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jketron 02-23-2013 07:55 PM

First Comp test run at home
I'm doing my test run tonight, going to make notes of all my times and stuff I needed that I dont have ready for the a comp.

I have a smoker question and weather. I want to insulate my 22 WSM, I bought a water heater jacket (fiberglass with a white plastic film on the outside), will this jacket work, is it dangerous? anyone make a nice one already?

jketron 02-23-2013 07:57 PM

it will be in the 40's overnight

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 02-23-2013 08:05 PM

WSMs cook quite comfortably in the 40s. Wind protection is way more important.

tyotrain 02-23-2013 08:09 PM

First Comp test run at home
I cook on a WSM here in upstate ny and it gets cold in the winter I have never put a jacket on it and I have smoked in below zero weather. I do use a guru. I also would agree wind protection is way more important. Good luck with your smoke.

Have fun and happy smoking

jketron 02-23-2013 08:18 PM

No wind tonight, I was thinking the jacket would help the fuel go a little longer. I'm going to go without a jacket tonight

Stoke&Smoke 02-23-2013 08:40 PM

Re: First Comp test run at home
It'll be fine. But understand whatever you do in those conditions will take a lot less time in more favorable conditions. Hope it goes well

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jketron 02-23-2013 08:47 PM

I've got all my meat trimmed and ready. I'm going to match the turn in times. I'm thinking to start my brisket at 3:30am. I'll fire up the smoker at about 2:30am. Its primed and ready waiting to be lit

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 02-23-2013 08:53 PM

You will use a bit more fuel but the time should be about the same. Good luck tonight.

ibrisky 02-23-2013 08:57 PM

As others have said, wind is the main thing to watch with WSM' will purr along with temps in the 40's.

I have a couple of welders blankets that do a good job blocking the wind (I wrap them around and use a heavy clip to fasten them at the top so that the top vent can still breath). That said, I only had to wrap them twice last year out of 30 comps. I probably should have wrapped them a couple of other times but I just turned them into stick burners when the fuel got low....

jketron 02-23-2013 08:57 PM

I've filler her up a little extra tonight, I'd rather waste a little coal than re-fuel and the 22 is HUNGRY!

jketron 02-23-2013 09:02 PM

How are you cleaning up in between meat trimming? hot water and a new disposable cutting board?

Ron_L 02-23-2013 09:07 PM

I trim everything at home before the comp so I don't have to worry about that at the comp.

Rich Parker 02-23-2013 10:03 PM

Re: First Comp test run at home
40 degrees is warm that pit doesn't need a blanky.

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Funtimebbq 02-23-2013 10:21 PM

Be careful to avoid having the water heater blanket touch the sides of the WSM. I still have melted insulation on the outside of my 22. Switched to the Guru WSM silicone cover for all my cooks regardless of outside temp. It helps me avoid reloading even starting at 7 pm for a normal 1 pm turn-in for pork.
Starting at 3:30 am for brisket works in hot/fast cooking. Is that what you are doing? Are you cooking flats or packers? I'm doing a practice tonight also but mybrisket and butts are going on at 10 pm.

jketron 02-23-2013 10:49 PM

I'm doing a full packer 14lb, 275 degrees.

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