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Tim Campbell 01-06-2013 10:42 AM

Smaller ring on WSM for smaller cooks?
 
Do you think making a smaller ring fora 22" WSM would be beneficial for smaller cooks? I was thinking I could pack in the lump easier.

Tim Campbell 01-06-2013 10:46 AM

I just found another thread on this. Should have searched! Broke the cardinal rule!

BobM 01-06-2013 10:46 AM

I've been using an 18 1/2" ring in my 22 1/2" WSM.
For short cooks, at a lower temperature, with a small quantity of food, it saves a little fuel.
Otherwise I'm not sure there is any real advantage over the full size ring.

Bob

hav 01-06-2013 10:47 AM

I've thought of this as well, in my case for my Egg's. It should work for the WSM as well, just get a sheet of expanded metal, roll it and bolt it into the shape of a circle. I think it should be easy. Kinda' like the fire box that we make for the UDS.

sparky' 01-06-2013 12:08 PM

i also use my 18" ring in my 22" WSM. its great for ribs cooks or chicken. alot less fuel being used. works good.

Will work for bbq 01-06-2013 12:23 PM

I tried it with my 18" ring and it did not work for me. But that's because I use a Guru, I removed the smaller ring and everything worked fine and I used less coal because I loaded it with less to begin with.

thirdeye 01-06-2013 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by hav (Post 2318944)
I've thought of this as well, in my case for my Egg's. It should work for the WSM as well, just get a sheet of expanded metal, roll it and bolt it into the shape of a circle. I think it should be easy. Kinda' like the fire box that we make for the UDS.

It is easy and they work great.... I built this one for my Egg, it's diameter is closer to the charcoal grate. It;s just a ring only. It wasn't quite right for my Smokey Joe Tallboy (mini WSM)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../DSC02270a.jpg


So I made a second one for it...the ring is bolted together like the one above, and then wired to the round expando bottom. I bet one like this for a full size WSM would work fine too.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...DSC02378aa.jpg

Tim Campbell 01-06-2013 01:29 PM

Third eye, what is the diameter of yours?

JONESY 01-06-2013 01:42 PM

Here is the one I made. Works great.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=102347

thirdeye 01-06-2013 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Tim Campbell (Post 2319116)
Third eye, what is the diameter of yours?

The small one is 6-1/4" and the other one is 9-1/2".

swamprb 01-06-2013 02:55 PM

Here are just a couple that I use in my 22"WSM and Weber/Cajun Bandit/Performer

Stainless steel perf.
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_4579.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_4581.jpg

Holds equivalent amount as the 18"WSM ring
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_4583.jpg

This is one is even smaller-great for 4-6 hour cooks
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_4578.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_1650.jpg

An expando ring
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...IMG_1628_1.jpg

An 11" ring from a steel container
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_1302.jpg

An expando ring on a SJS charcoal grate.
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_0465.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_0462.jpg

6"x6" perf steel cube basket in a 15 gallon Mini UDS
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_0387.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/IMG_0411.jpg

Go for it!

thirdeye 01-06-2013 04:11 PM

Brian, that is a good assortment of WSM options. I'll be forwarding those to my buddy at work that has a WSM on order. He is so stoked he can hardly stand it. I'm giving him an assortment of rubs and a variety pack of different woods.

I suggested he set it up at the shop for a few days at least, so we can do fatties, pork loins, sausages, chicken pieces and the like. In 3 or 4 cooks I figure he will be able to learn fire management, show off a little, and at the same time build up his confidence by getting some compliments on the food. It will be a win-win situation. Then he can take it home to sell the Mrs. on his new hobby. Heheheee.

swamprb 01-07-2013 06:37 AM

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Originally Posted by thirdeye (Post 2319277)
Brian, that is a good assortment of WSM options. I'll be forwarding those to my buddy at work that has a WSM on order. He is so stoked he can hardly stand it. I'm giving him an assortment of rubs and a variety pack of different woods.

I suggested he set it up at the shop for a few days at least, so we can do fatties, pork loins, sausages, chicken pieces and the like. In 3 or 4 cooks I figure he will be able to learn fire management, show off a little, and at the same time build up his confidence by getting some compliments on the food. It will be a win-win situation. Then he can take it home to sell the Mrs. on his new hobby. Heheheee.

I rarely do any long cooks with my 22" WSM's or Cajun Bandit, so I don't see the need to use the stock rings. I use them primarily for comps, and when the heavy meats are resting, I just empty out what little ash is left and start a fresh fire for ribs and chicken.

I do have a Cajun Bandit Stainless Steel High Airflow charcoal ring that will hold a full 21.6lb bag of Kingsford and if he's thinking of doing a heavy loaded big bullet low n slow, it might be something to consider, as an addition.


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