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Old 08-19-2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Often times, when posting about a cook, I will get questions about a mod I did to my WSM, either in post or via PM. I decided I would create one thread of my own that consolidates all of the mods I have done and link it to my signature, so that I could easily point to it and provide the information.

Before I get started, I know there are those purists that have not made any mods to their WSM's and feel they are not required. I graciously accept your opinion and feel you are right to do with your WSM as you wish. In that same token, I feel that what I have done to "upgrade" my WSM has enhanced my smoking experience. Negative comments are not needed.

Please, if you feel that WSM mods are not required or are an abomination, please just step back from the thread and read something else.

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Old 08-19-2014, 05:01 PM   #2
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Default WSM Gaskets from BBQGaskets.com

When I first got my WSM, I had a lot of leaks from where the main pieces fit together and around the door. While these may have sealed up over time, I was impatient and ordered the WSM gasket kit from BBQGaskets.com.

1. First I did a good scrub where the gaskets were going to go. I used Fast 505 degreaser from Home Depot and a scrubby pad. Not too difficult, but I only had a couple cooks on her so far.



2. Nice and Shiny...



3. Starting on the bottom of the center piece, I gently measured the gasket around the rim. I did my first quarter of the way, but didn't put down enough of the sealant, so I had to do it again. You get a whole tube, so don't try to use it sparingly.



4. Now you can see a little bit leaking out. I stretched this gasket to make it a little thinner as I had heard of difficulties in getting the pieces to fit together.



5. That's how much I started using and it held well. I used a toothpick to roll the cement back and forth until it was even.



6. The drum kept wanting to roll, so I put a box of salt down on each side to stabilize it.



7. After stretching it around, you can see how much extra I had.



8. Trimmed and this half done. Let it sit for a while before I started the other side.



9. Working the top of the center piece now. Instructions made it sound like I wanted the gasket on the vertical edge, but research and my common sense told me to put it on the horizontal edge so the lid could sit on top of it.



10. Tried not to stretch this piece at all.



11. Top completed.

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Old 08-19-2014, 05:11 PM   #4
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Default Stainless Steel Door for CajunBandit.com

While the gaskets around the barrel sealed that section up, the door still leaked pretty bad and no amount of shaping by my clumsy hands was able to get it to seal. Enter the Stainless Steel replacement door from CajunBandit.com.

Since I had extra gasket leftover, I decided to seal the door as well. Some mount the gasket to the WSM barrel, but that usually ends up showing. I read where some put it on the inside of the door and decided that this looked better.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:20 PM   #5
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Default Replacement Compression Latch for the door

When you get the CajunBandit door, you use the original door latch handle that came with the WSM. Unfortunately, with this HEAVY door, and the added thickness from the gasket, that latch wasn't going to last long. Added the Southco Compression Latch that I got from Amazon.




This requires the hole from the original latch to be drill out a little larger using a Step Bit that I was able to get at Home Depot.

The latch also doesn't come with any directions. Someone found them. Page 6 is the latch linked above.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:31 PM   #6
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Terry would you be mad if i said "or" you could build a BPS UDS?

Seriously though they look like great mods for the WSM!
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:38 PM   #7
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Default Fire Basket

The coal grate and ring that comes with the WSM are great, but it would be nice to have a way to pick the whole thing up and shake the ashes off the partially used charcoal. A mod I saw showed how to create a "fire basket" with two handles just for that purpose. I later thought about it and decided if I put four such "handles" I could set my upper cooking grate on them and be able to direct grill over the charcoal.

I bought the following from Home Depot:

18.5 replacement coal grate
Stainless Steel Eye Bolts, nuts, flat and locking washers. (set of 4)
Stainless Steel Zip Ties

For health reasons, make sure to get Stainless Steel.

First, I laid the 18.5 coal grate on top of my existing grate, but rotated it 90* to create a cross hatch design. This will help keep small pieces of coal from falling through. I set the coal ring on top (fits perfectly with the 18.5 grate) and then using the stainless steel zip ties, attached all three together.



Note: Stainless Steel Zip Ties are tightened with a specialty tool. The following video shows how to tighten them with needle nose pliers:


Next, I installed my "handles" at the 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock positions through the grates.



When all done, it looks like this:



Throw the top cooking grate on it:



And I can cook on it like this:

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Old 08-19-2014, 05:48 PM   #8
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Default Pitmaster IQ 120 and Rainbox

The next item is not so much a mod, but more of something to be able to do an overnight cook and still get some sleep. I bought the Pitmaster IQ120. It works great for what I need. I don't use it all the time, just those long cooks when I may need to sleep or work while she's chugging along.

The IQ120 is not water proof, so I guess I did a mod by building a water proof box for it. Their tutorial video is here:


Mine turned out like this:



I will say, it was a pain cutting that hard plastic with just a razor blade knife. But, it works. Keeps my IQ120 dry and has enough room to put a couple little things like probe clamps in for storage.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:02 PM   #9
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Default Lid Hinge from Unknown BBQ

The most recent mod I did was to install the lid hinge from Unknown BBQ. I was leery of the strain that this would incur on the barrel, so I checked with others that had installed it and after months of use they could not detect any strain.

The hinge is heavy duty and will probably last as long as the WSM (forever!). It has a removable pin that allows the top to be taken off if needed. It requires six holes drilled into the WSM and it works great. No more looking for a place to set the lid.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:08 PM   #10
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Another non-mod, but something that makes my smoking easier is my Flame Thrower or Weed Burner from Harbor Freight that I use to light my coals. I started out using a chimney, but I saw all the sparks from that when I was doing a late night cook, and it scared the heck out of me. Texas is really dry and my old deck is even worse. Don't get me wrong, I know this has sparks too, but I can control the flame force and reduce it some...

Here's a shot of me using it to start my coals:

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Old 08-19-2014, 06:17 PM   #11
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The following is not a mod that I have done yet, but something I am seriously thinking about if I can find a friend or a place to do the manufacturing.

A fellow member here, Smokesignalsfromtx, created a set of tables that attach to the WSM via four replacement garage door handles mounted to the barrel of the WSM. You can see the initial build thread here.

His finished product:



FYI, Smoke said I should mention that the tables affected the stability of the WSM, so he made another mod to the bottom of it. You can find that here:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=194967
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Nice mods. I'm too lazy to do most of those. I have always want to fix the small pieces of charcoal falling through the holes in the grate, especially in the corners.

I hope you have a grill mat or something to protect your deck from stray embers
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Thanks Ninja. None of the mods took that much time on their own. The fire basket took me about 30 mins once I had all the parts, and I am not really mechanically inclined.

Yeah, I am very careful about underneath the pit. I keep looking, but haven't found a mat or set of stones I want to use yet. It is on my list and I look every time I go to Home Depot / Lowe's / Whatever.
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When you get the CajunBandit door, you use the original door latch handle that came with the WSM. Unfortunately, with this HEAVY door, and the added thickness from the gasket, that latch wasn't going to last long. Added the Southco Compression Latch that I got from Amazon.

Southco Inc SC-62315 Lift-and-Turn Compression Latch Grip Range .00 to .20 Pawl Forward - 1.77 to 2.16 Pawl Reversed, Southco Lift and Turn Latches: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

This requires the hole from the original latch to be drill out a little larger using a Step Bit that I was able to get at Home Depot.

The latch also doesn't come with any directions. Someone found them. Page 6 is the latch linked above.
If you purchase the Compression Latch set out above for the Cajun Bandit Door, the hole in the door must be enlarged from 1/2" to 5/8" using the Step Drill Bit. The latch is composed of numerous small pieces, is not assembled, and comes with no instructions. I was lost until Terry provided me with the above instructions in a PM. He also told me how much to enlarge the hole. I called Southco and was told that they did not have any instructions they could send me for assembling the latch. If Terry had not helped me out, I would not have been able to put it together. Everything works great once you know how to assemble it.
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Thanks AG. I can't take any credit as I got the instructions from someone on TVWBB. Glad I could pass them along.
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