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Old 08-25-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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What do you guys do for smoking in the winter months? My CharGriller will not cut it. Do you smoke more in the fall months and freeze it or do you actually get out and smoke? Just thinking ahead...
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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I bought my OK Joe on Superbowl Sunday and used it then and just about every weekend since.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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I smoke all year long. For your chargriller try a welding blanket to keep the heat in.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #4
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PWA lives in North Pole, Alaska. he has posted a couple threads where he was cooking in -40 and -50 degrees in uninsulated ugly drum smokers.

Time to build yourself a UDS before it becomes too cold for you to build it!
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:03 AM   #5
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I use my UDS all year long. Sometimes I need a wind block to even out temps., but that's not just a winter time thing either.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:06 AM   #6
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Our Minnesota winters are what determined my ceramic cooker purchase. I grill and smoke as much in the middle of the winter as I do in the middle of the summer!
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:10 AM   #7
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Before I moved to New Jersey and bought an insulated smoker, I used to use a welding blanket which I then covered with two moving blankets over the top of my horizontal. These would protect the cooking chamber from the cold temperatures, lake effects snow, and high winds.

You can't let a little change in weather stop you from cooking outside. I can recall grilling burgers, sausage, and steaks during snowstorms as well as many overnight smokes.

Weather is only an adversity, how you overcome it is what defines your love of the craft..

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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Smoke all year long......UDS and vertical. -20 below and eating ribs kind of cheers a guy up.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:14 AM   #9
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Life is easy in the winter with an insulated smoker.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #10
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How are you guys insulating your UDS?
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:28 AM   #11
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Here is a thread I think you might find interesting.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=149883

He runs uninsulated UDS's and cooks hot and fast. His biggest thing is that he uses more fuel at those low temperatures.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:44 AM   #12
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Much like you I have a Chargriller smokin pro, and in the cold winter months in Northern Michigan, it ate logs like crazy and the constant vent tending in the winter stunk...

I bought a Chargriller Akorn specifically for that reason.. I smoked on it all winter last year and on Christmas did a turkey and it was 8 degrees when I started. It used no noticeable difference in fuel from summer and chugged a steady temp all day..

The Akorn paired with the Maverick ET 732 allows me to BBQ all winter while sitting on my couch and only once in a blue moon having to go out and make a vent adjustment..
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:46 AM   #13
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I have a Stumps insulated cooker so it works just fine all year long. That is one of the reasons I got the Stumps.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:59 AM   #14
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Winter was the main reason I got a BGE. Works great!
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #15
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My wsm was pretty good as long as it wasn't windy. My backwoods actually ran better in subzero temps I think.
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