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Any new Michigan Members?

Danno44

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Welcome TomCrump TomCrump I have a cottage 26 miles east of TC. Wind can cause issues, if possible some type of windbreak can help. Looking at your setup (nice), looks like it may be possible to place plywood or even a tarp. Both removable when not needed. Guessing you Smoke year round?
 

anglerman

Meat Mopper
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I joined the forum a few months back, but just "discovered" the Michigan group.

I'm from Traverse City.

My first smoker was an electric Masterbuilt, followed by the Dyn-Glo pictured in my avatar. Both are gone. (my son-in-law has the Dyna-Glo)

Currently, I'm cooking on my trusty Weber kettle, Weber Genesis, and recently purchased Weber Smokey Mountain and Yoder Wichita.

While I enjoy the kettle and gas grill, the WSM and Wichita have been a revelation. For me, both produce better results than I've been able to achieve before.

I have a question, though. As you guys know, it's been windy. Too me, it seems to alter temps in the smoker.

Assuming that this happens to most pitmasters, what is the best way to counteract it's effects ?

Thanks for any help that you may provide.
Welcome... The wind can be a major downer I dealt with it Saturday down here by Lansing even using my large 250 gallon tow smoker. Sucks all the heat right out of the steel. I was shoveling wood into like never before. Really the only thing you can do is some type of wind shield.
 

TomCrump

Fire Starter
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Thanks for the welcome, guys.

The plan is to get some sort of roll up sun shield, placing them on all four sides of the Yoder's "garage". I've seen them at big box stores, in the patio section.

You guys verified my thoughts.

My deck gets too much snow for me to smoke during the snow months. Shoveling a path to the big smoker is more work than I care to do. The Yoder has already been put to bed.

I plan to store the WSM in my garage, and place it outside the service door when I smoke. I can easily monitor it from the garage, or by bluetooth, from my living room.

Will the WSM need a blanket, or anything else, to perform well in the cold ? I assume that it will require some type of shielding from the wind.
 

anglerman

Meat Mopper
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And most all of them will function without blocking wind you’ll just go through more fuel.
 

TomCrump

Fire Starter
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Joined Aug 11, 2019
Thanks.

I wondered about using a blanket, but I may try a smoke before purchasing one.

Smoking during the Winter is new to me. I have lots to learn.
 

hillbillyrkstr

Master of the Pit
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Welcome donzi.

I just sent a duck to algonac yesterday to get mounted.

We have a big Michigan gathering at my place I Fowlerville every September. A lot of meat gets smoked. You should try to stop by next year.

Scott
 
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