Thinking of Building Mini-WSM

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by danbono, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All Been reading a lot lately about the Mini-WSM.. Was thinking of maybe putting one together. Is there a list of parts and instructions that are needed to put one together..I don't have much tools to work with either..I can get the 32 Tamale pot and Smoky Joe at Walmart.

    Question is there only one size Web Smoky Joe? Does it hold temps well?

    Should be able to get started once in warms up here in NJ. Just like to get the information ahead of time and round up what is needed.

    Thanks Dan

    PS I have COS and a Cheap  Electric Vertical smoker. 
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lots of great builds here and there are multiple ways to go. To answer your question, yes they hold temps like a rock. For tools you can get by with a drill with a step bit that goes up to 1" (harbor freight has a cheap step bit set for under $20) and a cheap jigsaw with a metal blade (once again you can buy a cheap jigsaw at harbor freight for right at $20.

    I have built all of my mini's using the SMJ silver. I found mine cheap on Craigslist. If I hadn't I would have bought the silver as the stores in my neck of the woods don't have the gold. Here's a quick list of parts you may need if using a silver, minus the pot and the BBQ.

    Ash deflector - tin can with holes or small stainless pet food dish

    charcoal basket - 1 x 2 sheet of expanded metal for the sides. You will use the charcoal grate that comes with the Smokey Joe for the base.

    Side air vents (SMJ silver only) - (2) 3/4" black pipe nipples, (2) 3/4" ball valves

    Heat deflector - (not required but useful for low temp smokes) 10" terracotta planter tray cover in foil.

    (3) nuts and bolts to make supports for rack.

    There are a few other items that aren't really required, therm paint, etc...

    As for builds I'd read through the forum and take in all that you can.
     
  3. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    if you get the gold smokey joe all you need is to attach the lid to the bottom of the pot and cut a hole thru both (this is optional but highly recommended); I have the imusa pot so I had to bolt it on. Charcoal basket is also optional but recommended. Then drill three holes about four inches down for bolts to support the grill. I also made a lower grill support by wiring some leftover expanded metal, 12" diameter and three inches high, from leftover expanded metal from making the charcoal basket. I use the steamer insert as my heat deflector.

    Very easy and great smoker.
     
  4. Ck out the virtual weber bullet. There's a page with a list of materials and a tutorial.
     
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    The mini page on here has it all.
     
  6. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  7. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

          Thanks Dan
     
  8. joopster

    joopster Smoking Fanatic

  9. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member



    This is my build ...

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/124570/my-version-of-the-mini-wsm
     
  10. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
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  11. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    if you get the gold smokey joe all you need is to attach the lid to the bottom of the pot and cut a hole thru both (this is optional but highly recommended.

    Don't understand this part?

    THanks Dan
     
  12. Be sure and let us know what you wind up with and Pictures !

    Gary
     
  13. c farmer

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

    Don't worry about attaching the lid to the bottom of the pot, don't need to do it.

    I get plenty of fuel in the basket without the extra height.
     
  14. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a problem with the pot getting stuck to the bottom of the sj .. It's an industrial aluminum pot like a 1/16 of an inch thick..
    I tryed to spray Pam around the bottom but once it get hot it's stuck .. Can lift it off to put in coal or wood!!!
     
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you attach the pots lid to the bottom of the pot this is no longer an issue.





    And you can stack multiple pots if you feel inclined to do so.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2015
  16. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All So far I can't find the Gold Smoky Joe in my area.. Might have to settle for the silver.I thougth the smokey joe's might be bigger

    So they really hold temps well?

    Do you still the charcoal grate?

    Ribs how many?

    Thanks Dan
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2015
  17. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  18. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I had the opposite problem: I wanted a silver but all I could find were golds! I already had a mini with a gold base but wanted a silver so I could get air flow from below the charcoal and not the sides. Craigslist was no help but Walmart finally got some silvers in a couple of weeks ago and I grabbed one.

    Yes, they hold heat great.

    Yes, you still need the charcoal grate and I highly recommend getting some expanded metal to make a charcoal basket.

    If you have two racks you can do two spares at the same time laying on the grates. If you have two grates and two rib racks you can do four ribs at the same time.
     

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