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AKMIMNAK
06-02-2018, 05:24 PM
Uh, that pretty much sums up my question. Will a WSM allow me to keep on smokin here in Minnesota November thru March?

SmittyJonz
06-02-2018, 05:49 PM
Yup if you put a ring of Reflectix around it.......

https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=183939
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KevinJ
06-02-2018, 05:53 PM
Sure but in the dead of winter :shocked:

https://www.humphreysbbq.com/pages/the-weekender

WareZdaBeef
06-02-2018, 06:13 PM
Yup if you put a ring of Reflectix around it.......

https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=183939
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Its a UDSWSM. I am coining that name.

WareZdaBeef
06-02-2018, 06:17 PM
On a serious note, you could take 8 panels of plywood hinged, and sandwiched between some insulation

So 4 sides hinged, insulation inbetween the 8 panels.
Maybe some 2 inch spacers made out of a 2x4 so the insulation fits inbetween the sandwiched panels.

Nuco59
06-02-2018, 06:29 PM
Low Temps are not the hugest problem. Wind sucks your temps down even in milder weather. A good wind block will be your friend.

BrickBrewHaus
06-02-2018, 08:53 PM
On a serious note, you could take 8 panels of plywood hinged, and sandwiched between some insulation

So 4 sides hinged, insulation inbetween the 8 panels.
Maybe some 2 inch spacers made out of a 2x4 so the insulation fits inbetween the sandwiched panels.



I donít use insulation but I do use 4 hinged pieces of plywood. That helped. But what took it to another level was simply adding another piece as a lid. I donít remember the ambient temps during a few cooks this past winter, but below freezing. The plywood box made the cook a breeze.

So to answer your question, I think itís possible. Youíll use more fuel, but you should be able to cook in the cold.


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Tatanka
06-02-2018, 09:03 PM
I'm about 30 miles north of you and use my WSM year round, finding lee spots around my home depending on the prevailing wind; but next fall I plan to go the welder's blanket route. Seems to be a sensible way to retain heat in the unit. I can probably pay for the welder's blanket in charcoal saved within 10 good smokes.

WareZdaBeef
06-02-2018, 09:10 PM
I donít use insulation but I do use 4 hinged pieces of plywood. That helped. But what took it to another level was simply adding another piece as a lid. I donít remember the ambient temps during a few cooks this past winter, but below freezing. The plywood box made the cook a breeze.

So to answer your question, I think itís possible. Youíll use more fuel, but you should be able to cook in the cold.


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You would be surprised how well the insulation between two panels will cut through the freezing temps.

Huskres
06-02-2018, 09:18 PM
Wind even in 50 degree weather sucks the heat out fast than a calm 20 degree day. Lump will burn hotter but you’ll go through more of it. What size also?

Czarbecue
06-02-2018, 09:49 PM
The best thing you can do is get yourself some thick sweats and a parka.

Hoss
06-02-2018, 09:50 PM
I love my WSMs but....for weather like that I would choose a ceramic cooker every time.Less fuel usage,set it,forget it.I love my Green Eggs too,just depends on what I am cooking and what the weather is as to which I use.

AKMIMNAK
06-02-2018, 10:27 PM
Sure but in the dead of winter :shocked:

https://www.humphreysbbq.com/pages/the-weekender

Well sure, but I just bought a brand new Lone Star Grillz offset and the Weber was only $160....so......the Humphrey's will hatta wait a year or two :)

AKMIMNAK
06-02-2018, 10:28 PM
On a serious note, you could take 8 panels of plywood hinged, and sandwiched between some insulation

So 4 sides hinged, insulation inbetween the 8 panels.
Maybe some 2 inch spacers made out of a 2x4 so the insulation fits inbetween the sandwiched panels.

Townhouse assocaiation rules.....I own nothing outside my four walls :mad:

AKMIMNAK
06-02-2018, 10:30 PM
I'm about 30 miles north of you and use my WSM year round, finding lee spots around my home depending on the prevailing wind; but next fall I plan to go the welder's blanket route. Seems to be a sensible way to retain heat in the unit. I can probably pay for the welder's blanket in charcoal saved within 10 good smokes.

Sort of wrapped around the sides but away from the bottom vents? Bungee corded on?

AKMIMNAK
06-02-2018, 10:30 PM
wind even in 50 degree weather sucks the heat out fast than a calm 20 degree day. Lump will burn hotter but youíll go through more of it. What size also?

22.5

ChrisBarb
06-03-2018, 07:25 AM
No issues here New England down to 0' my coldest time. I have this: https://www.bbqguru.com/storenav?CategoryId=9&ProductId=81 Works very well.

smoke ninja
06-03-2018, 07:33 AM
I've ran my 18 in -20į wind chill just fine. Chews up fuel some, still 8-10 hrs in a full ring. A wind screen helps alot. That refletix wind screen from home depot helps alot and is cheap and easy.

DanB
06-03-2018, 07:44 AM
I've ran my 18 in -20į wind chill just fine. Chews up fuel some, still 8-10 hrs in a full ring. A wind screen helps alot. That refletix wind screen from home depot helps alot and is cheap and easy.

Hi where do I find this screen at Home Depot?
Thanks DanB

JazzCat
06-03-2018, 07:44 AM
i smoke in winter all the time.
coldest i remember was -13ļF butt.
i was out of the wind.
no insulation whatsoever.
i suppose i used additional fuel to last the entire cook, but results were the same as smoking in 50ļ weather.

smoke ninja
06-03-2018, 07:57 AM
Hi where do I find this screen at Home Depot?
Thanks DanB

https://www.homedepot.com/s/reflectix?searchtype=suggest&NCNI-5

I pretty sure in the aisle with the other insulation

I got the idea from my buddy Keith. He rubbed some folks the wrong way but had some great ideas. I miss him on the board and don't talk to him enough in the real world these days but he's a great guy and true friend

Yep that'll work..good job. Basically the same concept as this reflectix...something to keep the heat in and the wind off of.

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/Mini%20WSM/P1020012_zpsa779266a.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/Mini%20WSM/P1020012_zpsa779266a.jpg.html)

Deehrmageddon
06-03-2018, 07:34 PM
I have a big super bowl party every year.... in Chicago :) manages just fine without any mods, but I am probably stealing a few ideas from this. I think it goes without saying, no peaking!

WareZdaBeef
06-03-2018, 07:45 PM
https://www.homedepot.com/s/reflectix?searchtype=suggest&NCNI-5

I pretty sure in the aisle with the other insulation

I got the idea from my buddy Keith. He rubbed some folks the wrong way but had some great ideas. I miss him on the board and don't talk to him enough in the real world these days but he's a great guy and true friend

Isn't that that octofork guy? I haven't seen him post in awhile, what happened to him?