I'm 3 hours into smoking a turkey a bit over 11 lbs. This is my first time smoking anything, ever. First off, thanks to Jeff and everyone else here for such a wealth of knowledge and experience to learn from.
I was determined to smoke a turkey today, even when the forecast changed adding wind to the equation. (Plus, I already had the turkey thawing.) It's 25 degrees outside with 25 mph winds. I have the smoker in an area where the house blocks some of the wind. I also made a reflectix and tomato cage windbreak - will add a picture later.
I'm going through a ton of propane. I just had it filled with 20 lbs yesterday. The gauge on the tank is steadily moving toward the red. I've only ever used propane on a grill so I don't know how long this will last. My wild guess is that I can get 2-3 more hours out of the propane. I do have a backup tank with about 10 lbs in it. I'm worried about running out. I knew the cold and especially wind would make this difficult, but it's nail biting seeing how quickly I'm going through $20 worth of propane (more if I have to switch tanks)!
Could the water be part of the problem? Can I remove most of the water from the pan and just use the pan to catch drippings, mid smoke?
I read here that some people use sand instead of water in the cold. I should have checked into that before now. If I use sand, is there a certain type, and do I need to rinse/wash it first?
Thanks, and wish me luck!