I sometimes have been accused of being from MO. Always got to see for myself (Show Me). Just like my plan to smoke in CG with 20-35 mph wind on Thursday. Well, that probably won't happen as "NOW" they are calling for rain on Thursday as well. Oh well the blanket isn't a wind break as much as it an insulator.
And for that, it worked great yesterday! Breeze was between 15-20 mph. I smoked a ton of saved chicken bones for stock, and then large chicken thighs on smoker. Blanket worked great! Could lay my hand on the smoker and all it did was feel good. Touching the metal barehanded was another story. I had no trouble holding temps between 325* and 375* the whole time. Chicken came out fantastic. Cooked though well, fat rendered, but crispy, skin. This is the 1st time I've cooked chicken in the CG for some reason. I guess I was afraid of not being able to control temps above 300*
That blanket did the trick.
The blanket did not help with side to side diff in temps as I thought it might. But it worked great for maintaining temp even in wind.
As I had to rotate chicken around from side to side to get done evenly, I did notice that the chamber temps recovered a 100% faster, or more, than usual, after opening the lid.
That is a BIG PLUS!
I've come to the conclusion that without a lot of expense, it is impossible to keep even temps all the way across the CG.
So I'm going to do away with the crap I have stuck inside, and just deal with it. I end up having to deal with it anyway. LOL
I may add some mass to the bottom next year, but probably not. If I can rig a quick way to hold the thermofelt to the bottom that will help.
If I had a shelter for rain/snow, I would leave the felt on. But mine just sits in the yard with no roof to protect it, so I have to put on, and take off things, to keep it dry.
It's just like camping in a pup tent vs a motorhome.
I actually like that looks good brother!! All my sewing will be done by the wife though she rocks at it and will make it look pretty!!
Are you saying my stitching isn't pretty vdoss89? LOL I used heavy upholstery thread from a neighbor. I used blue, because if I used the black, I would have never got it done.
Eyes aren't what they used to be any more.
Now when I add some felt to the firebox end, I think I will try to use Permatex RTV, because most thread is not all cotton or wool, and will just melt at higher heat of that end.
Other than moving inside stack to an inch, or two, above grate level, and using stack on outside for draw, this is above and beyond the best mod for CG I've done so far.
What is really stupid of me is took no pic's yesterday, AND worse yet, Kept no log on my first ever chicken smoke. I always keeps logs.
Stupid, stupid, stupid! Guess I'll have to do them again so I can get a log. LOL
Edited by fpmich - 10/28/15 at 1:14am