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Old 01-02-2018, 02:18 PM   #1
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I know people use the welding blankets ($25 @ harbor freight).
Also read where people use the 80% wool survival blankets (also $25)
I hike and people use this material to make pot koozies for cooking. (boil water, add dehydrated food, put lid on and put in koozie, then eat when ready)
anyone use this as a heat blanket for a uds in cold temps. Basically the reflective bubble insulation stuff.
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:25 PM   #2
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From the comments.
" the maximum service temperature for Reflectix is just 180 degrees F"
So you'd need to keep it away from the metal.

"Reflectix provides very little insulation value by itself. The R value claimed on the package depend on a sealed 'air gap' that you must create / build when you install it"
That said, I've seen something like that used by other's here.
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From the comments.
" the maximum service temperature for Reflectix is just 180 degrees F"
So you'd need to keep it away from the metal.

"Reflectix provides very little insulation value by itself. The R value claimed on the package depend on a sealed 'air gap' that you must create / build when you install it"
That said, I've seen something like that used by other's here.

Thanks, yeah i just read the max temp rating. wonder if they make a higher rated one, but i guess by that point it will cost more and i should just get a welding blanket and be down with it.
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:37 PM   #5
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I cooked all day on New Year's Eve. It was 7* F with wind chills below zero. Using a 15+ year old WSM, no insulation, no wind shield. Lit the WSM a little after noon, food on at 1:15pm, food off at 7pm, at which time it was still humming around 285*. A little after midnight I went outside to put it in the shed but there was still lit lump burning in it.

Amazing. My guess is a UDS can perform similarly.
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I cooked all day on New Year's Eve. It was 7* F with wind chills below zero. Using a 15+ year old WSM, no insulation, no wind shield. Lit the WSM a little after noon, food on at 1:15pm, food off at 7pm, at which time it was still humming around 285*. A little after midnight I went outside to put it in the shed but there was still lit lump burning in it.

Amazing. My guess is a UDS can perform similarly.
I've cooked in the 30's but not in temps like now. I guess i'm just a worry wart and always want to be prepared. By UDS is also inside my screened in porch with solid walls half way up so wind isn't really an issue. Maybe i'm over thinking and don't need anything at all. Just hard to believe cooking in east cost moist cold weather won't have terrible affects on my temps with my thin gauge barrel.
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:51 PM   #7
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It's the wool blanket for me. I fold them so they are about 20" to 24" wide, which is 3-layers. One of these days I'm going to take a stitching awl or trussing needle and make the design permanent.
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I did two butts and two corned beef "pastramis" on my UDS for New Year's Eve. It was 8-10F all day. Had the vents open much further than normal, but didn't have any trouble keeping 275-285F all day.
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I did two butts and two corned beef "pastramis" on my UDS for New Year's Eve. It was 8-10F all day. Had the vents open much further than normal, but didn't have any trouble keeping 275-285F all day.
How much worse was fuel consumption? How long were your cooks?
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Old 01-02-2018, 04:56 PM   #10
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I have had my reflectix in direct contact with my UDS for about 2 years, with no ill effects. I can recommend it as a good insulator too.
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I cooked for 3+ hours yesterday on my UDS, no blanket, -14º F, no problem.
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I first bought a welding blanket. The first time I used it, I got glass fibers in my and and it worried me, what if that got into the food?

I made a Reflectix barrier, not really a blanket as there was a 3 to 4 inch gap between the Reflectix and my WSM. I wasn't sure how well it would work, it seemed kinda thin. Fired her up, got the meats on her, and set it up around her. Within minutes, the air between the Reflectix and the WSM was quite a bit warmer than the outside temp.
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-4 actual temp and went 14 hours at 250. Wrapped with moving blankets. The only contact point was at the rim and the rest draped freely. Checked on it for the first 6 hours and the blanket was just "warm".

Slept all night and it was still just warm in the AM.

I also monitor cooks via my cell phone and have alarms if it went 20 degrees over/under the desired temp.

I recommend the welding blankets as that is what I usually use but they were at the farm.



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I first bought a welding blanket. The first time I used it, I got glass fibers in my and and it worried me, what if that got into the food?

I made a Reflectix barrier, not really a blanket as there was a 3 to 4 inch gap between the Reflectix and my WSM. I wasn't sure how well it would work, it seemed kinda thin. Fired her up, got the meats on her, and set it up around her. Within minutes, the air between the Reflectix and the WSM was quite a bit warmer than the outside temp.
Is that the same Reflectix the OP posted? Looks much stiffer.
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How much worse was fuel consumption? How long were your cooks?
Finished at about 10 hours. Loaded with 20lbs of kingsford blue. Honestly...been a bit too hung over the last couple days to clean the UDS and see what's left in the fire basket. Don't recover like I used to...
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