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Old 08-14-2011, 04:21 PM   #1
is one Smokin' Farker
Join Date: 07-19-11
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
Cool Baby Bullet Smoker Build - In A Nutshell.

Here's the collected photos of the Baby bullet build.

The Vasconia Tamale Steamer pot from Amazon.

Fit test -Sitting on the SJG bottom with the lid in place

The bottom cut out using my jigsaw and a fine tooth hacksaw blade. You can see the 3/4" SS machine screws used for grate rests. After the first smoke, I replaced two of the rests on one side with 1/2" SS machine screws to make it easier to get the grates in and out. Top rests are 3 1/4' down, bottom rests are 7 1/4" down.

I used SS Acorn nuts on the outside ends of the grate rests, Safe AND pretty.

The grates have about 1/8" cearance from the sides of the cooker.

Next came the cooking grate thermometers installed about 3/4" below each cooking grate.

I then added a "water tight" fitting for inserting the cooking thermometers. You can find these in the electrical aisle in Lowe's or Home Depot. 1/2" NM/SE Connector.

You will need to buy a 1/2" Rigid Nut for the fitting:

I used a #4 Step Drill to drill the hole for the fittng.

I picked up two 12"x24" 18 ga. expanded metal sheets at Lowe's to make the charcoal basket. I used offset aviation snips to cut a piece of it into a circle the size of the original charcoal grate. I also cut some 3' wide strips to make the sides. I then wired the bottom to the old grate with SS safety wire, and then cut the sides to fit around the grate. The sides are fastened together with 1/2" SS machine screws and SS fender washers. The sides were then fastened to the bottom with SS safety wire.

And finally... it's COOKIN"!!

Things still to do:
  1. Apply high temp silicone in the lip of the SJ lid to help seal it better.
  2. Replace the handle with a Marty Leach handle (already ordered.)
  3. Figure out some method to make the SJ air vents seal better when closed.
  4. Replace the El Cheapo pit thermometers with Tel-True.
  5. Make a floor stand to hold this at a better level to work with.
That's the Baby Bullet Build in a Nutshell.
[B]Matt Armistead[/B]
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:11 PM   #2
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Join Date: 07-01-09
Location: Redmond, WA

Great post!! Love the pics!! That is one tricked out little smoker. Makes an excellent tutorial.

Add to your to do list a lever/handle for the bottom vent...kind of a PITA when its hot!
Humphrey's Pint, Weber(Go Anywhere, Smokey Joe, "Smoker Joe", 22.5" Kettles, Gasser, Q100, Q200, (2)22.5" WSM, (1)18.5" WSM (1) 14.5" WSM, UDS (Weber lid), Rib-O-Lator. BLACK thermapen...and a YELLOW one too!!

Everything I cook is judged by SIX!!

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Mini, SJG, SJS, tamale, uds, WSM

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