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Old 04-07-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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HARD RAIN at a competition for me for the 1st time I have been pretty lucky thus far with no rain at a competition so I'd like to see your competition rain pictures and stories to prepare myself.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:49 PM   #2
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No rain.....not sure what that is like. About every contest in Iowa I went to last year had some sort of rain/wind/storm.....Marshalltown sticks in mind as one of the worst, imagine small lakes in some of the sites. Then there was the one where my tables were getting washed along the curb from the downpour.

I learned a good trick from Ron L., buy some cheap tarps and cover the ground where you walk (by tables,cookers,etc....) saves a muddy mess and you can toss when done if want.
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
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I'm hoping for a couple of competitions without hard rain

Tarps on the ground do help, but they can create puddles, so a broom to sweep the water off of the tarp is a good idea.

We've been through torrential rains, floods, gale force winds and at lest a couple of tornado warnings. So far no serious damage to us or our stuff. i think the worst was Elk Grove Village, IL a couple of years ago. It rained hard for a couple of hours during setup, then stopped. The water drained and everyone set up. Then the creek nearby came over it's bank and a lot of teams were forced to move. All of the vendors were flooded out. The story and pictures are in this thread, starting on page 5.

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Old 04-07-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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Last year at Glasgow MO was the WORST.

Vexter has some pics on his H*QUE web site.
Look at the pics with the pop up camper.
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:27 PM   #5
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I would highly recommend one of these rv mats. I use mine in all weather. They are light weight and wash off easily at home. They let the rain go through. Now if you are in a muddy area you might want some tarps. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...door-mat/36070
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:32 PM   #6
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We picked up one of those on Sunday, Rip. Not checkerboard, but the same mat.
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:40 PM   #7
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HARD RAIN at a competition for me for the 1st time I have been pretty lucky thus far with no rain at a competition so I'd like to see your competition rain pictures and stories to prepare myself.
At the Merrimac Rock and Ribfest one year it rained so hard they had to get some rigs out with tow trucks. The worst I have seen it was at one of the Battle of the BBQ Brethren contests at Sayville. I also understand there were a host of canopies and sites damaged at New Paltz one year. If it rains that hard the only thing you can do is pray it stops.
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:43 PM   #8
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No pictures, but last year at Hazelwood we had tornado sirens going off while we were turning in Brisket.

Apparently, a tornado went through the area just a few miles south of the comp. Besides the tornado, though, it rained off and on all Friday evening and night.

At Wildwood in September last year, it rained all night too.

Come to think of it... I've only cooked one competition that it DIDN'T rain...
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:16 PM   #9
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I remember Raytown from last year when we had 3" of water in our WSM and couldn't get chicken done on time. I have never seen rain come straight from the side like that. We had guys with umbrellas and rain gear trying to keep the smokers dry. I don't think we had a totally dry contest at all last year.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:50 PM   #10
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I remember Raytown from last year when we had 3" of water in our WSM and couldn't get chicken done on time. I have never seen rain come straight from the side like that. We had guys with umbrellas and rain gear trying to keep the smokers dry. I don't think we had a totally dry contest at all last year.
That was a fun one, esp as we had the drain running through our site. We had a team hook into our generator as power went out and they had a trager they were trying to get turnins done.

Rain's the #1 reason I'm thrilled I went with a insulated cooker. The big thing on setup is always ask yourself what will need to come down in a hurry if the sh*t hits the fan. With a trailer, we reevaluated how often we'd put up a EZUP. It's pretty rare I've got it up now.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:11 PM   #11
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It has rained so much since we built our last cooker she has been named Rainmaker ! Our first contest there tornados all around, seems when we are anywhere near home it pours down rain.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:47 PM   #12
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2008 q for the kids outside terre haute IN. 10.5 inches between 5 pm Friday and 7 am Saturday. Lots of tractors to pull people out. I70 closed eastbound Saturday. A lot of us camped out Saturday night. Great party.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:08 PM   #13
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Bought a toyhauler due to all the rain last year...........
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My favorite was when I had to dig a trench with a shovel to drain my site at 1:30am in Upper Marlboro. Thanks to Sal for the shovel and George from WATG for the broken broom

Or at my first comp at Salisbury where we had 4" of rain and I had 1 leaky 10x10 with no sides. It was like chinese water torture!

Or at New Holland 2 years ago when I "borrowed" wood chips from the playground to fill my site up with.

Or........

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The worst I have seen it was at one of the Battle of the BBQ Brethren contests at Sayville.
Just one, or every one?

Sayville 2008: Cold front came through at night. 40 degrees, 50mph winds, rain going sideways, power out, 6 inches of water deep in most sites.

Sayville 2009: Less wind, still all sites flooded, 110 power down to 32 volts. Hooked up 6 teams to my RV generator.

Got calls both times, so can't complain.

The 2008 aftermath:

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