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Hannzo
08-19-2011, 08:59 AM
I am planning on doing an overnight smoke and some quicker cooks tomorrow morning.....So of course the forecast is calling for rain for the next 30 hours or so.

So now im scrambling to figure out a rain cover for my smoker. I have some blue plastic tarps, so I'm thinking i can just rig something up. Any ideas on how I would set something up? I've done some googling but can't really find any good pictures.

Jason TQ
08-19-2011, 09:19 AM
Not sure what type of smoker you have as some can withstand the rain, but prior to getting a popup canopy myself I used the patio table umbrella. I just moved the stand and umbrella by the smoker. The umbrella wasn't completely waterproof so some drops got through the fabric, but the heavy stuff all rolled off the sides. Tarps could work too. I'm not handy enough to suggest how to rig something like that up though :-P.

NorCal Q Man
08-19-2011, 09:26 AM
Seems like the easiest would be to make a lean-to. What other supplies do you have? Ropes, poles, etc.?

Hannzo
08-19-2011, 09:34 AM
Well I have a smoke hollow dual chamber gas/charcoal smoker with an offset firebox. Right now it is sitting against my patio railing. I have some rope, several sizes of blue tarp, and three or four 2x4's.

DirtyDirty00
08-19-2011, 10:07 AM
im gonna buy something today for my cook tomorrow. somthing similar to this:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/First-Up-10-x-10-Gazebo/8571900

dicks sports has em too. i like the ones at dicks better bc the top vent is much bigger. with the vent i dont care bout putting it over the smoker as smoke doesnt build up within the canopy.

thomasjurisd
08-19-2011, 11:34 AM
If you've got your smoker on your patio I'm guessing it is in close proximity to your house. As such, I definately would not go tying up tarps etc. around it. Either locate an EZ up canopy or Patio Umbrella. Don't risk burning your house down for the sake of a dry smoker. On another note, prior to gettin my EZ up I smoked in the rain in my bandera with no problem. Just make sure you fashion a makeshift cover for the smoke stack out of foil or tin or somethign so the rain doesn't find its way into the smoke stack. You will burn more fuel keeping your temp up and you will get wet but the BBQ will be fine.

Ole Man Dan
08-19-2011, 01:48 PM
I cut two pieced of 4X4 30 inches long to go across the outside rim of my UDS. Lid.
I Topped off it with a piece of tin 30"X30". I've used this method in rain when using my original drum lid.
It vents well and allows me to keep smoking.

I drilled (4) 1/4" holes in the tin and put bolts in the wood. Wing nuts hold the tin in place.
I've used plywood like this also, but it warps with the moisture and heat...
This is temporary until I build a permanent shelter.

boogiesnap
08-19-2011, 01:54 PM
im gonna buy something today for my cook tomorrow. somthing similar to this:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/First-Up-10-x-10-Gazebo/8571900

dicks sports has em too. i like the ones at dicks better bc the top vent is much bigger. with the vent i dont care bout putting it over the smoker as smoke doesnt build up within the canopy.

that's definately the way to go.

keep an eye on it though, if the roof pools with water it could collapse on your smoker=fire. keep it all away from your house.

also, swing by lowes or HD and pick up 4 5 gal buckets and 4 racthet straps. with rain comes wind, and you also don't need that thing flying around your backyard.

fill the buckets with water and strap them to the corners of the roof of the gazebo.

J'ville Grill
08-19-2011, 02:04 PM
I believe Home Depot has some 10 x 10 shelters for about $49. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?keyword=canopy&selectedCatgry=SEARCH+ALL&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&Ntpc=1&Ntpr=1#/?c=1&Ns=P_REP_PRC_MODE|0&Nao=96 (http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?keyword=canopy&selectedCatgry=SEARCH+ALL&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&Ntpc=1&Ntpr=1#/?c=1&Ns=P_REP_PRC_MODE%7C0&Nao=96)

Don't know if they are any good or not though. I've be wanting to get me one too.

ChicagoSizzlin
08-19-2011, 02:32 PM
Decent tent and even comes with a bag with wheels and a side wall.

http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_089W018480690001P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1#reviewsWrap


http://s.shld.net/is/image/Sears/089W018480690001?hei=600&wid=600&op_sharpen=1&qlt= 90,0&resMode=sharp&op_usm=0.9,0.5,0,0


$52.99 if you get it before Sunday.

sewerrat
08-19-2011, 02:56 PM
I've been using a free standing umbrella . .so you can use it for shade in the summer as well. $79 at Walmart, free site to store shipping
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-8.5-Offset-Umbrella-Tapioca/15549539

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v514/mrsewerrat/IMAG0055.jpg

mrcranky
08-19-2011, 03:39 PM
I got this one from Wal-Mart for $40 (first purchase at that store ever). If you live near a Wal-Mart - order for store pick up since it costs about $10 more if you just buy it at the store.

The support is much higher quality than the picture shows. Only complaint is that the top seems weak, and probably will rip in a year or so (but should be easy to patch up).

It takes 2 people to put up & take down. Only takes about 2 or 3 minutes.