Started the smoker at 6:30 and have been fighting to get my temp where I want it. Its like 30 degrees, wind is blowing 25mph, my smoker faces the wind direction and now there is freezing rain headed my way! I was thinking of smoking for an hour and a half then finishing in the oven. What do y'all think?
Now I would try and find some sort of wind break. An old table maybe some plywood or a make shift walls built with anything and a bed sheet. Wind break and start thinking way outside of the box. You can always smoke it as long as you can and then transfer it to the oven to fininsh.
Don't know what kind of smoker you are using so not sure if this will work for you or not but it's working well for me. Knowing that I would be starting out at 6:00 AM with 20 degree temps and a nasty wind I rigged up a wind break and got out a propane heater. I put the heater on a 20 lbs bottle and sat it right under my cooking chamber. The head is probably about an inch from the bottom of my smoker. This has kept the metal warm from the outside well enough to keep the now only 22 degree temp from cooling off my smoker. I've been rocking in the 240 -260 range for 3 hours now and I'm not really burning that big of a fire in the firebox either.
I had a similar problem earlier this week when I was doing some Canadian Bacon and a Wild Boar leg... Made me crazy with the temp bouncing around like a squirrel on crack....:eek:
So I decided to make a wind screen. I took a 4'x8' of 1/2" plywood and cut it in three pieces, the right side at 30" and the other two, center and left side at 33". I used 2 2-1/2" hinges on each side of the center board.
On one side, i used a couple blocks of 3/4" plywood under the hinges so I can fold it up easily...
The right end is cut to 30" so it folds inside of the blocks.
Folded up for storage......
This thing worked GREAT!! I plan on lining the inside with Radiant Barrier like I have in my attic. I think that will close the gaps and protect the plywood from heat:icon_biggrin: