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bigssa

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Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« on: December 03, 2017, 08:32:54 AM »
A recent post about fitting a brisket on an 18” Kettle made me think how well would a 22” Kettle bowl (sand legs and sweepers) would fit on top of the 18” WSM. I have no doubt that it would fit on top when the top grate is removed from the WSM, but I am more curious about how is the seal between the kettle and the midsection of the WSM? And then the other question is how well does the heat transfer to Kettle? Can you get to 225-250 degrees in the bowl?

Love to hear from anybody who has done this.

LightningBoldtz

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 02:28:46 AM »
Yes, I did this, it works great especially for that brisket that is just too big for the 18 WSM.

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LightningBoldtz

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 02:34:03 AM »
you were asking about the seal, check out the photo in this thread

http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/wsm-weber-smokey-mountain/solving-2-problems-by-creating-fsm/msg281847/#msg281847

I used nomex at the base to seal it.
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HoosierKettle

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 03:28:24 AM »
Lb, that looks like it worked great. I too would like to utilize this method at some point.


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swamprb

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2017, 04:34:47 AM »


I chop kettles and they get used mostly on drums but the are compatible with 14” & 18"” WSM’s


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HoosierKettle

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 04:52:19 AM »
Couldn’t a one touch kettle be nested without cutting the bottom out?  Just curious.


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LightningBoldtz

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 05:00:53 AM »
Couldn’t a one touch kettle be nested without cutting the bottom out?  Just curious.


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Probably but my kettle was so roached it decided to cut it and get max airflow.
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bigssa

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2017, 03:00:23 PM »
Yes, I did this, it works great especially for that brisket that is just too big for the 18 WSM.

http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/wsm-weber-smokey-mountain/solving-2-problems-by-creating-fsm/
That’s exactly what I was looking for. I am going to try and find a beat up Kettle online and make this mod.

Thanks everyone for the replies and photos. Love seeing everyone’s ideas and innovations.

Hell Fire Grill

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 07:17:05 AM »
I used mine to smoke a couple loads of salmon, ~125* for a while.



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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 07:29:55 AM »
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Lumpy Coal

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2017, 06:28:16 PM »
I’m thrilled that my stacker mod is still being shared!  Thanks for the mention Mac. It worked great and was fun to do.  I haven’t been on here much for a while but thought I’d say hi and I will try to show my face around here more often.  Hope everyone is well.

Hinds90

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2017, 11:43:53 AM »
Lol @Lumpy Coal I shared your kettle stacker photo and thread in the kettle section earlier today to someone who was interested in the cajun bandit stacker. I don't see a reason to get the Cajun bandit stacker at 200$ when you could find a used kettle for 30$ ( if money is no issue spend away lol).
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 11:53:08 AM by Hinds90 »

Lumpy Coal

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Re: Has anybody expanded their 18” WSM with a 22” Kettle?
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2017, 01:40:14 PM »
I fully agree. 


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