Weber Kettle upgrade?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by longarm, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. longarm

    longarm Newbie

       I am using a Weber Kettle with a Smokenator. I cook year around and would like to come up with some type of 'blanket' to help hold the heat in. If there is a downside to the Kettle/Smokenator setup - it is the limited amount of coals it will hold to keep temps up at colder outdoor temps
     
  2. You can get that reflective insulated blanket thing that people use to wrap hot water heaters and such. You'd have to leave the top uncovered somehow. I have no idea how you would fabricate it but it's an idea.
     
  3. Oh BTW I see this is your first post, go up to roll call so everyone can say hi to you. Welcome to smf!
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Lots of guys use Welding Blankets to keep their babies warm...JJ
     
  5. It's essentially more of a fuel mass problem than a heat retention problem. On cold days, get rid of that little smokenator setup and just bank your coals behind a couple firebricks laid slightly overlapped and then wrapped in aluminum foil and used as a barrier. Works great. Here's what I'm talking about:


    Bury some wood chunk under the unlit coals and you're smokin'!
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2015
  6. For me here in se pa, smoking year round , a 4'X6' welders blanket and some spring clips is a must in your arsenal. It will conform to multiple applications, cut that wind chill, retain heat and help with temp recovery. Very affordable, +\-$20 amazon/harbour freight. Just remember not to cut it.

     

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