What Should You Use as A Diffuser For Your Mini?

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by bdskelly, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Over the years this subject has come up time and time again.  What makes the best diffuser for the mini? Terra-cotta Saucer? Cast Iron Frying Pan with the handle cut off? Steel plate? The Steam Tray that came with your pot? 

    I use nothing more than a disposable aluminum pie plate with a few cups of water in it.  Inexpensive and they work great.  Best of all, after the smoke I just toss them in the trash. One less thing to clean!


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  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't have a mini, but I use the heck out of those pans! Water pans, drip pans, scrap pans, serving pans, freezing pans....

    Yep, good stuff!
     
  3. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just use the steamer plate that came with it. If I'm using the bottom rack I'll put a 9" round cake pan upside down on top of the steamer to deflect the heat right over the coal ring.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2015
  4. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good idea on that cake pan.
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Alumnium Its the miracle metal!
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My very first diffuser was a rock with frozen line needles on it!


    I have used the terracotta tray, a chunk of granite. Now pretty much all I use is the steamer insert, unless I am doing something low and slow, then I use my foil covered hunk of granite.
     
  7. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You should have a mini. Everyone should. 😄
     
  8. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good idea on that cake pan.
    Yup.... Cant cook without it. b
     

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