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    OTS to WSM Conversion? Pot Choices?

    Does anyone have a simple tutorial of this? I just scored a 18" OTS for cheap and wanted to convert it to a smoker. Looks like the information is sparsed and not a definitive go to pot?

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    Just order a middle section from Weber. It will fit and look right. Well, “right” is relative. The diameter is going to be right.
    Does that help or, am I missing something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat W View Post
    Does anyone have a simple tutorial of this? I just scored a 18" OTS for cheap and wanted to convert it to a smoker. Looks like the information is sparsed and not a definitive go to pot?
    I have a used mid section, no door, that you can have for free, you would just need to pay for shipping.

    I was doing what you are attempting to do. The mid section will fit in the bowl without a problem. Your issue will be the lid. Kettle lids are designed to fit over the outside lip of a kettle bowl. The WSM lid fits inside the lip of the middle section. So a kettle lid just sits on top of the middle section, doesn’t really seal it up.

    I ended up finding a WSM lid for it, and the same guy who had the lid had a bowl, so i bought both from him for $40, and another smoker had a brand new mid section, so I ended up building my own true WSM from donated, cheap parts for about $80, I had to buy the legs. Be patient and you will find a part here or there on these board, the Weber Kettle Club, and the WSM page on Facebook.

    Good luck
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    Thanks for the information, it also looks like a 30g drum would work from my internet searches. But then i might as well just make an UDS...

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