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Unread 12-29-2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default New Mini under way...

Well, my local repair shop gave me a 16-gallon drum for free. Had to buy the Smokey Joe. Bought some aluminum flat bar to make sturdier legs for the mini. I am taking the lid (which snaps on tight to the Smokey Joe) and adjusting it for a snug fit; then I'll leave a 1/2" inside edge to the cover and the barrel will sit snuggly inside the lid.

Right now, I just have everybody'f favorite...FIRE!:



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Unread 12-30-2010, 06:04 PM   #2
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Here's an update.

This was a lot of fun to crank out the last two days. Considering that I picked up the barrel yesterday, not bad that it's ready to cook today.

Here's the barrel with the Rutland rope around the bottom edge:



WHile that was drying, I cured the paint on the 3/8" rim to support the barrel inside the bottom of the Smokey Joe:



Here's the little one warming up:



And...a close-up of the rope in action:



My B-I-L and I are fabricating sturdier legs from aluminum bar this weekend.

Whew!
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Interesting build... I like it.
Ya know if you used the old lid as the bottom it would be shorter and just as easy to clean without being as top heavy.
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Looks good!!!
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Thanks, Doc. I did consider that. With this working like a WSM (somewhat), I'm feeling pretty good about the cleaning. The old lid snapped on to the SJ bottom to give me that 3/8" lip.
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I was crooked, not the smoker.
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I'm a newb, but that little unit looks "highly functional" to me.

More ideas for me. Thanks!
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That there is one tall mini!! I like it!

Is your plan to use two cooking racks uds-style? Any thought toward adding a diffuser/water pan?
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Nice! You are gonna love cooking on a Mini!

Waiting to see the leg mod, the SJS legs are gonna be too flimsy for the height and weight of any meats as is.

I have another barrel that I was thinking of donating to the cause, except instead of removing the bottom, I was planning to cut it at the rib, so it would seat into the Smokey Joe. Then use the remaining cylinder for a rotisserie ring....hey, its how I roll!
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Nice! You are gonna love cooking on a Mini!

Waiting to see the leg mod, the SJS legs are gonna be too flimsy for the height and weight of any meats as is.

I have another barrel that I was thinking of donating to the cause, except instead of removing the bottom, I was planning to cut it at the rib, so it would seat into the Smokey Joe. Then use the remaining cylinder for a rotisserie ring....hey, its how I roll!
rib-o-lating on a mini!!
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Nice! You are gonna love cooking on a Mini!

Waiting to see the leg mod, the SJS legs are gonna be too flimsy for the height and weight of any meats as is.

I have another barrel that I was thinking of donating to the cause, except instead of removing the bottom, I was planning to cut it at the rib, so it would seat into the Smokey Joe. Then use the remaining cylinder for a rotisserie ring....hey, its how I roll!
exactly what i wanna do for my mini...
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very interesting, I got a smokey Joe that is just to small for anything, it would be perfect for this project.

thanks for sharing!
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That there is one tall mini!! I like it!

Is your plan to use two cooking racks uds-style? Any thought toward adding a diffuser/water pan?
Yes, it does have two racks. Since I don't anticipate too many overnight smokes at the camper (the wife won't let me put a 55 gallon smoker on the trailer deck), I will use smaller charcoal loads, so I am less concerned about the 24" rule. I anticipate room for ABTs, MOINK balls, fatties, smaller butts (the WSM style will allow quick reloading of lump if needed), ribs, chicken.

I kept the original SJ air intake wheel, so I have to play with it to dial in temps.
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Nice! You are gonna love cooking on a Mini!

Waiting to see the leg mod, the SJS legs are gonna be too flimsy for the height and weight of any meats as is.

I have another barrel that I was thinking of donating to the cause, except instead of removing the bottom, I was planning to cut it at the rib, so it would seat into the Smokey Joe. Then use the remaining cylinder for a rotisserie ring....hey, its how I roll!
Here is the mod I am basing mine off of: http://home.comcast.net/~day_trippr/smoker_mods.htm. I won't add height, but I do intend to use sturdier material for the legs. My B-I-L designs utility trailers, so I'm sure he'll tweak something somewhere.
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After we mod the legs, I will of course have to reward my brother with MOINK balls or a fatty in a quick test smoke.
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