View Full Version : Smoking in the snow

11-17-2014, 10:23 AM
Woke to see 5 inches of snow on the UDS, 28*, wind, and dropping temps the rest of the day. I hit the trifecta.. yea me...!
Two pork butts that HAVE to be done today. Luckily I bought a blanket for it over the summer. It may not look pretty but its doing the job. Not sure anyone other than the brethern would appreciate the ugliness of it and understand the practicality of it. I'll post more pics as I go. On at 9am, guessing 6pm finish.

11-17-2014, 10:45 AM
PapaOscar, Good luck with your cook today.

I use my UDS year round in central Ontario, Canada and it gets freakin' cold here. I haven't had to insulate it, I just keep it out of the wind and it works fine.

Getting your UDS unwrapped looks like a bit of a chore.

11-17-2014, 10:52 AM
Hell Yes- good job on stepping out and getting the smoke going. By the way, wear sunscreen in the balmy temps :-))

11-17-2014, 10:55 AM
got over a foot last week, and a few more inches this weekend. Air temps were around 12-15f, my UDS held temps like a champ. I could tell it burned a tad more fuel, but everything turned out amazing per usual!

11-17-2014, 11:37 AM
I'm very happy that we don't have snow that early. But your wrap looks like it works great, I will keep this in mind.

11-17-2014, 05:46 PM
Happy to report, everything came out as expected... yummy! The water heater blanket worked great! At 21* and steady breeze it held no less than 250* the entire time 7.5 hrs. Had to choke it down a couple times when it reached 325*. Even have left over fuel for the next time.

11-17-2014, 06:53 PM
Looks tasty!

I have those same claws. I don't pull with them, but they're great for picking up large cuts of meat.

11-17-2014, 07:02 PM
Nice work.
I can only imagine cooking in that snow

11-17-2014, 07:05 PM
looking good!!

Char Yard
11-17-2014, 07:11 PM
That's showin mother nature whos boss! looks like you did a great job

c farmer
11-17-2014, 07:45 PM
Great job.

I love cooking in the cold and snow.

11-17-2014, 08:25 PM
Up here in Saskatchewan, if we didn't smoke in the winter we would be out of commission 4-5 months of the year. Great work getting out there in the cold!

11-17-2014, 09:12 PM
I love seeing winter time smokes. It shows dedication.

11-17-2014, 09:33 PM
Just another fine example of it NEVER being too cold, windy, or snowy to fire up a pit! I'm in Kentucky also, but we only got a very light dusting. I'm guessing you're in the northern part of the state?

11-17-2014, 09:47 PM
Nicely done. Do not give in to the crappy weather!

11-18-2014, 03:27 AM
Glad it turned out well.

Big George's BBQ
11-18-2014, 09:21 AM
Very nice. Try a welders blanket

11-18-2014, 12:02 PM
Thanks for posting. This gives me some ideas for the upcoming frigid Western PA winter. I have a roof over my deck, so it's just a matter of dealing with the wind to keep my terra cotta smoker going.

11-18-2014, 12:43 PM
Agree with others on the insulation not being necessary. I've cooked in some damn cold conditions and my drum held it's ground just fine. Besides, I wouldn't love the idea of fiberglass particles around my cooker and food but that's just me. Make yourself a plywood wind block and you'll be set.

Kathy's Smokin'
11-18-2014, 02:50 PM
I meant to bang together a plywood wind block with past summer. :tsk:

11-18-2014, 09:30 PM
We smoke all year round. I don't let my smoker out in the rain or snow. I just run the smoker in the garage with the garage door partly open to let out the smoke. We get excellent results no matter what the temperature is.