Smoking & Pests

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by tigermeat, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. tigermeat

    tigermeat Newbie

    First post! I am wanting to build a brick offset smoker at our vacation house in North Carolina.  I am concerned about pests, LIKE BEARS, being attracted to the smell.  What are your thoughts? Should this be a concern?
  2. Where in NC? We do have bears here. They have been spotted in Greensboro and Charlotte even. Big cats too. Don't know how you keep them away since we keep stealing their habitat from them and they find it more difficult to find food. Build a fence around it I guess. [​IMG]
  3. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Well a brick one would stand up better than a wsm or a brinkman would.[​IMG]
  4. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What do you got against, bear?

    When you said pests I immediately thought of mooching neighbors.
  5. tigermeat

    tigermeat Newbie

    Murphy, NC.  I've seen bears nearby and am just concerned that it may attract them to our property. I would hate to get up in the middle of the night to stoke the fire and be confronted.  Just curious if anyone else in this region has these concerns.
  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tiger meat, get two sticks and knock them together as you walk to the Smoker.Let them know you are coming[​IMG]
  7. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Works for Bears but not Mooching Neighbors.
  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Around here you mostly have to be concerned about 1 bear.... Bearcarver! Like Sqwib said, knocking sticks together won't scare him off! [​IMG]

    Honestly best thing you can do is to clean up well as soon as you are done, don't leave scraps or anything laying around. Also mount a motion activated light somewhere near the smoker, that will help startle animals and scare them off.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011

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