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Unread 03-29-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Mini-WSM: Slightly Shorter Version

Here's my version of the mini. I figured if my little Cobb Grill/Smoker can produce decent smokes with its main grate only an inch above the diffuser why can't I do the same with my mini's lower grate.....thus, the shorter smoker body than the standard length tamale pot.
Upper grate is 4" below the lip. I have not yet installed mounting bolts for the diffuser/drip pan to rest on. The lower grate, if used, will simply sit on the drip pan, slightly elevated.
Making the cut at the lower ridge of the pot was easy and the fit, perfect.

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Shortened tamale pot


Original length tamale pot
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So are the two in the picture the same except for the fact that you cut the pot around where the steamer insert sits in the first one?
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Ok, so I'm easily confused. I admit that. But why would you want less room in your smoker? What am I missing here?
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So are the two in the picture the same except for the fact that you cut the pot around where the steamer insert sits in the first one?
Yes, that is correct.
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I second the confusion. They work great as is, why make it have less capacity?
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Thirds. Why? Not being a jerk, just not sure what you hope to add by subtracting. I've never had issues with my bottom grate, other than if I'm not careful it can get too hot.
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Ok, so I'm easily confused. I admit that. But why would you want less room in your smoker? What am I missing here?
Not a significant difference, but the smaller chamber volume requires less fuel to operate.

I can still fit 2 whole chickens in there.

If I need a larger chamber I have a 16 gallon drum (cut out at the bottom like the tamale pot) which I use in place of the tamale pot and sits on the Smokey Joe, but the 16 gallon set up uses significantly more fuel than the standard mini-wsm.
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So glad you're happy with it, brother. That's what counts!
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Not a significant difference, but the smaller chamber volume requires less fuel to operate.

I can still fit 2 whole chickens in there.

If I need a larger chamber I have a 16 gallon drum (cut out at the bottom like the tamale pot) which I use in place of the tamale pot and sits on the Smokey Joe, but the 16 gallon set up uses significantly more fuel than the standard mini-wsm.
I like it. Why not try something new? We all benefit from each other's experiments on here. Let us know how the cooks go.
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Actually, if I know I'll never use a second grate I can even go shorter....:))
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Lowrider!
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Well.....I already, kinda, have that so I don't think I'll turn the mini-wsm into a lowrider......


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i like the looks of that! i also know that i'll never use the lower rack of my regular-sized wsm. lets see some cooks brother.
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Well.....I already, kinda, have that so I don't think I'll turn the mini-wsm into a lowrider......


Sorry for the hi-jack, but I've been in the market for a Cobb. Where'd you get yours?
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Looks good to me. That's what makes bbq so much fun. Everybody has their on way of doing things. No rules. That's how we all learn.
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