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Cold weather smokin'

post #1 of 7
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Hi there,

I'm making some pork butt tomorrow for a two-year old birthday party. It's gonna be a chilly one with a morning high of -2 (around 28 fir you folks that use the wrong temperature scale...hehe). Are there any special thing I should do for a successful smoke in that temperature? Should I remove one of the rings in order to make the smoker more compact?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 7

Most of all, shelter from the wind...that's your worst enemy. If you have a convertible-type vertical smoker and can remove some of the height, that will reduce fuel use and increase your potential peak chamber temp. Oh, and definitely keep the smoke chamber doors/lids closed...the heat you loose will take much longer to recover in cold weather.

 

BTW, just below freezing temps? Piece a cake. Try -30*F...that's when you really know it's winter...LOL!!!

 

 

Eric

post #3 of 7

-2*C ain't cold :icon_lol:

 

Smoke away! As Eric mentioned, mind the wind.

post #4 of 7
I'm already over winter! We haven't been above freezing for over a week, and the last two nights, -4, -2. Need a warm snap to break the funk! I'd be happy with 40 degrees right now!
post #5 of 7

Yeah, we've had a week of near or sub-zero nights...17*F right now and getting ready to fire up the WSM 18 for another smoke. The calm winds will make for a bit less effort, but I have wind-protection measure at the ready, if needed.

 

 

Eric

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by forluvofsmoke View Post

Yeah, we've had a week of near or sub-zero nights...17*F right now and getting ready to fire up the WSM 18 for another smoke. The calm winds will make for a bit less effort, but I have wind-protection measure at the ready, if needed.


Eric

There's enough snow here that wind isn't a problem. Fire up the smoker and it makes its own wind screen out of the snow!
post #7 of 7

:rotflmao:...not much snow here...about 6" fell in the last 3-4 days...a little drifting, but hardly noticeable. We generally don't get much snow unless it's an all-out blizzard. The weather makes up for the lack of snow with cold and wind, though.

 

Eric

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