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GC8 06-15-2013 11:07 PM

My Mini-WSM Build (Lots of pics!)
Not that this is anything original or anything, but I had an old Smokey Joe sitting in the garage that would get pulled out for tailgating and other random grilling needs. Or at least I think it was a Smokey Joe...I can make out the "ER" at the end of Weber on the wooden handle. Anyway, I wanted to put it to better use and so began the build. I tried to document as much as possible, so hope you enjoy!

Here's what I'm working with:

And here's my helper for the day:

As many others have experienced, the lid of the Weber did not fit the IMUSA pot very well:

Time to make some slight modifications:

Getting closer! And a really sore hand...:

Ahhhh, much better:

Time to drill some holes in the bottom of the pot (1" hole saw):

I used the steamer plate to mark the hole locations. My crappy drill didn't last very long, so drilling took a reallllllly long time:

It started to rain outside, so brought the operation into the garage. While waiting for the drill to charge back up, I taped off the old Smokey Joe to get ready for painting:

K, after a very slow drilling process...all the holes are drilled:

When drilling, I set the pot upside down on the lid and used the lid to catch all the shavings. Just a handy factoid:

Marked the pot for the grate supports (4.5" down from lid):

Test fitting the grate support with the acorn nuts on the outside:

Looks good!:

Holes drilled for the routing of my Maverick:

Ready for some paint:

First coat of high-temp gloss black:

Here's how I'll have it set up with the clay 9" clay diffuser:

The routing for the Maverick:

And last, but not least...the final product:

I'll do an initial burn in the next couple of days. I'm really looking forward to the first cook on this new toy! I'm going to order a thermometer for it too, that will finish it off nicely.

Werdlone 06-15-2013 11:14 PM

Looks awesome! can't wait to hear how it fires up...

mbshop 06-16-2013 12:03 AM

looks good but i'm not understanding the painting of the grill. that will probably burn off especially the lower part. one suggestion. go get some wide ss washers and put them on both sides of the legs on the lower part. it will add some strength there.

GC8 06-16-2013 12:08 AM

It's high-temp paint that's good up to 2,000 degrees. If it get's hotter than that, then I guess I'll just deal with it flaking off. I painted the grill portion of it because it was really beat up.

Gilstarr 06-16-2013 12:39 AM

It looks great... you will enjoy it for sure :thumb:

1911Ron 06-16-2013 01:05 AM

They sure are a handy little cooker, you'll enjoy it.

madmike 06-16-2013 03:15 AM

I built my mini because the ECB never would maintain steady temps, best thing i ever built! Happy Smokin!

Stingerhook 06-16-2013 05:12 AM

Nice lookin. Now what's cookin?

Gasket 06-16-2013 05:41 AM

My kids bought me a smokey joe for fathers day, but I'm not supposed to know that. :wink:

stl-rich 06-16-2013 09:20 AM

Between my mini and my red akorn, all my other cookers are getting jealous :oops:

BTW, just cutting out the bottom is much easier than drilling all the holes

RemoGaggi 06-16-2013 09:32 AM

Nice work! I'm sure you'll enjoy your mini. I use mine all the time.

Porcine Perfection 06-16-2013 09:38 AM

Looks good. Those are fun little things to make that don't involve a lot of time or expense.

hachi-roku_fan 06-16-2013 09:49 AM

Great build GC8.

GC's are one of a few Suby's I love, great car, if that's where your SN comes from

GC8 06-16-2013 09:52 AM


Originally Posted by hachi-roku_fan (Post 2517722)
Great build GC8.

GC's are one of a few Suby's I love, great car, if that's where your SN comes from

I suppose the WRX in the background of that photo helps to give it away :-o

hachi-roku_fan 06-16-2013 05:20 PM


Originally Posted by GC8 (Post 2517727)
I suppose the WRX in the background of that photo helps to give it away :-o

Well the name gave me suspicions, the photo verified. I need to find me some acorn nuts for my UDS build. Like the look better than just bolts. She looks great. I'll keep this one in mind for my future mini wsm build

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