Smoker wind break

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by mofo, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. mofo

    mofo Meat Mopper

    Has anyone built and have pictures of, a portable windbreak for their smoker? I need to build one for my GOSM and was looking for ideas. It can get pretty blustery here in Kansas this time of year... Saturday, I smoked two turkey breasts and a couple of chickens and they just didn't have a lot of smoke taste to them. I could not get above 245 and the wind was around 30 - 35 mph.
  2. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I am building a special patio and I thnk I will look into a wind break for it. Had a rough smoke this weekend.

  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    I've been having the same problem here in Oklahoma with my GOSM. Up until now I've been tryin' using my SUV and a corner of the house to break the wind, which just ain't gettin' it done. I have a couple of sheets of 4x8 plywood left over from a project last year, and I've been thinkin' of figuring out a way to use these to build an effective yet mobile wind break. I want to be able to set it up for winds from any direction, then move it/store it when I'm finished.
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ha! I tried that one too, moved my car next to the house but the wind just whipped right through anyway.

    Why not get a piece of fencing or plywood, put a few stakes on both sides so it will not blow away or crush you. That's the setup I have used many times, just pull the stakes or even pipes out of the ground when finished and you can store the wood away.
  5. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I am not sure what they are "really" called but I saw a guy at a Chili Cook Off using what we call Welding Block Stands, They are about 4 foot wide and about 6 foot tall, metal frame with a fire retardant cloth tied to the frames.
    He had 4 of them and just arranged them around his cooker. May work

    I did a quick search, they are actually called welding screens.. here is a link
  6. 49tandc

    49tandc Newbie

    A couple of possibilities - Cement backerboard or (easier) Thermyply.

    Thermoply has some insulative qualities - foil side toward smoker. And if you make "hinges" - to connect the sides to the back, out of duct tape... 2 strips of tape, top-to bottom. One on the inside of the seam and then another on the outside - the whole thing folds up easily when not needed.

  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I ended up moving the GOSM up against a 6 ft. fence. It helps but it ain't bulletproof.
  8. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Two 4' x 8' sheets of 1/2" OSB cut 60" with hinges. The heght is up to you. Folds for storage. It's a little heavy but with the wind you're talking about, it sounds like heavy would be an advantage. [​IMG]

  9. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dave, how do you support it from blowing over?
  10. drlouis

    drlouis Smoke Blower

    I use mine on my deck, when the wind is really bad I bungie cord a sheet of plywood cut to about 4x5 to the railing on the upwind side, works ok

    DDave: that would be nice, but no way it would would stand up in winds we get here in Nebraska
  11. mofo

    mofo Meat Mopper

    "DDave: that would be nice, but no way it would would stand up in winds we get here in Nebraska"

    I agree with that. Our Kansas winds would take out the plywood AND and smoker...
  12. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    With those Welding Screens or The set up DDave uses you could always use tent type stakes and rope to tie them down and secure them so the wind wont blow them down.......assuming you are set up on grass or dirt
  13. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I made this one out of a couple old hollow core doors screwed together and screwed some old metal shelving on the top
    left a slit on the top in the back about 3" to let the smoke out.
    I have smoke on very cold illinois temps and winds in the 30s and it works great
  14. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've never really had to worry about it.



    Holy cow, guys!! I thought it was windy here. Apparently, I have it better than I thought. [​IMG] And I have a nwe found respect for you folks you live in those states and still smoke in the wind, that's for sure!! [​IMG][​IMG]

  15. vtanker

    vtanker Meat Mopper

    I grew up in El Paso TX, We did not have a spring! We just watched New Mexico blow by for three months! I'm glad I dont deal with wind like that anymore!
  16. johnd

    johnd Newbie

    Mine's kinda heavy but it works good, and the wind doesn't blow it down.
  17. hawkman1

    hawkman1 Newbie

    I haven’t done it yet but have been planning to use some emt electrical pipe. Put a piece of 1 ½ inch emt in the ground every 2 or 3 Ft aprox 2 – 3 ft in the ground flush with the ground. Then take a few 1 inch sticks of emt as tall as you want the wind break and attach a piece of canvas to them spaced the same as the pipes you put into the ground. Just leave 2-3 ft of emt on one end with no canvas.

    Stick the canvas pipes in the ground pipes then roll it up when you’re done. You can do this around the entire smoker if you want and just put it up where it’s needed.
  18. drlouis

    drlouis Smoke Blower

    I've had the wind push my picnic table all the way across my deck (14'). Its pushed my 24" smoke vault a couple of feet - the force it would apply to a sheet of plywood... yeah the smoker would go down.
  19. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I actually had the wind blow my GOSM over!! fortunately it did not have a load
    of meat in it!
  20. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    My plywood would be in Texas by now! It was real windy today and yesterday!

    UV Index: [​IMG] 2 Low Wind: [​IMG] From NW at 21 mph
    gusting to 31 mph Humidity: [​IMG] 22% Pressure: [​IMG] 30.30 in. [​IMG][​IMG] Dew Point: [​IMG] 12°F Visibility: [​IMG] 10.0 miles

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