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Unread 01-24-2013, 06:23 AM   #1
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Default WSM vs UDS in the cold?

Which wins out in cold weather? Is it a draw?
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Can't speak for the UDS, but I've cooked on WSMs in temps as low as -20, Just gotta block the wind.

My guess? Since they operate on the same principle, it's a draw.
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I have cooked in my UDS below zero as well. Keep it out of the wind, and prepare to use a little more fuel with intakes more open than usual. Search the forum, I have seen posts from a guy in Alaska cooking on his UDS on temps as cold or colder than Harbor.

I agree it's a draw. Metal thickness is close to the same with a very similar setup inside.
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PWA has used his un-insulated UDS's in -43 degrees to cook up some pork butts. He has a thread somewhere on the forums about it.
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Which wins out in cold weather? Is it a draw?
What are the rules of the contest ? Like fuel consumption between the 2?
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I've used them both well below freezing. Wind block helps. Thermal blanket (reflectex or welding blanket) will make it as though it's a normal summer day.
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It was well below zero whereI live on the weekend and my UDS worked fine. I had planned to get some reflectix, but put it off 'til payday. Even without the blanket, I had no issues - I just try to keep it out of the wind.
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Yeah, I am curious about this too. I mean, here in Los Angeles, we have been getting a few days that dip into the high 50s!!!

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... I mean, here in Los Angeles, we have been getting a few days that dip into the high 50s!!!
I heard!

(I ran outside yesterday - it was 19º But it was only a 3 mile run.)
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Cooked some ribs and chicken on the 22.5" WSM yesterday. It was about 42* ( I know, not that cold) but the wind was blowing pretty hard. Hooked up the BBQ Guru DiqiQ I just got in the mail and it stayed at 250 for 5 hours with no problem. I don't have a UDS but I may build one just for the heck of it. Might be a fun project.
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