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I'm brand new at smoking. Always wanted to learn and now I can . I have a Char-Broil American Gourment Smoker,Bbq, grill setup. I've grilled for ever but never knew what smoking was until I moved to Texas. Now I live in beautiful Idaho (and man is it cold) . Does it take longer to smoke in 30 degree or should I wait for warmer temps before attemping my first smoke.
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Welcome aboard!

I smoked today at 50-45 with no additional help. In colder climates, some folks use smoker insulation. A quick search will help a lot. I personally have wrapped an entire smoker in extra layers of heavy tinfoil in order to raise the heat.
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Also, wind is your enemy.. Make sure you have a wind block.
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Welcome. Nice to have you on board.

There is a Forum for just about every subject. So pick the one that fits your situation and ask away. Someone will be able to help you in no time.

Stay Warm,

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Welcome to SMF! Sign up for the 5 day ecourse, it's full of tips! And wind breaks work wonders for temp maintainance. When it gets REAL cold, I have a heavy chunk of sisal carper <natural fiber> I wrap the ECB in...might be tough with your rig, but the windbreak should really help.
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Welcome to SMF. This is THE place. Build a 3 piece plywood windbreak using piano style hinges. When you do not need it it will fold up flat for storage.
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PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif Welcome to the SMF PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif The "wind break" is a "must". I see your from the Boise area. I'm near Twin.
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Welcome to SMF! This is a great place to learn about smoking. The folks around here are always ready and willing to share their experience. Just make yourself at home and look around.
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Welcome to SMF. I'm here in the Boise area, and I can assure you that you can continue to smoke all year around. Yesterday I brought 2 salmon fillets to completion, had no trouble maintaining temps.

Tell us a little about your equipment, that'll help us answer your questions more definatively.

It's 0630 and I just put a turkey breast in the smoker. If I can ever be of assistance, please let me know - here, pm, or email.

Let's see, think that makes a total of 4 Idahoans on the membership roles now! Hoohaaaaa, we'll have to start a state chapter soon!!!!

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As you can see, there are many friendly folks here always willing to help. Welcome to the forum.
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Welcome aboard Kimo! Don't let the cold weather stop you, just do what's being posted and you'll be smokin' year round!
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Welcome to the SMF Kimo!smile.gif
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Welcome to the SMF,Kimo! We'll help you any way we can. I think wee're supposed to get some of that cold weather next week. They say it's going to be 35 degrees at night here.
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Welcome from yet Another Idahoan! I joined recently, and this place is great. Tons of good info and friendly folks here. Have some fun and start digging through all the threads. I'm in Lewiston, so too far north of all the other Idaho folks for any smoke get togethers, but if you ever find yourself lost near the panhandle, give a shout!
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Welcom and ditto Rich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Welocme to the SMF. Glad to know you're interested in smokin', regardless of the outside temp. You might want to consider some type of shelter/insulation. Good luck my friend, by next summer they'll be smelling your Q all the way to Idaho Falls.
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