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Thread: A few mods to the 22.5 WSM

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    TVWBB 1-Star Olympian Jim Lampe's Avatar
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    Found a nice 22.5" WSM on Craigs List last week...
    I wanted to add a few things to it...here's where I'm at:
    Started with Glenn W's version of the 3-in-1 Charcoal Grate Modification without welding.

    Added wheels


    After I was done with the wheels, I noticed the center section was out of round... I gently tried to "reshape" it and this is the best I came up with...

    you can slip an American 10 coin in this slot. It's no big deal, I'm not gonna sweat it. The rest of it is darn tight.

    I bought the CajunBandit Stainless Steel excess door (the original aluminum door was pretty much beat to heck)

    Also added Russ Turner's Lid Hanger & Retaining Ring design.



    I'll be adding side handles to the mid-section and some sort of handles to the lower cooking grate.
    All these mods I did to my 18.5"WSM with the exception of Russ's lid hanger. I will now do that to the smaller cooker.
    I wonder if a larger than 55 gallon plastic bag is available... the 55 gal bag is a bit too tight.

    Then, of course, with side handles on this large WSM, the original cover will not fit, will hafta order from Weber the 26" kettle cover.
    I'll post here photos of the side handles later.
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    Nice Jim! They make 60 gallon bags.
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    thanks Chuck x2
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    No prob Jim. Not sure what store you have out there but my father-in-law had 60 gallon bags. I'll check to see if he has any left so you don't need to buy a box.
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    Jim,

    Where did you purchase those wheels from?

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    'sok Chuck, Thanks, I can get a larger bag from work.
    John, the wheels were bought at Menards, a local home improvement chain.
    You can find them at Home Depot or Lowe's or your local Ace.
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    Ok cool no problem Jim. That's good because he didn't have any more 60s lol.
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    Nice work Jim, you are gonna love the room! I highly reccomend the middle grate mod for doing more than 3 racks o ribs!
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    handles added to the mid-section.


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    That looks great Jim!
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