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How to raise temps in cold weather?

post #1 of 10
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Hey all,

 

I did a search but didn't find it.  I live in Maine and yes it's cold as H.

 

I converted my bullett smoker to electric.  Yeah I know.  Anyway, I can't get it hot enough.  Not even close.  I have heard of wrapping a water heater blanket around it?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

post #2 of 10

Are using water in the water pan?  Replacing the water with sand helps to raise temps.  Also blocking any wind ,as wind is more of a heat killer than the actual temp is sometimes.

post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by Badger John View Post
 

Hey all,

 

I did a search but didn't find it.  I live in Maine and yes it's cold as H.

 

I converted my bullett smoker to electric.  Yeah I know.  Anyway, I can't get it hot enough.  Not even close.  I have heard of wrapping a water heater blanket around it?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  


How cold is hxxx. I thought it was hot as hxxx!

post #4 of 10

In WI, it's stated as "colder that f***".  Another misnomer.

 

And, by the way, it is actually "colder than f***" right now...........and winter hasn't even begun yet!

post #5 of 10

Just build a UDS and use your electric for  sausage and jerky.    I'm out cooking chickens @ 350 in single digits and wouldn't matter if it was well below zero. 

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Originally Posted by FWIsmoker View Post
 

Just build a UDS and use your electric for  sausage and jerky.    I'm out cooking chickens @ 350 in single digits and wouldn't matter if it was well below zero. 


What is a UDS.

post #7 of 10

Yes wrap your smoker with a heavy canvas tarp (NOT PLASTIC) or a insulation blanket like you said from a water heater, also like little smokey said block that wind or put something around it, how high are you trying to get your smoker, was -5 here last week no problem in my fridge smoker but I built a shed for it also. What element are you using.??

 

UDS lots of names Ugly Drum smoker, usually  made out of a old 55gal oil drum or something similar, use the search bar above they also have a forum on it to I believe

 

Good luck and let us know how it works for you

post #8 of 10
Uds - ugly drum smoker
post #9 of 10
Here is a link posted that gave my a good idea of what a uds is and how they where built
post #10 of 10
http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/57879/ugly-drum-smokers

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