Fritz's mini WSM build

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by fritzmonroe, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The ET732 is a great therm! I still use mine when I need more than two probes. The iGrill has been my go to for the last year and a half.
  2. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    I'm still gathering parts and looked 2 more places for the pot locally.  Although I would MUCH rather deal locally, I'm just going to have to order it.  Oh well.

    I got the extra grate for the smoker.  I was going to get the ball valves and pipe nipples, but the ball valves were $20 each.  I'll have to look around, I may have been looking at the wrong stuff.  I was kind of in a rush because the snow was falling.

    I also picked up the expanded metal.  They had 1 size, 2'x8'  So if anyone is in Maryland or Southern PA that's in need of some of this for the coal basket, let me know.

    If I get snowed in this weekend I'll work on the coal basket.
  3. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    I went ahead and ordered the pot from a guy on Ebay.  Thanks to BDSkelly for the recommendation
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fritz the ball valves can be spends. The last two I found for $13.99. Gate valves will work also. In my neck of the woods gate valves are about 1/2 the price of ball valves.
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looked at my receipt these guys were actually $12.99 ea.
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    These 1" gate valves that I put on my UDS were $4.99 ea. and work fine.
  7. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    When I have more time I'll do some looking.  I was kind of in a hurry with the snow coming in.  I'll see what is there next time I'm in the store.
  8. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    Well, I was off work today because of the snow.  I decided to put together the charcoal basket.  Like has been suggested in other build threads, I used those rebar ties to connect the expanded metal to the grate.  I think it turned out pretty well.

  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great! My wire tied basket worked for about a year and half. The other day several of the ties finally gave out. Since I now have a welder I will weld it back together.
  10. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking basket Fritz.  Keep those photos coming! b
  11. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is it built yet my friend? 
  12. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    No, not yet.  The tamale steamer was delivered the other day.  I'm planning on cutting the bottom out of it tomorrow.  Wish me luck.
  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    The charcoal grate is a good template for the hole...just cut just on the outside of the circle you draw. 
  14. c farmer

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

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2014
  15. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    So I got to work on the steamer pot today.  I had to make 2 trips to Home Depot because I didn't have a metal blade for the jig saw. The second trip is because I picked up the Bosch brand which has a different shaped end that doesn't fit my jig saw. 

    I took off the lid's handle and used that as a template to drill the hole into the center of the pot's bottom.  I attached the lid to the pot with a screw then drilled another hole to keep them from sliding.  I traced the circle using my charcoal basket.  I wish I would have done that before making the basket.  The ties made it a pain to trace.  Drilled the big hole and cut out the bottom and the center of the lid.  When finished, I drilled 4 holes in the combo and attached the pot to the lid with pop rivets.

    I also used that jig saw to cut the one end off one of the replacement grills.  This slides past the steamer rim with no trouble. 

    I did find that the replacement grills are slightly smaller than the grill that came with the SJS.  The replacement grill doesn't sit as sturdy on the steamer rim as the OEM grill does.  So the OEM grill is my bottom rack by default.

    I still have to locate the brass fittings used as holes for the temperature probes.  I have them around the house somewhere, but can't seem to find them yet.

    Next on the list is to put in the top rack, but I'm not completely sure where I should put this.  I've seen mention of 4" below the rim or the pot or 3" above the bottom rack.  Any suggestions?
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2014
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Both of mine are at 4" below the rim of the pot. I've found this is perfect for doing larger things like roasts and butts.
  17. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Fritz!  Keep it coming!

  18. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    After looking though the other threads and with Case's reply, I went ahead and put the top rack at 4" below the rim of the pot. 

    I can't find the lamp repair things in the house, so I'll have to do something differently or get another set of those.

    I'll also have to stop by Bass Pro on the way home to get some wood to smoke with.
  19. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I just cut a 1/4" wide slit in edge of my top.. just as deep as the rim ... made a little notch for the wires to come out...
  20. fritzmonroe

    fritzmonroe Smoke Blower

    So the notch is in the pot or the lid?  

    I couldn't make the stop at Bass pro today, I was running late.  

    Anyone have any suggestions on a good first smoke?

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