Get a Big Green Egg and it won't matter what it is doing outside because it holds the temps without a hinder.
Ditto on the sugar! Rub the ribs with EVOO and then apply the rub and let set for 4-5 hours before submerging into the WSM. This allows the meat to absorb the seasoning.
What's up with all that white crap on your patio???
It is always BBQ season where I live or wherever I am!
BTW I don't apply sauce to my ribs but if you have to, wait till the end of the smoke so the meat can really absorb some of that delicious smoke!