Shocker With my Mini

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by bandcollector, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I had a very strange experience with my Mini this past weekend.

    Smoked some chicken wings in 3 degree weather and couldn't get more than two hours out of my full basket of Kingsford using the Minion method.

    I'm gussing that the gale force winds that were blowing were the culprit!

    John
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2014
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wind can be a factor for sure. I have smoked in sustained 40-50mph winds but haven't ever had the basket not last that long. I only had one of the 3/4" side valve vents partially open though. I have burnt through a whole basket of plump in 2 1/2-3 hours before doing a high temp smoke and starting with a fully lit chimney.
     
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I try to keep my mini out of the wind.

    2 hours is fast.
     
  4. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That is why I am baffled!

    Next time I will use a windbreak...I was at a friend's house so I really didn't have all my accoutrements with me...LOL!

    John
     
  5. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah John,

    If there is ONE issue with the mini is that it appears it does not take the wind too well.  Less mass = less heat retention is my guess.   However... Whats a few extra briquets under seriously adverse condition in exchange for the other awesome attributes and portability of the MWSM? More than a fair trade if you ask me!

    Congratulations  on that new banner next to your name my friend!  Looks great!

    B
     
  6. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Brian...A true gentleman indeed!!!
     
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member



    This works great in the wind and cold.
     
  8. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

     
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  9. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sorry, I will exit now.

    Sorry again.
     
  10. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    John, I use Kingsford for my Dutch oven cooking as well as using them in my Mini. Yeah-if you don't have a wind break (even with the D.O's) that wind will make you go through the charcoal.

    Hey c farmer-what is your wind break made from? Got to build me a new one. My son stole my plywood wind screen for a building project. He said he was too cheap to spend the bucks needed to buy a half sheet of 3/4 ply. Dang kid anyhoo! :biggrin:
     
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  11. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Dutch,

    Discovered that the day I tried to do the wings in 3 degree weather and a brisk wind to boot...God I hate Winter!!!

    I was at a friend's house and didn't have my windbreak with me or things would have been a bit different.

    Actually I thought that the wings would have been done by the time the coals started to burn out...No big deal though, I just finished them in the oven.

    Thanks,  John
     
  12. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Please do not apologize...You were only trying to help and I appreciated your concern.

    Take care,  John
     
  13. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My screen/break was a 4X4 sheet of 3/4" exterior grade ply. It was cut into 2-2X4 pieces and joined back together with a 48 in piano hinge-it would fold flat for easy storage. I build it way back when I had my ECB. I use a smaller break that is 4- 12 in. X 12 in sections joined with 12 in piano hinges so that it will bend around the contour of the d.o.'s-the hinges are off set so that the screen will fold down to 3 inches thick.
     
  14. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_13357-56291...tix&pl=1&currentURL=?Ntt=reflectix&facetInfo=

    Work's great.
     
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  15. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

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  16. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It will actually melt the snow on the inside of the insulation in a perfect circle.  So it works at keeping heat in.
     
  17. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    Yea, great info. Me too.

    It will definitely help with the smoker running at low temps for sausage.
     
  18. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's post like this that make me thank the Lord I live in Texas...  
     
  19. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Heres a pic for ya B.

     
  20. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit


    Yep coldest day of the year..-20 and 50 below WC.    That was a fun cook.   Did have the mini running at 350 doing a bird though. [​IMG]
     

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