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Cold weather smoking

Postby G8trwood » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:17 pm

Going to be doing a big cook Saturday morning, and it is going to be in the 20's overnight whch is really cold in Fla :D

Do folks do anything overnight, fire, heater etc to have there smoker up to temp quicker in the am? Or just stick a bunch of wood in her and fire it up!

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Re: Cold weather smoking

Postby k.a.m. » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:04 am

I preheat my cookers with my flame thrower. Start your cooker 1 to two hours early to get her acclimated to the colder temps.
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Re: Cold weather smoking

Postby G8trwood » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:27 am

I know sleep and bbq don't mix! I was trying to figure out a plan to avoid that 2hr early startup. I use a flame thrower also for the startup
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Re: Cold weather smoking

Postby bsooner75 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:34 am

Flame thrower aka weed burner from harbor freight


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Re: Cold weather smoking

Postby Txdragon » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:43 pm

^^^ what they said. I personally wouldn't know what sleep was if it jumped up and down waving its arms in my face, so I usually just start the fire a bit earlier. Lol!
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Re: Cold weather smoking

Postby G8trwood » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:46 am

Well started the cook and set a charcoal chimney inside while I had the weed burner on the charcoal basket and wood. Got up to temp in 1/2 hour . First time I had cooked on this smoker as I was helping a friend who usually only does chicken for his church. He told me the smoker was cold natured, i thought , nah.....first 4 hours smooth, then was really struggling to maintain 225 as the wind picked up. Welding blanket and later doubled fire size (it has a huge firebox) . Think I might have lost my good coal base burning sticks or who knows...

12 hours later, one brisket most excellent, one meh a little dry even though it was pulled way before the other. Will have to say that it was the first time I ever bought a brisket with patches of grey meay to slice out in trimming, they were the last two that the place had.
The butts could have used another hour but were still tasty. Normally on my smoker, which needs rebuilt) brisket takes me longer than buts.

So we had bbq a big bonfire and scotch, not a bad gathering. I'm not leaving the couch today.
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Re: Cold weather smoking

Postby G8trwood » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:48 am

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Re: Cold weather smoking

Postby OldUsedParts » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:01 am

:tup: :salut: :cheers:
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Re: Cold weather smoking

Postby rus_bro » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:33 pm

Thanks for posting, love the pix and what's better than being up all night naming a fire of a strange smoker.

Nicely done

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