thanks Dan
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2016
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The longest cook I have got out of my Mini-wsm is 14+ hours. In order to get that long of a smoke you will need a charcoal basket. I over fill the charcoal basket and used the side light method. I have the bottom fully cut out of the pot in order to achieve that.

    You will need cooking grates

    expanded metal to make basket

    ash deflector if you don't add side vents.

    for side vents you need two 34" ball valves and two black pipe nipples.

    misc, nuts and bolts for grate supports
     
  3. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Cooking grates? Can't I use the grate that comes with the grill?

    Thanks Dan
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes you can. But if you want more than one you will need to get another.
     
  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    not a whole lot more I can add to Case's list ... I was in Wally World today and seen the Imusa pots as well... $21. ...
     
  6. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All So basically I would just need the pot, SS screws and bolts for the grate.. I do have a charcoal basket, not sure if it fit it is 12" square. What about a diffuser?  I have my 2 Mavericks for temps. The mini would be great for small cooks, I do have a Shirley Patio for the bigger cooks.

    Ball vavles are overkill..NO?

    Thanks Dan
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2016
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    12"x12" is too big. Won't fit. To make the basket you use the charcoal grate that comes with the SMJ as the bottom of the basket. Then weld or wire tiethe expanded metal to the sides. The sides can only be 3 1/4" tall.

    Ball valves are up to you. At the altitude I live at I need them for additional air flow. If you don't go with them then you will need to create an ash deflector to keep the lower vent from clogging with ash and snuffing the fire out.

    Probably 90% of the time I use the steamer insert that comes with the tamale pot as a diffuser. Then when I feel the need I use a chunk of granite I have wrapped in foil. A 10" terra cotta planter tray work to.
     
  8. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi So can I use the Smoky Joe as a grill and a smoker?

    Thanks Dan
     
  9. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  10. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Richie So  can I use the mini as a grill and smoker?

    Dan
     
  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sure no problem

    Richie

    It is a grill until you make the mini LOL
     
  12. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    yes Dan... it can be used both ways... ether a grill or put the pot on for a smoker.... Do some searching for the build.. you'll find many of them... a small pet foods dish will work for the ash cover over the vent...
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2016
  13. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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