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Spicy-Meat
11-10-2010, 03:38 PM
I purchased a little chief about 2 months ago for making beef jerky. Recently, I put two digital probe thermometers at different central locations in the smoker. My average temperature was 124F. I ran this test for 4 hours. During this test, my smoker was in my garage with the garage door fully open using a 20' extension cord. The out door temp was 42F with 2 mph winds and clear. When I purchased this smoker the specifications said the heating element is 250 watts and reaches temps of 165F. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to insulate the smoker or if I should build an insulated box during the cold months.

Thanks everyone.

landarc
11-10-2010, 06:06 PM
They used to make a cover for these units for cold weather use. Did you check their website? Some folks I know used blankets, although I would fear a fire. Is it safe to smoke something at 165F?

MRI_Guy
11-10-2010, 06:41 PM
One of Little Chief smokers (the new one aged 20 years) is still in its box and we use it all summer smoking salmon.

The older one (aged over 30 years) has some silver duct insulation on it now.

Personally - I prefer the results of the one still in the box.

Spicy-Meat
11-10-2010, 08:11 PM
I called the manufacture on the blamket today. The R-Value is 4.5. I don't think it is substantial enough to maintain 160f. According to the USDA you should cook at 160 then once the meat hits 160 then smoke at 130-140f. I made like 20 batches of jerky this summer and had no temp issues it's just the colder months that pose the problem. I may have to build a shelter.

swamprb
11-10-2010, 08:41 PM
You pretty much keep the box for insulation, and for cool smoking.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/LittleChief/IMG_1420.jpg

I have no clue to the age of mine, but they don't make a replacement element that will fit it.

Smoking cheese using the box for "cool smoke"

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_2158.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_2160.jpg

Thirdeye uses a Big Chief and I think he's got rigid foam insulation around his.
I've never found the need to insulate mine, but I would probably go with Reflectix wrap insulation.

Spicy-Meat
11-10-2010, 10:36 PM
Thanks for the pics. I will give it a try.

MRI_Guy
11-11-2010, 09:35 AM
I t hought that I had more pics of our smokers in AK - but I am not able to find them right now.

But here is a pic of the 'insulated' smoker.

The pic of swamp's smoker in the box looks just like our other smoker.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs385.snc4/44832_155470704467356_100000132823835_534595_64651 75_n.jpg

thirdeye
11-11-2010, 05:55 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/Barbecue%208/DSC06534JPGa.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/Barbecue%206/img_0102aL.jpg


Here is my late fall and winter set-up for my Big Chief that Brian mantioned above. In early fall I just use an oversized cardboard box. You can see that the insulation does such a good job that I sometimes need to block the lid with some 2 X 2"s.

And by the way, fall trout fishing is good in Wyoming, I've smoked more throut this year than in the previous 3 years together.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/Barbecue%2013/DSC01314a.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/Barbecue%2013/DSC01324a.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/Barbecue%2013/DSC01412ra.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/Barbecue%2013/DSC01411a.jpg


And some cheese to go with it.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/Barbecue%2013/DSC01426a.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/Barbecue%2013/DSC01430a.jpg

Spicy-Meat
11-15-2010, 05:57 PM
very nice. Where did you get the blue foam?

MRI_Guy
11-22-2010, 10:19 AM
I visited the local Fred Meyers last night - and back in their outdoor cooking area, I found a product (not made by) that was designed for the Little Chief smoker.

That silver blanket cost about $25. I wish that I would have written down the name of who actually made it - but it said right on the box 'designed to insulate Little Chief Smokers'

Kevin
11-22-2010, 10:35 AM
I visited the local Fred Meyers last night - and back in their outdoor cooking area, I found a product (not made by) that was designed for the Little Chief smoker.

That silver blanket cost about $25. I wish that I would have written down the name of who actually made it - but it said right on the box 'designed to insulate Little Chief Smokers'

Google says Smokehouse Products Inc. SKU SMO9999-940

NeoTrout
11-22-2010, 01:33 PM
Yep. :cool:

http://www.smokehouseproducts.com/prod_lure_select.cfm?Stock=9800&CategoryID=17&ProductNo=9800-000-0000

FretBender
11-22-2010, 03:17 PM
I use a wlding blanket to wrap my pellet pooper in the colder weather, it should work just fine on the Little Chief as well. 165 is not very hot and as the blue foam shows, it will not melt or burn at those low temps.

swamprb
11-23-2010, 07:53 AM
Yep. :cool:

http://www.smokehouseproducts.com/prod_lure_select.cfm?Stock=9800&CategoryID=17&ProductNo=9800-000-0000


Thanks for the linky-
The smoker jacket is the reflectix isulation I was thinking of, you could buy a couple rolls for that price.