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Old 02-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Mini WSM worth it?

Quick question for you mini WSM owners. I currently have a 18" WSM, but am thinking about building a mini WSM for fuel efficiency, small cooks, and portability.

What I am wondering is if the mini WSM can put out some good BBQ? Obviously it isn't a BGE, but is it worthy of the time and money and capable?

Also, I will likely follow the build instructions on the virtual weber bullet with a smokey joe gold and vasconia steamer. Are there any must make mods anybody would be able to recommend to me?

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Absolutely, IMO. I use mine for things like MOINK balls, Fatties, meat loafs, ABTs -- all kind of things that cook in an hour or two.

I also have an 18.5 WSM, and it is clearly better for an all-day cook. But, if I want to make a batch of MOINKs and ABTs to munch on, or want to smoke a meat loaf that will be done in an hour, the mini WSM is my go-to cooker.

Mine naturally likes to run at 250 degrees, and it is very steady at that temp. That is perfect for how I use it.

Look at it this way, you can make a few slices of toast in a full-size oven, but a better tool for the job would be a toaster oven. Likewise, you can smoke a couple fatties in a 18.5 WSM, but IMO, a mini-WSM is a better tool for that job.

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:27 PM   #3
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Short answer: yes.
Longer answer: I've made two- one for me and one for my brother. They're fun to build, relatively cheap, and turn out great BBQ. I've yet to see anyone regret building one. Worst case scenario, you own an $80 smokey joe.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:33 PM   #4
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OK folks, I'm going to expose my ignorance here.

You said build your mini WSM, a mini isn't a purchased item?

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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OK folks, I'm going to expose my ignorance here.

You said build your mini WSM, a mini isn't a purchased item?

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Not exactly, you have to buy a few things namely a WSJ and put it together yourself. I think I built mine in about 30 minutes.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=138697
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:39 PM   #6
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OK folks, I'm going to expose my ignorance here.

You said build your mini WSM, a mini isn't a purchased item?

Dave
From what I know you purchase a Smokey Joe (Either Silver or gold, as far as I know both work) then a stock pot (some people use a tamale pot, I'm unsure of the difference) and some hardware.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:41 PM   #7
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Default Mini WSM worth it?

It's nice for appetizers. I haven't done anything but that in mine so far. It's been more of a novelty than anything. I still like it though.
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And since there are no modifications to the Smokey Joe, you can still use it as originally intended.
What a deal!
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Well, it's not exactly a true mini-WSM, but just this week I completed this mini-WSM/UDS smoker using a 15 gallon drum instead of a tamale pot. I had to beef up the legs on the Smokey Joe so it can handle the additional weight.
I'm just experimenting at this stage and the barrel is set up as a meat hanger for now.



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Not exactly, you have to buy a few things namely a WSJ and put it together yourself. I think I built mine in about 30 minutes.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=138697
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:03 PM   #11
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They make excellent food and i have cooked two 9 lbs. Butts on mine before and they were second to none as far as pulled pork goes

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Sounds great! I can be impulsive when it comes to BBQ so I wanted to make sure it was worth it rather than build one and never use it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:17 PM   #13
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I can be impulsive when it comes to BBQ so I wanted to make sure it was worth it rather than build one and never use it.
I noticed in your signature you also have a Brinkman Gourmet Smoker. Have you modified that yet, as you can turn that thing into a decent smoker.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:19 PM   #14
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Ahh yes I haven't changed my signature for a while. I ended up giving that to my brother in law a few years ago.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #15
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From what I know you purchase a Smokey Joe (Either Silver or gold, as far as I know both work) then a stock pot (some people use a tamale pot, I'm unsure of the difference) and some hardware.
A few suggestions...

I prefer a SJ Gold, because the side vents can't get clogged with ash, like the single bottom vent does. This matters more, the longer your cook lasts.



Also, the difference between a stock pot an a tamale pot is a ridge near the bottom of the tamale pot, that would normally hold a perforated plate for steaming. I use that ridge to support a grate, that holds a pie pan as a drip pan.





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