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Baby Back Maniac
10-03-2011, 05:11 PM
Granted this is a rather small brisket and probably isn't using up too much energy from the charcoal, but I'm still amazed that homemade thing has been going for 8.5 hours @ around 235-240 on one load of charcoal.

Kicked it off and 7:30 this morning (it's after 4:00 here now) and only touched the vents once since then...
http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/9522/imagebncj.jpg
By hogsfan (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/hogsfan) at 2011-10-03

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/4151/imageaqf.jpg
By hogsfan (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/hogsfan) at 2011-10-03

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/4690/imagepti.jpg
By hogsfan (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/hogsfan) at 2011-10-03

I could have done an overnight-er and not run out of charcoal. Amazing how efficient these are.

Almost time to pull it, will try to upload pictures later if I get time...

Boshizzle
10-03-2011, 05:19 PM
Wow, that's awesome!

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=506&pictureid=4260

Smokey Al Gold
10-03-2011, 05:28 PM
Farking awesome! I'm gonna throw some thighs on mine after work today and try out my intake vent cover to prevent it clogging with ashes. Nice!

FamilyManBBQ
10-03-2011, 05:35 PM
Sweet! Love the mini cooks!!

Can't wait for some finished pics!!

OakPit
10-03-2011, 06:22 PM
Very cool. I've got to build one of these!

Baby Back Maniac
10-03-2011, 06:50 PM
Here's a finished pic.
http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/9350/imagevdr.jpg
By hogsfan (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/hogsfan) at 2011-10-03

So at this point, the smoker has been going for right around 10.5 hours on one load of charcoal and it's still running strong. There is a part of me that wants to know how long it will go but I just don't have time. Never dreamed it would run for this long.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
10-03-2011, 06:56 PM
That brisket looks like you nailed it! The mini looks great too :thumb:

Baby Back Maniac
10-03-2011, 07:05 PM
That brisket looks like you nailed it! The mini looks great too :thumb:

Thanks on both counts. The brisket turned out WAY better than I expected. I found it last night when I was cleaning out the freezer and it was vacuum sealed in mid 2009. That's a long time in a freezer. I decided it go ahead and smoke it with expectations it wouldn't be that good but I could use it for chili this winter. It actually turned out great.

Baby Back Maniac
10-03-2011, 07:38 PM
OK. So as luck would have it, I never got around to taking my maverick off the cooker. It's starting to wind down now. I think it has another 15 minutes or so till it drops below 200. So basically got roughly 11.5 hours out of the mini today on one load of charcoal. I never added anything or even looked at-much less stoked-- the coals.

Not bad.

tntjz3
10-03-2011, 07:54 PM
I'm going to have to build me one as well! Thanks for your post!

Smokey Al Gold
10-03-2011, 08:48 PM
Thats awesome! Im still learning mine imhaving a hard time maintaining temps with the sjs. I was avoiding making a basket but that might be the way to go for the sjs. Trying to hit 300 on a chicken cook and having a hard time

Steve W
10-03-2011, 10:29 PM
Thats awesome! Im still learning mine imhaving a hard time maintaining temps with the sjs. I was avoiding making a basket but that might be the way to go for the sjs. Trying to hit 300 on a chicken cook and having a hard time

I wish that I had that problem with my SJS mini. I use the minion method, where I dump about 10 coals in the middle of the charcoal ring, but after 3 or 4 hours, the temps just shoot up to 300 even with water in the clay tray. Great for chicken, though.

swamprb
10-03-2011, 11:34 PM
Just a heads up for those that are looking for even low temp cooking on the Mini's. I've played around with both the Smokey Joe Silver and the Gold and they both have their drawbacks, so I built a base that draws from my Mini UDS and it works very well for Low n' Slow smoking.

Smokey Joe Gold vent location.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/CajunBandit/IMG_2806.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/CajunBandit/IMG_3522.jpg

I used chrome hole plugs to cover the bottom vent, built a basket on the charcoal grate.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/CajunBandit/IMG_3510.jpg

Drilled three 3/4" intake vents and use magnets to regulate the draft.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/CajunBandit/IMG_3511.jpg

Use a stainless steel dog bowl for the waterpan/heat sink

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/CajunBandit/IMG_3512.jpg

Minion with the torch

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/CajunBandit/IMG_3515.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/CajunBandit/IMG_3524.jpg

Rock n Roll!

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/CajunBandit/IMG_3525.jpg

You won't get the ash build up that can clog the SJS, and with 3 intakes, you can get better control of the temps over the SJG vents.
I usually cook with one vent open and rotate the magnets so the briqs burn evenly. Smokey Joes are a dime a dozen!

Baby Back Maniac
10-03-2011, 11:38 PM
Really cool!

swamprb
10-03-2011, 11:39 PM
I have yet to see anyone mod the vintage SJS with the 3 daisy vents on the base and the small vent on the lid.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/Weber/IMG_3990.jpg

FamilyManBBQ
10-04-2011, 02:34 AM
I have yet to see anyone mod the vintage SJS with the 3 daisy vents on the base and the small vent on the lid.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/Weber/IMG_3990.jpg

I want one!! Almost had one of the SJ with three vents...will forever be the "one that got away"

jerneedog
10-04-2011, 07:00 AM
That is great! I can't wait to build my mini.