Smoking meats in 28 Degree weather?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fredhoiberg, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. fredhoiberg

    fredhoiberg Newbie

    I just purchased an electric smoker (yes I know I suck) and was wondering if it is possible to smoke meats in 28 degree weather. I live in the midwest and it gets super cold here during the winter, 28 degrees actually isn't too bad compared to what it will be soon. Anyways anyone have any experience with smoking in the winter?

  2. People in Canada smoke year round. What smoker did you get?

    I see this is your first post. When you get a chance will you drop by roll call so everyone can give you a proper SMF welcome?

    Happy smoken.

  3. fredhoiberg

    fredhoiberg Newbie

    It's a master built smoker.
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Try a wind break and a blanket to hold heat and suppress cooling.(welder's blanket).
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I will be using my MES40 in my tin shed this winter as long as I don't have 3' of snow to get to it LOL
  6. I noticed my diy keg smoker really struggled to keep a constant temp in the blustery conditions.
    Next time I'll be shielding it.
    Being electric to you could wrap it in a leather blanket or fire blanket. Aid with insulation and wind
  7. Which Master-built? Is it a digital or an analog? what size?

    I have a MES 40 and use it year round.

    Happy smoken.

  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I wrap my WSM in a welding blanket - I have ran many a day between 20-30 degrees with a good stiff wind. It doubles as a wind break and insulation.

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  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Digital or analog.... The digital smokers will show an error code if they are too cold.... I plug and electric heater in and open the smoker door.... blow the hot air inside it.... warm it up and I'm good to go.... the default is usually just below freezing....
  10. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I smoke in 82 degree weather almost year round! Oops, dyslexia got me... You said 28 degree weather! Lol
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  11. fredhoiberg

    fredhoiberg Newbie

    I see you live in Kona, that makes me hate you.

    I just got back from my honeymoon in Maui and I'm missing that place. 

  12. I took a Pitts & Spitts offset box stick burner to Norway when I moved there for 2 years for an expat assignment.  It worked great in low temps.  Just need to keep the wind down and keep your body warm!  Years ago I had an electric smoker that had really thin walls - it would not keep temp in real cold weather unless I insulated it - I usually just wrapped some cealing insulation around it and was fine. 
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  13. Tropics, how does that tin shed work for you? I know I have to extend the stack through the roof but does it serve its purpose? I'm talking charcoal burner.

    I have walls built for a smoker shed but haven't got them up yet. Damn health makes me dependent on the kids to get the big jobs done these days!

    I would smoke everyday with a wind break and shelter from the rain and snow!
  14. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Congrats on your marriage!

    Maui's not bad... ;)
  15. I've smoked jerky successfully at temps as cold as -15F. Two methods I've used to retain heat in the cook chamber, this was on two different electric smokers.

    I had a very nice custom stainless steel smoker I acquired which a friend who is a carpenter built a wood box around it then wrapped the box in 2" foam board insulation. The other was a home built electric smoker I made from a small fridge. I simply wrapped that smoker with a thick old wool blanket ( wool holds up to 70% of its heat value even when wet ).

    For each of these I poked a hole in the front of the smoker and pushed a probe style thermometer through the insulation and into the cook chamber to monitor the chamber temp.  If you have a wireless therm you wouldn't need to do that.

    I'm sure you'll get other ideas from the members here, just relaying what worked for myself. Hope this helps. - Ed

    P.S. - This is a blatant cut and paste answer from another thread I just replied to regarding the same basic question.  Didn't feel like retyping it all again but the answer is the same. Insulate, block the wind, monitor your temps and keep yourself warm.  Rum helps me with that [​IMG]

    P.P.S.  Attention Moderators...Any chance of a rum drinking pirate emoticon being added to the collection? ha !
  16. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The shed is only a tin shed, with the doors open part way it works fine. Most of the smoke from my electric will go threw the roof seams.
  17. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    I drape a moving blanket over my smoker in the winter to help hold the temp in. It works really well. A moving blanket is a quilted insulated blanket used in furniture moving. I found mine on amazon for $20.
  18. docktoo

    docktoo Smoke Blower

    Is it safe to assume there is a hole for the vent/exhaust, possibly the chip loader?  [​IMG]   I'll have to check out Amazon. [​IMG]
  19. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    I have an offset smoker. I fold the blanket in half and lay it over the food chamber. I suppose you could cut a hole in it if you needed to. I also use it to rest food. Fold in half, lay food in, then fold over. Myron Mixon says something about coolers not letting steam out and can cause briskets to turn gray so he uses a moving blanket.

    This is the one I have; you'll notice it's quilted.
  20. docktoo

    docktoo Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the tip, stickyfingers.  I'll be extending my smokin' season now! [​IMG]

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