WSM mods - BBQ Central

Go Back   BBQ Central > General > BBQ Pit Mods
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-15-2006, 09:35 PM   #1
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
WSM mods

A few WSM mods. Sorry about the pics that are sideways.
__________________

__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2006, 10:26 PM   #2
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Bruce B's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Utica, MI
Posts: 6,758
You ever gonna cook on that thing or just keep adding stuff to it? [-o< [-o< [-o<
__________________

__________________
Bruce
Treasurer, Great Lakes BBQAssociation
www.glbbqa.com
Rubbed, Smoked, and Sauced Competition BBQ Team-
22 1/2" WSM, 2 18 1/2" WSM's, 22 1/2" Weber Kettle
Bruce B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 03:50 AM   #3
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce B
You ever gonna cook on that thing or just keep adding stuff to it? [-o< [-o< [-o<
Just cooking on the old one so far. Haven't needed volume yet. One is supposed to be in NC and the other in SC, but both are here right now.

"Pimp MY PIT"
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 03:52 AM   #4
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1044
Looks good. I want to do some of the same to my two. Wadja do your drilling with?
The big holes were done with a 'step' drill. The smaller holes with std drill bits. All locations taped with masking tape and the pilot holes drilled before drilling the correct size holes.
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 06:05 AM   #5
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Bruce B's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Utica, MI
Posts: 6,758
Finn,

Did you drill an additional hole for your Guru? Can't they be installed in one of the vent holes or do you have to drill the hole for it?
__________________
Bruce
Treasurer, Great Lakes BBQAssociation
www.glbbqa.com
Rubbed, Smoked, and Sauced Competition BBQ Team-
22 1/2" WSM, 2 18 1/2" WSM's, 22 1/2" Weber Kettle
Bruce B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 06:20 AM   #6
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce B
Finn,

Did you drill an additional hole for your Guru? Can't they be installed in one of the vent holes or do you have to drill the hole for it?
Yeah, I drilled a hole for it. You can mount it at one of the dampers, which I did on the old one (I've since drilled a new hole in that one too), but that makes that damper to where it can only be either closed or essentially 1/3 open. I don't use the Guru for every cook... Not even 1/2 my cooks. This way I have all the vent dampers useable for my non-Guru cooks.

I talked with BBQ Fred before I did it, and he thought it was a good idea for me to do it. Said that the reason they tell people to use the damper is they didn't want to make people drill holes in their WSMs.
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 07:15 AM   #7
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Bruce B's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Utica, MI
Posts: 6,758
How big of a hole did you have to drill for the Guru?
__________________
Bruce
Treasurer, Great Lakes BBQAssociation
www.glbbqa.com
Rubbed, Smoked, and Sauced Competition BBQ Team-
22 1/2" WSM, 2 18 1/2" WSM's, 22 1/2" Weber Kettle
Bruce B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 07:35 AM   #8
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce B
How big of a hole did you have to drill for the Guru?
3/4" dia That was the largest size on my step drill. I could have gone to 1", but 3/4" is much larger than the exsisting damper hole.


Drilling a hole in the kettle soon to mount a Guru adapter on it. Great for long indirect cooks.
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 10:58 AM   #9
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff E
Nice post Finney. I like the idea of drilling a hole for the Guru so the original dampers are all still functional. I may have to do that myself.
Where are you going to drill the hole in your kettle for the Guru adapter?
Also, I'm glad to hear that you haven't actually cooked with the WSM in the pictures. It's much shinier than mine. :biggrin:
Well I talked with Fred about that and he said that as long as the adapter was mounted above the charcoal grate, it could go almost anywhere. My plan is to mount it on one of the sides, probably the same side that has lever for the ash catcher. Not exactly sure yet, that's why I didn't do it when I did the WSM.
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 03:39 PM   #10
Moderator
 
Nick Prochilo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Long Island, N.Y.
Posts: 16,367
Uhmmmm, am I to assume the Chris finally bought a digital camera???? I liked your mods Chris, especially the handles added to the sides of the mid section.
__________________
I hope this isn't negative!
Nick Prochilo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 05:15 PM   #11
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
The tape does help. I tape both the inside and outside surfaces. Actually, I tape the outside and mark the location. Then I drill my pilot hole and tape the inside location using the hole to located it.

The step drill 'cuts' pretty clean. I have to get out the pliers to pull a little sliver of metal off the hole when I drill the big ones, but the coating on the WSM is fine.

And I told you guys wrong before... the Guru adapter hole is 7/8", not 3/4".
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 05:18 PM   #12
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick Prochilo
Uhmmmm, am I to assume the Chris finally bought a digital camera???? I liked your mods Chris, especially the handles added to the sides of the mid section.
You would be correct in that assumption, Mr Prochilo.

Thanks, the handles are for sale in my online catalog. (just kidding) 8-[
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 07:35 PM   #13
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Puff's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Warren, Mi.
Posts: 12,331
If you guys don't mind i'll just sit back & op:
I'm really learning alot 8-[
__________________
Pitboss/ Sous Chef/ Manager at Holiday Market Smokehouse
Royal Oak Mi.
Puff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 08:28 PM   #14
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
Learning?
From us?
#-o
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2006, 08:43 PM   #15
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Puff's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Warren, Mi.
Posts: 12,331
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finney
Learning?
From us?
#-o
Believe it or not
Hell yea
__________________
Pitboss/ Sous Chef/ Manager at Holiday Market Smokehouse
Royal Oak Mi.
Puff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2006, 10:14 AM   #16
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Finney's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Savannah, GA and Somewhere near Lexington, NC
Posts: 8,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by brian j
looks good chris. the only mods i've made to my wsm are adding a lid thermometer and putting in one eyelet bought from the guru. did you use guru eyelets or make your own?
I used the Guru eyelets, but added a stainless washer to each side of the WSM metal to take up some of the thickness because I didn't put the eyelets through the cooking grate brkts. I could have just done it inside, but I liked the way it looked on the outside.
__________________
Chris

"Of all the imaginary friends I've had, I don't think there was one that I didn't end up having to kill."

in seach of Umami
Finney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2006, 08:23 PM   #17
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finney
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff E
Nice post Finney. I like the idea of drilling a hole for the Guru so the original dampers are all still functional. I may have to do that myself.
Where are you going to drill the hole in your kettle for the Guru adapter?
Also, I'm glad to hear that you haven't actually cooked with the WSM in the pictures. It's much shinier than mine. :biggrin:
Well I talked with Fred about that and he said that as long as the adapter was mounted above the charcoal grate, it could go almost anywhere. My plan is to mount it on one of the sides, probably the same side that has lever for the ash catcher. Not exactly sure yet, that's why I didn't do it when I did the WSM.
Chris, I'm curious about the "above the charcoal grate" reference Fred made ~ Can you elaborate?

Tks, Bill
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2006, 06:44 PM   #18
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
[quote=The Joker]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finney
Quote:
Originally Posted by "Jeff E":1aquwh5a
Nice post Finney. I like the idea of drilling a hole for the Guru so the original dampers are all still functional. I may have to do that myself.
Where are you going to drill the hole in your kettle for the Guru adapter?
Also, I'm glad to hear that you haven't actually cooked with the WSM in the pictures. It's much shinier than mine. :biggrin:
Well I talked with Fred about that and he said that as long as the adapter was mounted above the charcoal grate, it could go almost anywhere. My plan is to mount it on one of the sides, probably the same side that has lever for the ash catcher. Not exactly sure yet, that's why I didn't do it when I did the WSM.
Chris, I'm curious about the "above the charcoal grate" reference Fred made ~ Can you elaborate?

Tks, Bill[/quote:1aquwh5a]
Well, I’m guessing it’s because the grate and/or charcoal on the grate would help disperse the airflow from the adapter thus creating air currents throughout the kettle but since I can’t get the answer here, which doesn’t surprise me in the least, I’ll call Fred or Bob at the BBQ Guru tomorrow morning to get the details.

Thanks anyway…
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2006, 06:56 PM   #19
Official BBQ Central Mark
 
Puff's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Warren, Mi.
Posts: 12,331
[quote=The Joker][quote="The Joker":a487kj5c]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finney
Quote:
Originally Posted by "Jeff E":a487kj5c
Nice post Finney. I like the idea of drilling a hole for the Guru so the original dampers are all still functional. I may have to do that myself.
Where are you going to drill the hole in your kettle for the Guru adapter?
Also, I'm glad to hear that you haven't actually cooked with the WSM in the pictures. It's much shinier than mine. :biggrin:
Well I talked with Fred about that and he said that as long as the adapter was mounted above the charcoal grate, it could go almost anywhere. My plan is to mount it on one of the sides, probably the same side that has lever for the ash catcher. Not exactly sure yet, that's why I didn't do it when I did the WSM.
Chris, I'm curious about the "above the charcoal grate" reference Fred made ~ Can you elaborate?

Tks, Bill[/quote:a487kj5c]
Well, I’m guessing it’s because the grate and/or charcoal on the grate would help disperse the airflow from the adapter thus creating air currents throughout the kettle but since I can’t get the answer here, which doesn’t surprise me in the least, I’ll call Fred or Bob at the BBQ Guru tomorrow morning to get the details.

Thanks anyway…[/quote:a487kj5c]
What do you mean you can't get the answer here
The amount of info I have learned here is amazing
Maybe you should dig a little deeper
__________________
Pitboss/ Sous Chef/ Manager at Holiday Market Smokehouse
Royal Oak Mi.
Puff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2006, 07:07 PM   #20
Moderator
 
Nick Prochilo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Long Island, N.Y.
Posts: 16,367
[quote=Puff][quote=The Joker]
Quote:
Originally Posted by "The Joker":t7ulemr8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finney
Quote:
Originally Posted by "Jeff E":t7ulemr8
Nice post Finney. I like the idea of drilling a hole for the Guru so the original dampers are all still functional. I may have to do that myself.
Where are you going to drill the hole in your kettle for the Guru adapter?
Also, I'm glad to hear that you haven't actually cooked with the WSM in the pictures. It's much shinier than mine. :biggrin:
Well I talked with Fred about that and he said that as long as the adapter was mounted above the charcoal grate, it could go almost anywhere. My plan is to mount it on one of the sides, probably the same side that has lever for the ash catcher. Not exactly sure yet, that's why I didn't do it when I did the WSM.
Chris, I'm curious about the "above the charcoal grate" reference Fred made ~ Can you elaborate?

Tks, Bill
Well, I’m guessing it’s because the grate and/or charcoal on the grate would help disperse the airflow from the adapter thus creating air currents throughout the kettle but since I can’t get the answer here, which doesn’t surprise me in the least, I’ll call Fred or Bob at the BBQ Guru tomorrow morning to get the details.

Thanks anyway…[/quote:t7ulemr8]
What do you mean you can't get the answer here
The amount of info I have learned here is amazing
Maybe you should dig a little deeper [/quote:t7ulemr8]

And deeper & deeper &..........
__________________

__________________
I hope this isn't negative!
Nick Prochilo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off







Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×