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TroyA65 06-06-2013 06:10 PM

I built a Mini WSM while I'm waiting (excessive pRon)
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I'm waiting for my MJH to get shipped (maybe another week or so) and so I decided I would build a mini WSM to get me through withdrawals until the new unit arrives. I started with this stuff.

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As you can see I used the IMUSA tamale steamer, kind of a pain in the arse. I had to bend the top over and down (this step took longer than all other steps combined). For any future build I would try the Vascondia brand. I used the steamer insert to mark a pattern on the bottom of the pot.

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After it was all marked up, I used a 1/4" drill to get some pilot holes.

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The I changed to a 1/2" drill and hit all the holes again.

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I also added an aluminum control rod (held in place with E-clips) for draft, and an aluminum pie plate for a larger ash tray.

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I then added a ash barrier to insure a continuous flow of air even after a lot of ash drops through. It's a canned chicken can with 8 1/2" holes drill in it.

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I then used some expanded metal (cold rolled) cut into 3" tall strips to build a cage for the lump. I'm not completely convinced that this step was necessary but that's what they had on the Weber site so I built it.

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Fill the cage with Lump.

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On goes the pot.

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Then I put in a aluminum pie pan as a heat defuser. I'm not completely convinced that this is necessary either since I put the steamer tray back in on top of the pie pan.

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On goes the cooking grate.

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Started the fire, and then add some food for a test run. I sprinkled some yardbird on pieces of chicken breast and then wrapped in bacon. Let run for an 60-90 minutes (until they were done). Forgot the after pic :crazy: but this is what it looked like during the run.

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It ran a steady 260-270 for about 4 hours. This load was a half arse dump in the cage. I'm pretty sure I can get 5-6 hours with a full, well placed load. I gotta say this is a really fun/cool project, and when it's done it actually works very very well. I am amazed at how steady it held temps, it was a windy, gloomy day and temp was between 55-60f. I did set it out of the direct wind.

Very fun, you should try it!!

superlazy 06-06-2013 06:11 PM


Big M1ke 06-06-2013 06:15 PM

I really want to build one of these.

dwfisk 06-06-2013 06:16 PM

So, my 18 year old was assigned cleaning up the shop this week, did a great job then asked "dad, what is our next project"? I showed him the SJ, tamale pot and other hardware and said "the next project is yours, build a mini WSM any way you want". Can't wait to see what we get!

TroyA65 06-06-2013 07:04 PM

Sorry Superlazy, it took a while to get all the pics loaded (and for me to figure out how to load them)

TY~DY 06-06-2013 07:12 PM

Great build. I love mine. Great little wonders of cooking, aint they!

TroyA65 06-06-2013 07:13 PM

I'm planning on doing a pork butt either tomorrow or Saturday on my new toy!! I'll try to remember the after cook photos next time!

Ron_L 06-06-2013 07:15 PM

Nice job!

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