Mini WSM Finally Done!!!!

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by max8950, Jul 23, 2013.

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  1. Looks like it worked just fine!  [​IMG]
     
  2. megt123

    megt123 Smoke Blower

    Looks good. I wish the large WSM would put on handles.
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great!  I only have two holes in mine. I typically smoke everything 265* an above, but I have no problem getting the smoker to settle in at 225*-250* for hours. Are you using a terracotta pot as  a diffuser? Here are the links to my build a mods:

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/129771/my-5-00-craigslist-find

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/139346/more-mods-to-the-mini-wsm-double-decker

    So the double decker didn't work out except for cold smoking! But I do prefer the full cut out bottom to my first pot. I am going to cut the bottom out of the other pot too. I use the steamer tray as a diffuser at time s and it sits in the pot where it normally goes. One mod I am going to make to the new pot is to cover the metal handles with wood, they get hot!
     
  4. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Whoa... you must have just updated profile or im mkre sick than I think. (Have the flu)I didnt see your location earlier this morning.. im also in arlington tx.. small world sir!
     
  5. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    arlington texas rules! the smoker is still at 235. I am going to take a nap and leave it alone
     
  6. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    How much smoke flavor if any is in kingsford briquettes? I have only cooked with lump charcoal. anyone use lump in a Mini WSM
     
  7. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I must be pretty close to you as well. I can see the stadium roof from my street. I live over near park row/new york. I havent used lump in the mini yet.. but I love it in the UDS. I use KF charcoal with some chunks mixed in .. produces good enough flavor for me.
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When I use kingsford I put chunks of wood in for flavor. I use the 365 brand lump too. It is a hardwood, so I also add chunks of wood to add smoke. I have used mesquite lump too.
     
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good job and a great re-cycle project...stay Green ,Smoke Blue and ...
     
  10. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    oldschool your tejas smoker is so cool. I am taking the mini wsm down to houston in a couple of weeks. Wish I was towing back a tejas smoker from the "armpit of texas". 
     
  11. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    well I am about 4 hours in and the temp is steady. I feel like the 10'' clay saucer is sucking up all my heat and I am having to keep the vents pretty open to keep the pit at 235ish. tomorrow I am going to find a Wednesday meat deal, make some abt's, ditch the clay pot and go half briquettes half lump, boom baby!!!! 

    what is the longest anyone has gone with the mini wsm before refueling? 
     
  12. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    i super glued some dowels to the magnets on my intake holes. I moved a couple of the magnets just a little bit more open and the temp went up about 10 degrees. I thought I could walk away from this thing and come back later but I am so use to tending to my nbbd that I cant stay away. plus lets face it when you are smoking meat is there really anything better to do then hang out around the pit? neflix, tv, exercise? no thanks. I think I will just close down a vent and open a vent all day until my imaginary food is ready. 
     
  13. [​IMG]   What are you cooking?  [​IMG]
     
  14. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    right now I am just making the neighborhood smell good. I thought I would give it a test run before I threw the meat on tomorrow. getting hungry.
     
  15. c farmer

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

    Is it still holding temp?

    They look like a neat little smoker.
     
  16. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    still at 225 9 hours later. It is an amazing device. I have about $1 worth of charcoal in there. If I was using my NBBD running on lump charcoal I would have spent about $15 by now. 
     
  17. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    i am interested to know what the temp differences are between the three grates. right now I just have a gauge right below the middle grate. when I get more $$$ I will add more. three temp gauges would look so cool. 
     
  18. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I just have two grates with a therm in between. There is less difference at lower temps and increases as the temps get higher. Typically it's about 15 degrees...

    Imo 3 or more is just too much to deal with, I'd rather just make a second mini..which I probably will. With regards to 3 temp gauges you'd just have 3 inaccurate gauges.One is fine just as a bench mark imo.
     
  19. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Youll just have to realky test since atleast the few I know (kiethI, case, david) all three of our minis are set up different. . Between the size of our diffusers.. to a full hole cut in bottom or like mine just holes drilled. Number of grates.. etc... mine seems to have about a 10* spike... but only tested it once. .. I figure that little of difference when smoking low and slow wont matter... I like 220*-230*..
    Mike
     
  20. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    ok.. So these things are awesome... for mine I made a smaller grate that would fit all the way down into the bottom of the pot (past the indented ring)... on this a set a piece of 1/4" steel plate (cut to leave about a 3/4" opening all around it) I then took an unused 12" cast iron skillet and cut the handle off and set that on top of the steel plate.. so now I have all this steel mass at the bottom for a diffuser plus a heat sink... I cover the skillet with foil and it also acts as a drip pan... I have 3 grates (made with 1" sq. stainless screen)... when I started using mine I had big temp differences between grates... not so bad now after adding all that steel.... my first attempts were with a clay saucer.. it broke in half the first time...

    Here's a link to my build
    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/124570/my-version-of-the-mini-wsm

    I see you said your running the top vent 3/4 open... it is best to open that all the way... and just control with bottom vents... your gonna love this thing.. so easy to use and fuel efficient...
     

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