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CircleW 11-19-2012 03:30 PM

Stoker performance issue in sub freezing weather
Just wanted to see if anyone has had similar problems with their stoker.

Started up the fire at about 4am Sunday; ambient temps were in the high teens. The stoker kept starting up and then shutting down... over and over again. :shock: I had to stoke the fire the old fashioned way.:clap: I kept trying to get it working for the next couple hours, occasionally turning it on to see if it was working but no luck. It wasn't until around 9am or so the outside temp was around 34 degrees by then, and it started working! I don't recall ever having this problem before... not that I make a habit of cooking in such cold weather... but this sure seems odd to me. Any thoughts?

JS-TX 11-19-2012 04:01 PM

Never have that problem here in South Texas!:cool:

Maybe try putting your stoker in a plastic box on top of a heater pad.

RX2006JE 11-19-2012 05:15 PM

I have not had that issue with mine either and i have cooked in sub freezing weather. But mine also stays close enough to the smoking chamber in my offset that it can stay semi warm

pwa 11-19-2012 07:48 PM

I use mine year round even at -50F, but I have converted a cooler to a Stoker warmer when it get cold. But I've used mine in the teens with out the warm and never had a problem.

CircleW 11-19-2012 08:50 PM

Hmmm... I keep mine in an enclosure also but it isn't heated. I suppose I could just chalk this up to bad luck and do some testing next time the mercury dips... I did manage to get the cook finished so no harm done this time. Thanks for the feedback.

pwa 11-19-2012 08:54 PM

Toss in a heating pad thats what I use then fill in void with old scrap towels.

Funtimebbq 11-20-2012 09:43 AM

What about the electrical cord? Should the cord and voltage regulator be better insulated?

CircleW 11-20-2012 08:43 PM

I may try the heating pad for those super cold cooks... Heck, and I have a power strip in there already. I :loco:

The power strip always had power so I don't think it was the cord... I will keep that in mind though. I think we may be in the 20's this weekend so I will do some experimenting then. Thanks for the replies!

Pitmaster T 11-21-2012 12:13 PM

Addressed in the first test after the stoker disaster of 2007.

Pitmaster T 11-21-2012 12:16 PM

these tests were done in connecticut

lost disaster tests and 66K hit coal test are here...

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