Mini WSM Finally Done!!!!

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  1. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    Well I am done with the mini WSM. I will fire it up in the next couple of days to test it out. I had so much fun making this thing I want to make them and sell them. 

    Smokey Joe Silver - $8 - Flea Market
    32 Quart Tamale Pot - $18 Flea Market
    2 - 7431 grills - $20 (Do not buy the 7440, they are about 1/4 inch too small.)
    1 - 10'' terra cotta pot saucer
    1 - bbq gauge stole from other smoker
    1- Engine paint (black)
    4- 1'' magnets (converted the silver to a gold with side air vents)

    I did the whole thing for about $65. I cut out the bottom and then cut the ring off the steamer plate the pot came with. This way I can have the steamer tray in for low and slow cooks and remove it for high heat cooks. 

    Let me know if you like it and have any questions

    The lid did not fit good so I used the vise grips and clamped down the lip of the pot a little bit. Now it has a great seal. 






     
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  2. Looks good man  [​IMG]   Make sure you post your first smoke with it  [​IMG]
     
  3. millerk0486

    millerk0486 Meat Mopper

    Yeah, let us know how it does. Looks cool
     
  4. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Looks good to me from what I can see...I'll look at your pics when I'm on a computer. Hope it tests well for you... Let the drippings go to the coals as much as possible, it makes all the difference especially for chickens!

    Case and Webo made theirs out of the Silver as well and might be able to give you tips if you need to make adjustments...I used the gold.
     
  5. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    I closed down the bottom vent and drilled 4 holes in the side covered with magnets. It is my silver to gold conversion. I am firing it up in a couple hours. Will update you on the temps and stability. 
     
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  7. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    The bottom gets incredibly hot ...if the magnets start melting try nipples with magnets.
     
  8. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    what are nipples with magnets?
     
  9. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Max, Ive seen the magnet thing somewhere else... and I remember them having worries with the temps being to hot. My problem is have to many cocktails and forget how hot the bottom gets... think the magnets would burn my damn fingerprints off.hehe.. ill try to find that article and see if he has adjusted the mod yet. He hadnt burned it in when he wrote the article.
    And keith... I finally saw the Gold version at a store. . I should have looked there first. Gotta love Cabela's..
    Mike
     
  10. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Short pipe nipples with your magnets. It'll make it easier on your fingers also I'm thinking.
     
  11. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    ok I just painted and glued some 1 inch dowels to each magnet. this will keep me from burning my fingers but will not address the melting magnets thing. I have the intake vents a little higher than normal and the charcoal basket should keep the coals off the edge of the grill. We shall see , keeping my fingers crossed. 
     
  12. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The good thing is max.. the holes are there... so if magnets dont work.. you dont have to redrill anything. Let her rip. . And see how she handles ; ) let us know on here for other future mini builders.
    Mike
     
  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Good luck max! Worst case cut some sheet metal, bend up the edges, drill a hole through the middle and use a bolt and spring.
     
  14. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    The mini is really smoking now. I started about 8 coals in the chimney starter, let them get going and dumped them into the middle of the basket. It took about 20 minutes to hit 225. now the thing is going up steady, about 10 degrees per 5 minutes. I am going to take it to 250 and them start choking down the vents. I am interested to see how long I can maintain a low and slow temp. Waking up in the night every 2 hours with my NBBD might be a thing of the past! Sleep is good. 

     
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  15. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    this is a party. The smoker is really smelling good. I am stepping out of my comfort zone with this machine. For four years I have been a 225 low and slow guy. If I take ribs and pork butt to 250 or 275 do you think I need to take some sugar out of my rub recipe? 

    parts

    2 - salt

    2-  white sugar

    4- brown sugar

    1 - cumin

    1- chile powder

    2 - black pepper

    1 - cayenne pepper

    4 - papirika

    1 - garlic powder

    1- onion powder

    Should I go 2-1-1 on the ribs if they are cooking at 275?
     
  16. Nice build!

    Do you mean cooking them to an internal meat temp of 250 or 275, or is that the smoker temp? I would reduce the sugar but I don't know by how much as I don't use a lot of sugar in my rubs and I use Turbinado (Sugar in the Raw) or Pure Cane Sugar. I did Baby Backs a few days ago at 250-275° and cooked them 2-1-1, if those are Spares you might want to go 2-2-1 or even 3-1-1 depending how much smoke you want to give them.
     
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  17. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice looking mini!  If you are smoking above 250 you gotta watch out for the brown sugar, it will definitely burn.

    Good luck!

    Bill
     
  18. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower

    cool thanks for the tips. It looks like with the dampener and clay saucer in this is a low and slow machine. I think I would have to remove the dampener to get the temp higher. It is pegged at 250. Intake vents are 1/2 open exhaust 3/4 open. now the interesting part will be . . . how long will it stay at 250 if I dont mess with it? Any guessers? I think 3 more hours. I started the fire almost 2 hours ago.  
     
  19. max8950

    max8950 Smoke Blower


    Making sure the new picture thing I learned worked. 
     

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