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tb80

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WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« on: February 02, 2016, 05:33:44 PM »
I bought a Weber Kettle Rotisserie recently. As you know, it won't fit on the WSM. I have an extra WSM middle section and was thinking about cutting grooves in it and modifying it so I can use the Kettle rotisserie kit on it. However, I am concerned that if I cut the grooves it will affect the WSM's ability to hold and maintain temps. Any thoughts?  Has anyone done a similar mod and if so how did it affect the WSM's performance, whether using the rotisserie or not?


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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 05:54:19 PM »
I have had my roti for about two months now and love it.  I love it so much it is permenantly attached to a kettle using the two screws and holes that came with the roti.  Yes I had to drill a couple holes in a kettle but this way I don't have to find a shelf for it, no worry of it slipping off the kettle in a cook.  I do not have a wsm but in my opinion since you can get a used kettle for much cheaper then a wsm I would pick up a used kettle and do what I did.  You won't regret it plus I think you'll end up using it more due to less hassle. 

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tb80

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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2016, 06:18:50 PM »
@lumpy coal - thanks for the input. I actually have a kettle that I am using the rotisserie on. However, I also have a WSM and was just trying to think of ways I could use the rotisserie on the WSM.


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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2016, 06:39:28 PM »
If I had an extra middle section I would give it a try. I don't think you will have any problems and if you do, there are ways to plug up the holes you put in.


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tb80

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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2016, 06:55:51 PM »
May be worth giving it a shot. I just hate to do anything that could cause permanent damage.


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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2016, 09:27:32 PM »
I bought a Weber Kettle Rotisserie recently. As you know, it won't fit on the WSM. I have an extra WSM middle section and was thinking about cutting grooves in it and modifying it so I can use the Kettle rotisserie kit on it. However, I am concerned that if I cut the grooves it will affect the WSM's ability to hold and maintain temps. Any thoughts?  Has anyone done a similar mod and if so how did it affect the WSM's performance, whether using the rotisserie or not?

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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016, 03:12:00 AM »
If you have an extra center section I say make a WSM rotisserie and go for it! I did and never looked back (until I got the Cajun Bandit rings!)  Keep the ring for your kettle-you can never have TOO MANY rotisseries!



I cook on: Backwoods Gater, Lang 36, Hunsaker Smokers, Pellet Pro 22" WSM, BGE's, WSM's, Cajun Bandits, PK Grills, Drum Smokers, Genesis Silver C, Weber Q's, Cookshack 008, Little Chief, La Caja China #2, Lodge Sportsman...oh yeah! Weber Kettles! Kamado restoration and pit modification hack!

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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2016, 04:16:34 AM »
Personally I don't understand the ribolator especially in cases where there is not real direct heat.

Roto a chicken or turkey with a basket on one side of the kettle makes sense to me, this, not so much.  Not being critical, just observing and asking.
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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2016, 04:30:57 AM »

If you have an extra center section I say make a WSM rotisserie and go for it! I did and never looked back (until I got the Cajun Bandit rings!)  Keep the ring for your kettle-you can never have TOO MANY rotisseries!





That is exactly what I was thinking about doing. How does the WSM work when you aren't using the rotisserie. Does it still hold temp as well with the holes cut? Any negative effects?


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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2016, 04:57:53 AM »
Personally I don't understand the ribolator especially in cases where there is not real direct heat.

Roto a chicken or turkey with a basket on one side of the kettle makes sense to me, this, not so much.  Not being critical, just observing and asking.

I use the ROL and all my other rigs direct on Drums, its my preferred method to roll.



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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2016, 05:15:49 AM »

If you have an extra center section I say make a WSM rotisserie and go for it! I did and never looked back (until I got the Cajun Bandit rings!)  Keep the ring for your kettle-you can never have TOO MANY rotisseries!





That is exactly what I was thinking about doing. How does the WSM work when you aren't using the rotisserie. Does it still hold temp as well with the holes cut? Any negative effects?


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I was only using it as a rotisserie ring. I usually went for grilling temps, but 275* was easy to maintain. And I was cooking indirect with the pan.

« Last Edit: February 03, 2016, 05:18:47 AM by swamprb »
I cook on: Backwoods Gater, Lang 36, Hunsaker Smokers, Pellet Pro 22" WSM, BGE's, WSM's, Cajun Bandits, PK Grills, Drum Smokers, Genesis Silver C, Weber Q's, Cookshack 008, Little Chief, La Caja China #2, Lodge Sportsman...oh yeah! Weber Kettles! Kamado restoration and pit modification hack!

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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2016, 09:29:51 AM »
I have a Cajun Bandit ring that can be used on the kettle or flipped for the WSM or you can just get the WSM ring.
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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2016, 02:01:51 PM »
@tb80, if I had the extra center section, I'd probably go ahead and set it up like @swamprb (nice setup, BTW!) has his.

Don't worry, a couple of holes here or there should not be a problem.  Even it they became a problem, you could easily get a couple of small pieces of sheet metal that you could put together with wingnuts to cover the holes.





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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2016, 02:32:16 PM »

I have a Cajun Bandit ring that can be used on the kettle or flipped for the WSM or you can just get the WSM ring.
How do you like it? I am considering getting one. Is the motor and spit up to par with the weber version?


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Re: WSM Question Regarding Modifying the Middle for a Rotisserie
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2016, 03:17:51 PM »

I have a Cajun Bandit ring that can be used on the kettle or flipped for the WSM or you can just get the WSM ring.


How do you like it? I am considering getting one. Is the motor and spit up to par with the weber version?


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When you order the reversible Cajun Bandit Ring get an extra motor mount so you can have 2, one for kettles and the other for WSM's on the same ring-no muss, no fuss!

It is far and away a much better quality ring than the Weber's!




« Last Edit: February 03, 2016, 03:20:51 PM by swamprb »
I cook on: Backwoods Gater, Lang 36, Hunsaker Smokers, Pellet Pro 22" WSM, BGE's, WSM's, Cajun Bandits, PK Grills, Drum Smokers, Genesis Silver C, Weber Q's, Cookshack 008, Little Chief, La Caja China #2, Lodge Sportsman...oh yeah! Weber Kettles! Kamado restoration and pit modification hack!