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    possible to create mini with limited tools?


    I'm embarrassingly unprepared to embark on one of these builds. I have screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, a hammer and a drill. Seems like I have to cut the bottom out of a pot? also, how do these cook vs a wsm?


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    TVWBB Olympian ChuckO's Avatar
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    I just drilled holes in the bottom of my mini, so if you have a drill, you're good to go (assuming you can find a pot that fits)
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    I used a harbor freight grinder with a cutoff disc to cut the bottom out. Other than that, drill, screwdriver, pliers.

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    I would recommend cutting the bottom out, especially if you want to do some high temp smoking too.

    Use whatever you have. The aluminum is really easy to cut. I use my jigsaw with a metal blade. Before that I used tin snips on one. With a large enough pilot hole you could take the blade from a hack saw, wrap duct tape for a handle on one end and use just the blade as a hand saw. You could do the same with a metal sawzall blade. Drill a bunch of holes along the perimeter of the cut out, not as pretty but the fire doesn't care!
    14.5" WSM, (4) Mini-wsms, Mini-Za Oven, Minitisserie, GOSM Big Block, 1967 Casa Q

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    Yea, you could just drill a lot of very close holes and then use snips or whatever to cut the remaining metal. But this is a good reason to up your tool collection. Get a grinder of some sort as they can be used for other things like making a coal basket.
    but please use safety equipment such as a face shield, etc.

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