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Czarbecue
12-14-2017, 02:42 PM
Right now my Bandera mount trailer is at the side of the house, under the mercy of a flood lamp that is behind me, casting nasty shadows as I stand in front of the cook chamber. Nice to see where I am walking around but I can't see chit in my cooker.

Yesterday I used some LED photography lights and clamped it to the trailer while I worked. But same issue, harsh shadows in the cook chamber unless I use my phone to check the meats. I saw someone post one of those lights/headgear but any other ideas? I almost went out and bought a work light to see what I am doing but there has to be better options out there.

BeardedBassGuy
12-14-2017, 02:51 PM
I bought a headlamp on clearance at Academy. It was an older model Princeton Tec. It has a flood and a spotlight option, and allows you to run both at once.

I used it this past weekend for a couple hours on my brisket cook and it was fantastic. You may look dorky, but hands and shadow free is worth it.

Evil-g
12-14-2017, 03:43 PM
I've got a couple of fancy grill lights but most time I just use a headlamp that can adjust downward.

HumboldtSmokeBBQ
12-14-2017, 03:50 PM
I bought these string lights from Costco. They work great.
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pjtexas1
12-14-2017, 06:58 PM
SmokerKing, a brethren, makes a really good light. Puts a lot of light wherever you need and the magnetic base combined with the flexible neck allows it to be placed in some awkward positions if you need to.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171215/2b6a692a2c819cb5c8f94e1f5daefa4f.jpg

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Czarbecue
12-14-2017, 07:44 PM
SmokerKing, a brethren, makes a really good light. Puts a lot of light wherever you need and the magnetic base combined with the flexible neck allows it to be placed in some awkward positions if you need to.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171215/2b6a692a2c819cb5c8f94e1f5daefa4f.jpg



Is there a web page for this?

CptKaos
12-14-2017, 07:47 PM
Czar do you have any battery powered tools? Most makers offer work or flood lights that use the same batteries.

Larry

Czarbecue
12-14-2017, 07:56 PM
I pretty much used this, but it's rather expensive so I don't want it a part of the set up outside.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41YeZkbMo8L._SL1000_.jpg

IXL
12-14-2017, 07:56 PM
My wife picked up to or three Weber-branded lights that have magnetic bases. The head is a cluster of LEDs and on the end of a flexible shaft. The amount of light thrown by one of these is surprising.

SmittyJonz
12-14-2017, 08:24 PM
Put some LED flood lights on the side of the house.

pjtexas1
12-14-2017, 08:57 PM
Is there a web page for this?https://m.ebay.com/itm/TACTICAL-BBQ-LIGHT-BIG-GREEN-EGG-WEBER-UDS-GRILLS-AND-SMOKERS-/272846437697


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ironmanerik
12-15-2017, 05:42 AM
I hung a string of Christmas lights

SmokerKing
12-15-2017, 07:12 AM
Is there a web page for this?

http://www.krakenstands.com/

:thumb:

This light can be used for lots of applications.

I've been using the heck out of the one I have in the garage. I've been welding more than smoking lately.
Comes in handy for seeing where I'm trying to weld, freakin eyes are going, lol.

http://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/nRENqq.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pnnRENqqj)

Cook
12-15-2017, 10:20 AM
Maybe something like this. But you'll need to mount it almost directly over where your head is when checking the pit. Mounted anywhere behind where you stand and you'll get a shadow. Hang it above you and it should cast light into the pit.

pitbossJB
12-15-2017, 10:36 AM
Lighting has always been a problem, I'm usually out there with a flashlight in one hand and a beer in the other. How do I check the cooker? I still think we should've evolved with four arms, how handy would that be? :clap2:

pjtexas1
12-15-2017, 10:52 AM
in my experience you need a light that you can use at an angle. overhead lighting doesn't always work as it casts shadows into the cook chamber or at least part of the cook chamber. if you have a cabinet type cooker you know what i mean. that's where my SmokerKing Kraken light comes in handy.

Blowin' Smoke
12-15-2017, 12:31 PM
Lighting has always been a problem, I'm usually out there with a flashlight in one hand and a beer in the other. How do I check the cooker? I still think we should've evolved with four arms, how handy would that be? :clap2:

Assuming one hand per arm, I would guess 4 handy. :-P

pitbossJB
12-15-2017, 01:16 PM
Assuming one hand per arm, I would guess 4 handy. :-P

That was my vision. I like it , you're a funny guy!

lastmajordude
12-15-2017, 03:20 PM
This is actually a great topic. My brother just built a cooking area and installed flood light cans with dimmer above and on either side of his green egg as to eliminate shadows. If I ever get to build my area lighting will be another important decision.

Smokeymagoo
12-16-2017, 08:39 PM
So I was grilling tonight, but when i smoke I just roll the smoker over. This works great because I get shade during the day(and here shade is just as important). Solar powered so I don't have to run a cord by the pool.

Smokey

TravelingJ
12-17-2017, 12:17 AM
I always carry a flashlight with my anyways. I need it regularly for work, and the dogs always seem to lose something in a dark spot of the house. I was in a shop that used these USB Rechargeable lights. (https://www.streamlight.com/en/products/detail/index/stylus-pro-usb) Mine gets a LOT of use, and I only charge it about 4 times a year. And when I need to go out and check the smoker, I have a light handy. If I need my hands free-I just hold it between my teeth and aim it where it's needed.

SmokePigTails
12-17-2017, 04:27 AM
Checkout line headlamp, and now a solar battery LED flood light. If i ever get the money outlets and hardwired lights will be going out back.