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Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by max8950, Jul 23, 2013.
Looks like it worked just fine!
Looks good. I wish the large WSM would put on handles.
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:
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!
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!
arlington texas rules! the smoker is still at 235. I am going to take a nap and leave it alone
How much smoke flavor if any is in kingsford briquettes? I have only cooked with lump charcoal. anyone use lump in a Mini WSM?
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.
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.
Good job and a great re-cycle project...stay Green ,Smoke Blue and ...
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".
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?
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.
What are you cooking?
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.
Is it still holding temp?
They look like a neat little smoker.
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.
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.
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.
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*..
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
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...