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BeerBQ
12-10-2015, 05:45 PM
I fired mine up and got it around 275, but it covered the bottom in ash after about 2 hours.

I had KBB piled up with a small hole in the middle for lit and a small pet food dish with holes to cover the bottom vents (its a SJS). It seems like no one else has this issue so quick. Is there anything I'm missing?

For reading, here are some pics of the last cook. Beef back ribs. Luckily it held 225ish for a while and they cooked in about 4 hours.
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Fwismoker
12-10-2015, 06:05 PM
I know someone that drilled holes and put in ball valves on the sides... In essence turning it into a sjg. That way you can also use the bottom vent as a supercharger so to speak for extra heat and for hotter grilling.

BeerBQ
12-10-2015, 06:19 PM
I know someone that drilled holes and put in ball valves on the sides... In essence turning it into a sjg. That way you can also use the bottom vent as a supercharger so to speak for extra heat and for hotter grilling.


That's a good idea. You could call it a sear handle!



When I was planning mine I looked at some of your posts on builds you'd done. :biggrin1:
How did you attach the ball valve? I've seen some people weld them, but I don't have that capability.

Decoy205
12-10-2015, 06:25 PM
You could also try lump of Stubbs briquettes they produce less ash in my experience.

Fwismoker
12-10-2015, 06:33 PM
That's a good idea. You could call it a sear handle!



When I was planning mine I looked at some of your posts on builds you'd done. :biggrin1:
How did you attach the ball valve? I've seen some people weld them, but I don't have that capability.


Lol yes you could call it a "sear handle" :biggrin1:

The ball valves i've done it a couple different ways. One is with spacer washers inside and the other is with conduit nuts inside and out.

Harbormaster
12-10-2015, 07:06 PM
Use something other than KBB.
Stubbs, Royal Oak Chefs Select, Coshell, lump.

swamprb
12-10-2015, 08:49 PM
I dinked around with a few different mods for the Mini SJS before I just drilled three 3/4" holes in the bowl at the grate level and used plugs to seal the bottom daisy wheel vent. The intake holes are regulated with ground magnets.

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

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

If you think about it the SJ's are more of a grilling/searing machine and not designed for long cooks. I've got a Mini UDS that can go for hours and never a worry, so it was an easy decision to drill into the bowl.

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

I was using a stainless steel dogfood bowl for the heat diverter.

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

Now using a 1/8" steel disc for the diverter.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/Weber/IMG_1285.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/Ugly%20Drum%20Smoker/Weber/IMG_1287.jpg



Then you can use whatever charcoal you like!

pjtexas1
12-10-2015, 09:06 PM
Anyone ever try making some kind of ash pan? I made my mini out of a Brinkman portable and it came with an ash pan. Never have an issue with ash. Just need to find the right size pan and put 3 or 4 bolts in the pan that extend out far enough to the side to hover over the intake but leave enough space to allow adequate airflow.

ebijack
12-11-2015, 04:01 AM
I believe your burning more coal because the tamale/diverter plate is restricting to much air/heat flow. You could add a lot more holes, cut much larger holes or use another cheap grate, I believe Brinkman has a cheap wire replacement. Then use a 9" aluminum pie pan covered in foil as diverter/drip pan for easy clean up.
Like Swamprb I added holes and welded on elbows and use magnets for temp adjustment. The ash will not build up enough to choke out the fire using a complete basket full. I added the elbows to keep any hot ash from ever rolling out an intake hole and causing problems.
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Fwismoker
12-11-2015, 10:10 AM
I used the tamale pot steamer plate as a diffuser for a long long time (before I melted it) lol ... whole different story. Anyways it let's plenty of air through with what comes with the pot. After I re-did the melted one with a stainless piece I used the tamale steamer as a template for the new one. The new holes might be a tad bigger though.


The OP is having issues with ash covering up his pet food bowl mod I believe. So anyways yea just give it side air and you're all set.

BeerBQ
12-11-2015, 04:03 PM
Lol yes you could call it a "sear handle" :biggrin1:

The ball valves i've done it a couple different ways. One is with spacer washers inside and the other is with conduit nuts inside and out.


I think this is what I'll go with. Can I just get the generic 1/2" ball valves at Lowes? They mentioned having something like .25% lead and that worried me a bit. One of those with a black iron bushing and a spacer washer that fits tight should get the job done.

Always good advice from a Fort Wayner! (Coming from a CLHS grad)

Fwismoker
12-11-2015, 04:27 PM
I think this is what I'll go with. Can I just get the generic 1/2" ball valves at Lowes? They mentioned having something like .25% lead and that worried me a bit. One of those with a black iron bushing and a spacer washer that fits tight should get the job done.

Always good advice from a Fort Wayner! (Coming from a CLHS grad)Ha! I'm not very far from Concordia! Attended lots of games at Zollner too.

Ball valves I always used 3/4 from Lowes but i like ebijacks version of side air also.