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Old 12-08-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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Default I Wish Pellet Poopers...

...were better insulated. But then again The Pellet companies would sell less pellets if they were. Maybe some interprising individual could come up with a retrofit insulation kit. I don't mind smoking in the summer but these winter smokes really chew through your pellet inventory. Maybe I should just get a BGE but they are exspensive new.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:28 AM   #2
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My Fast Eddie is insulated.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:02 AM   #3
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use a welders blanket?
or the wool they use on brick ovens for insulation.....
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:42 AM   #4
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I use a wool blanket over the top of my country smoker. I am sure this helps but I think the main problem is the cool air being blown into the combustion chamber/cooking compartment. I am trying to work out a system that would use a flexible duct that is connected to a metal heat capturing device (kind of like how there used to be tube grates for a fireplace with a fan that blows through the tubes to blow warm air into the living quarters). The heat collector would set on the top/back area and would warm the intake air. The warmer it gets the warmer the internal temp should get in theory anyway.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:50 AM   #5
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:01 AM   #6
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:14 AM   #7
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...were better insulated.
Maybe you need to be specific, are you talking Traegers?

I know Cookshack/FE series have 800 degree insulation.
I believe the Louisiana cooks have some also.

The blanket trick will work for Traegers.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:21 AM   #8
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In a cabinet style cooker, the FEC-100 is very insulated and efficent.
In the pellet grill area (www.pelletcooker.com) the Fast Eddy grill is also completely double walled. It too, is very efficient with pellets.

On a Louisiana Grill, the lids are double walled. On the Country Smoker line, they are just like a traeger -- so a welding blanket is needed. For the CS, however, you have to fabricate it so that the air can get out of the exhaust ports on the rear of the cooker.

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Old 12-08-2009, 11:07 AM   #9
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Yeah, it's a traeger. I think I can borrow a welding blanket from work. That FE sounds like something I need.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:45 PM   #10
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I have a Lil Tex and a FEC.

The Lil Tex cooks just fine in low outside temps.

It does burn a bunch of pellets though.
I am thinking of getting a weldiing blanket for BOTH of the cold days down here each year

Both are great cookers for what they were designed, and priced, for.

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I think I'm going to give our new FEC a run this weekend
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:12 PM   #12
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Like everyone else said. A welding blanket or a grillcozy would do the trick.
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:13 AM   #13
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I have cooked on my FEC in near freezing temps and it takes a bit more pellets but not enough to worry about.
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I have cooked on my FEC in near freezing temps and it takes a bit more pellets but not enough to worry about.
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:44 AM   #15
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I'm going to look at welding blankets. It will have to wait since that a-hole furnace repair guy ripped me off for $435.00 today. His work didn't fix the problem so he came back and wanted another $300. That's nearly half of a new unit.
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