The mini booster!

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by dirtsailor2003, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As many of you mini fans know there isn't a vortex for the mini-WSM.

    I have had this in the back of my head for awhile. I picked up a 6"x28" 16 gauge sheet of steel. Not having a good way to roll the sheet into a cone I decided to keep the thing square. I layers out the four sides. I cut the sheet in half length wise. Giving me two 18" long by 3"+/- high pieces. From those I cut four sides. 8" at the bottom 5" at the top. Got out my welder and tacked everything together. When I was happy with that I welded the seems.

    I won't be able to try it until the weekend. So until then here's the finished shots

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    Smoke away!!!
     
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  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Nice job Case! ... or should I say Mr. Mini  [​IMG]

     Nothing special with the cylindrical shape the whole concept is just concentrating the heat so  the square will work just as well.  I'll give it a thumbs up!  [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2016
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep should be interesting to see how good it works. I'm going to have to wait a few days though. Other junk going on.
     
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good luck hope it works as well as your hoping!
     
  5. litterbug

    litterbug Smoke Blower

    When I seen the title, I just knew it had to you Case, so I had to check it out. Most new methods or innovations for the mini are usually your brainchild after all.
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'll be eating the results either way!
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep it's me again! Messing with a perfectly good smoker!
     
  8. Gonna have to teach myself how to weld, I guess. Looks like I'm missing out on too much fun! Nice looking homemade vortex, dirt sailor...I like it!
     
  9. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well done, Case!!!

    Be sure to get Qview and tell us how well it works. I've got a Vortex in my Performer and really like the convenience it adds to fire control.
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's not that difficult. I never wanted to learn until a few years ago. All I wanted to do was work with wood. My dad was a journeyman electrician and a master welder. Didn't want anything tondo with the metal shop! Kick myself for not trying when I was younger.

    Despite what everyone says about the cheap harbor freight 90 amp flux wire welder it does everything I want to do.

     
  11. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice work case.  Isn't it fun having a welder on stanby?   Have one out in my shop next to where my smokers live.  I can weld and smoke my fish at the same time.  I restored two vintage Mustangs and my 50 chebbie truck with the help of that welder.  Self taught.  Glad I did it.  Have made various accessories or modifications to all my smokers with help of Mr. Miggy.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2016
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Excellent Case!

    Can't wait to see it in action!

    Al
     
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah it's fun stuff! The metal art I've made has made my wife and family members very happy. Then there's the stuff I've made for myself. My welds are getting better, maybe one of the
     
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Al. I can't wait to fire it up! This week is super busy so it may have to wait until the weekend!
     
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I was going to fire this up tonight, but now the wife says that we are going to a concert... Guess I will have to give it a spin tomorrow, unless SWMBO comes up with some other BBQ blocking plans.
     
  16. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I.ll be watching for smoke enjoy the concert 

    Richie
     
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice idea, Case! Waiting for the test run.

    Disco
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2016
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  19. bigsoftmoose

    bigsoftmoose Newbie

    Old thread i know, but i just had a random idea ... for a quick and simple booster could you take an 8" stainless steel dog bowl and cut the bottom out ?

    I may have to try this...  (i'll post pictures etc if i do)
     
  20. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes you can. The only problem is it won't last long. The thin metal will burn out due to the high temps. I used a smaller stainless dog dish as an ash deflector in my original mini-wsm before I put the side vents in. It lasted about a year then disintegrated.
     

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