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Using a WSM in cold weather

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kenno 2429, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. I posted this once before with no responses so I figured I would re-post but word it different. Has anyone had any luck using a WSM in cold temps and keeping temps stable? I'm in MN so it does get cold here, don't want to go without Q during the winter and have some things planned for Christmas cooking. Any help is appreciated. :help:
  2. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Cold not so much the problem as wind. Block that wind and you will have a much easier time regulating temps. And skip the water in the pan...just use the vents.
  3. Do I even put the water pan in? Seems like I would be cooking over more direct heat then?
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I smoke in cold weather all the time and I have found that filling the water pans with sand and them foiling really helps with the temp swings. Your adding thermal mass and unlike water, it doesn't evaporate causing moisture and cooling.
  5. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Yes , I would put the pan there....either empty (foiled) or possibly as dirt sailor suggests , with some sand or a clay saucer. You can try all these combos and see which works best for you...personally , I am all done with water for any purpose , but I do occasionally use a dry heat sink like sand or a brick. YMMV :grilling_smilie:
  6. Silver bullet jacket and a DigiQ, even below 32 degrees outside I can still keep the WSM at 225 for twenty hours!
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  7. kenno2429

    kenno2429 Newbie

    Does it have a vent on the top for exhaust? Would a water heater blanket do just about the same thing? Kind of spendy but interested in trying something. Any pictures?
  8. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit