smoking in the wind

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by bigwalk, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. bigwalk

    bigwalk Fire Starter

    Hey all,

      I am about to fire up the smoker and the wind is quite "refreshing" today. I have a Brinkman vertical gas smoker. Do I need to worry with the wind, will it mess with the temp? What could I do to fix it all? Thanks!
     
  2. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Where do you live?  Is it cold out?  Yes, the wind can wreak havoc on a smoker. 
     
  3. bigwalk

    bigwalk Fire Starter

    North GA. It is about forty degrees out with nice gusty breezes
     
  4. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just try to get it to an area with a little wind as possible.  Or try and create a wind break of some form.  Turn your vents away from the wind.  Good luck.
     
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How hot does that little chimney vent on the top get?

    If it's doesn't get too hot, how about a box a few inches bigger than that vent, with a whole bunch of holes cut in it.

    That would break up the wind, so it doesn't suck the heat out, yet allow the smoke to continue on it's way.

    Just a thought---I use something similar on top of my MES vent.

    Bear
     
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I don't have any experience with a propane smoker, I have a WSM & as we speak I have my smoker going in about 20-25 mph winds. OK it's about 55 out which is just a tad warmer than you, but I just keep the top vent open full & shut the bottom vents all the way down. Just leave one a little bit open on the side away from the wind. It's holding 225 easily. I wouldn't recommend shutting down the top vent because you may get a build up of creosote on the meat. You need to get the air flowing out the top freely. Maybe today it would be better to use your MES . I have one of those as well & the wind doesn't seem to bother them much. Good luck & let us know how it turns out.
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2011
  7. bigwalk

    bigwalk Fire Starter

    Thanks for the input. I dont have any vents on the bottom to control airflow. It is open all the way around the bottom with the propane burner mounted. I wrapped alluminum foil around the base and left enough to still pull enough of a draft to burn cleanly. I think it did the trick. I am holding pretty steady, so I think I am ok. On another note, where can I find out what all of these acronyms that everyone uses describing things? It looks like greek to me!!
     
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Now you can build a wind break out of just about anything from a sheet of plywood to a regular sheet off the bed too. So I would keep in mind what theses folks told you and see what uyou have laying around to create a windbreak.
     
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Here's a list of most of them:
    AcronymDefinition
    2-2-1Method of Smoking Baby Backs - 2 hours smoked - 2 hours wrapped - 1 final hour unwrapped
    3-2-1Method of Smoking Spare Ribs - 3 hours smoked - 2 hours wrapped - 1 final hour unwrapped
    5 Day eCourseA 5 day email course on how to smoke meat
    ABT  Atomic Buffalo Turd - A stuffed smoked jalepeno pepper
    BCCBeer Can Chicken
    BDSBig Drum Smoker
    BGEBig Green Egg
    BSKDBrinkmann Smoke King Deluxe
    BWSBackwoods Smoker
    CBPCracked Black Pepper
    CCSVCamp Chef Smoke Vault
    ECBEl Cheapo Brinkman
    EVOOExtra Virgin Olive Oil
    FattyA 1 pound chub of breakfast sausage turned into a smoked delicasy
    GOSMGreat Outdoors Smoky Mountain Smoker
    KCBSKansas City BBQ Society
    MBNMemphis BBQ Network
    MESMasterbuilt Electric Smokehouse
    OTBSOrder of the Thin Blue Smoke
    PHDPost Hole Digger
    SFB
    Images of Smoked Food.. usually makes you drool;-)

    Side Fire Box
    SMFWhat Most of Us Endearingly Call The Smoking Meat Forums
    SnPSmoke n Pit
    TBSThin Blue Smoke
    UDSUgly Drum Smoker
    WSMWeber Smoky Mountain - Smoker
      
     

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