Thanks to the Mini group another is born.

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by smokinpoboy, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. smokinpoboy

    smokinpoboy Fire Starter

    Hey all,

    I just want to thank you all again. I'm usually a lurker around here learning from all the great advise that's freely given around here.

    Last week my wife brought me a smokey joe silver she had won at a company picnic. I had it put together and charcoal burning in itminutes. What a fun little grill. The next morning I searched the SJS on the forum and I find the mini section.

    I ran off to Target, grabbed the only Imusa pot they had, figuring if it didn't fit I could use it for its real purpose. The pot fit, ( with a little crimping around the top), and it was on sale $17.50.

    A few more bits and pieces, extra grates, expanded steel charcoal basket, tin can ash shield, plus a new rib rack, and great ideas from here, my new mini. It's plain, no painting for me.

    Tonight's St Louis ribs came out great. The thing held steady between 225 - 250 for 6 hours, without much trouble. Could have gone longer. I'm going to have fun with this!

    Now for Q-View. Thank again to all.
     
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  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Great build! Awesome food!

    POINTS!!!
     
  3. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great Job!

    You will enjoy it. Sounds like the prices were in a great place.....
     
  4. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Great looking ribs! The mini is a great little cooker!
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking plate of food!

    Enjoy your mini, hands down one of the easiest most versatile little smokers around!
     
  6. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great job.! I love the washtub mod!! A buddy of mine has a wood deck off his kitchen and won't smoke out there. definitely going to let him know about the tub!
     
  7. smokinpoboy

    smokinpoboy Fire Starter

    Thanks everyone. I can see myself using this little thing a lot. It was the easiest first run on any gear I've got. I'm sure I'll be using it to test a bunch of recipes. I look forward to taking it on fishing trips.

    I've just got to come up with a new leg design. The legs are to wonkey for my taste.

    Mdboatbum, I saw that tub at the hardware store and thought it was perfect for the mini on the deck. It also worked as good wind protection, and It's great as a table for the SJS if you flip it upside down too. It'll hold a lot of beer when the the big smokers are at workin.:thumb1:
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2014
  8. radioyaz

    radioyaz Smoke Blower

    And there was much rejoicing! [​IMG]
     
  9. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree on the legs. I am thinking of bending some flat bar to replace mine.
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have bent, and re-bent my legs so many times...

    I have been thinking about doing the same thing, or welding some out of rebar. I have a buddy that does concrete so rebar is really cheap for me to acquire.
     
  11. smokinpoboy

    smokinpoboy Fire Starter

    I just don't trust these legs. I'm also thinking along the lines of rebar legs attached to a ring that the SJ can just sit in. Not unlike a turkey fryer burner.
     
  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That was my first thought too, but I'd have any issue with getting around the side vents that I have added. I was thinking of putting the band up high, where the indent is in the side. Suppose I could have the ring be lower.

     
  13. smokinpoboy

    smokinpoboy Fire Starter

    I like the idea of the side vents. I thought about adding one but decided to wait a use the mini for a while. I see where that could cause some probs.
    I like the leg style on the Bodum Fyrkat.
    Wish weber had gone that route or stuck with the older solid bar legs.
    I'll post up whatever I come up with. It's the top of my list for the mini.
     
  14. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking forward to your mod.

    Case like the lighter!
     
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's the only way to light a Mini in my opinion...

    The reason I added the side vents is I couldn't get the high temps I wanted at my altitude for certain types of smokes. The most I could get with just the bottom vent was 285 (summer) and 265 (winter, @ 32-40 ambient outdoor temp). After adding the side vents I could get temps higher than my therms go no matter what the outside temp is.

    I'll be looking for your legs. Mine will be a bit as I have more than one project ahead of this one!
     
  16. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I may have to get one......
     
  17. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice looking smoker. Is that your first smoke on it?  Heck of plate. Points!

    B
     
  18. smokinpoboy

    smokinpoboy Fire Starter

    Thanks B,

    It was my first smoke on it. I couldn't be more pleased with how well it works. The ribs came out great.

    Thank you again, as I used your build as my template.

    I just wish I had time this week to play with it some more. A couple more additions and it'll be finished.

    I plan on using it alot. Perfect for trying new recipes and small meals. But I don't need to tell anyone here that.
     
  19. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You used MY build? Well thank you. There are many on this site to choose from.  I appreciate you giving my build a try. 

    Happy smoking. Be sure to post more smokes! 

    Brian
     

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