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Old 11-08-2013, 11:04 AM   #1
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Is it legal???- specifically in Texas??

Got into a discussion with a buddy this morning. On his way in he was following a Stickburner/trailer rig. Dampers were open, fire burning and my buddy had an aromatherapy session of smoking brisket for his drive in. (3 guesses what he'll be having for lunch now)

Another buddy chimed in that DWS (Driving while smoking) was illegal and the guy was asking for a ticket.

Is it legal to drive with your fires burning in your trailer rig?
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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Is it legal???- specifically in Texas??

Got into a discussion with a buddy this morning. On his way in he was following a Stickburner/trailer rig. Dampers were open, fire burning and my buddy had an aromatherapy session of smoking brisket for his drive in. (3 guesses what he'll be having for lunch now)

Another buddy chimed in that DWS (Driving while smoking) was illegal and the guy was asking for a ticket.

Is it legal to drive with your fires burning in your trailer rig?
I would expect it's illegal...or at least ticket eligible if your firebox starts dumping coals. Can't imagine a load of hot coals falling out on the road is very safe. If not illegal, it should be required to have a locked (and not just with a rotating handle) firebox door.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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I'm not a lawyer, police officer, or judge; But, I'd let him off with a warning just because this sounds so extremely cool.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:43 AM   #4
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Internal combustion engine on the road? What's wrong with that? But seriously, as long as the trailer is legal, everything is locked down tight and nothing is spilling out on the highway, what could the ticket be for?
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:00 PM   #5
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Internal combustion engine on the road? What's wrong with that? But seriously, as long as the trailer is legal, everything is locked down tight and nothing is spilling out on the highway, what could the ticket be for?
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:05 PM   #6
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I have driven down the road with my UDS in the bed of my truck just humming along. was not cooking anything but it had not shut down and I needed to move it right away. I imagine as ling as ash was not bloowing on my food I could have been cooking with the lid strapped down and the intake in a corner where it was not getting a lot of forced air.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:07 PM   #7
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In California it can be a ticket if your hot tar trailer is smoking while driving. I had a friend that owned a roofing company and he received one from the highway patrol.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #8
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While there probably isn't a law covering exactly "driving while smoking" I'm sure you would get a ticket if hot coals were coming out. That would fall into some form of littering/safety hazard.

I have actually seen this coming back from a competition where the towed stickburner was still going and some lit coals were coming out. Not like massive hunks of lit wood, but enough to make change lanes and stay away from it.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:09 PM   #9
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Hmmmm...OK, so I'm driving with a lit fire and also carrying 120 LBs of gasoline in a 20 gallon tank, just waiting for the unknown to happen. Yep. Sound move.
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sounds like the only way to get the thanksgiving turkey to grandma's house, hot and ready.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:19 PM   #11
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I've been pulled over on Base with smoker rolling out of my offset, all the MP asked was did you know your smokin? I said yep lol
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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Personally I cant think this would be good. Hot embers can cause a serious problem on the road and countryside if the area is dry
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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I've though about this for tailgating before. You know, start the brisket the night before in the back of the truck, drive to the stadium, and profit!
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #14
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If you live in a "drought" area, a ticket may be the least of your worries. Can't imagine that being worth it. If you have a catering company, there is such a thing as "bad press." We have people in Colorado face serious criminal charges for negligently starting a fire -- in addition to numerous civil lawsuits.

As for a ticket, I image there are a number of laws in any jurisdiction that would be broken. Careless driving, for one. That said, driving to work behind the smell of a cooking brisket... there are worse ways to start the day.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:20 PM   #15
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Some friends of mine did a catering gig and had all there butts and briskets in foil and towed there offset right down the road full fire and full load of meat. Said it was blowing smoke like crazy. Would've been a great pic.
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