One of my readers (Steve) reached out to me to ask some questions about building a Mini WSM and I told him once he was finished with the project to send me some pictures and I’d post them on the blog. Let me say one thing first: I absolutely can’t stand LSU (I bleed Orange and Blue) and think purple and gold are the ugliest colors on earth (are you sensing some bent up frustration I have from recent years between UF and LSU…). Now that we’ve got that out of the way, this Mini looks amazing and was very well done, better than my Gator Mini WSM if you ask me. Here are a couple comments Steve added for this project:
- I used Dupli Color (brand), Metalcast (type) paint. Purple, Gold, and Silver ( I had to paint silver under the purple, on top of the gold because this paint is very translucent and if I went with just purple on top of the gold it came out exactly like Mississippi State colors…and we both know we can’t have that). This paint is supposed to give shiny metals an anodized effect, and rated for 500 deg.
- I should have taken pictures, but I kind of did the stencil backwards…for the LSU, it was easy. I cut out LSU on a manila folder and taped it to the pot, then right on the inside of the edge of the manila folder I masked with one strip of 1/8” tape for the outline for LSU. Now the Tigers was a little tricky because of the curves. What I ended up doing was laying a square matt of blue painters tape on the slick side of wax paper large enough for the Tigers portion of the logo. Then I put a print out of the logo on top of the blue tape and cut out with an exacto knife all the way thru the wax paper. Basically I made my own sticker, then when ready peeled the wax paper off the back and placed it on top of the LSU after the pot was painted gold of course.
For anyone out there thinking of attempting a Mini and want to do a logo like this LSU Mini or my Gator Mini, just make sure you take your time and do it right and get all the tape down right or you’ll easily mess it up while painting. Again, great looking Mini you’ve got there Steve!
Update 12/4/12 – Steve contacted me to let me know that the weight of the terracotta pan he was using for his heat diffuser/deflector started to make the hex bolts sag and warp the pot where they were attached. I’ve had this same issue on my Mini WSM. Steve ended up running a piece of all thread through the bottom to provide additional support, as seen below in the pics he sent me. On mine, all I’ve done is switch from using a terracotta pan to a lightweight aluminum pizza pan and that doesn’t seem to effect the hex bolts anymore.