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Winter smoking

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by iceman6409, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. iceman6409

    iceman6409 Fire Starter

    Hi All. I have a really old Cabelas bullet style electric smoker. I live in Rochester NY where the winter temperatures can be very very cold. My question is I am pretty sire there is no way I could smoke on that outside in the winter. The freezing temperatures would be wayyyy too cold for the smoker to handle as is. Is there anything I can do to insulate the smoker to try and get temperatures to around 225F? Also let it be known 220-225F is about as high as it goes on a hot day. Let me know any thoughts or ideas. Thank you in advance.
  2. zwiller

    zwiller Smoking Fanatic

    Welding blankets are the preferred method for insulating a smoker for winter. Honestly, I say ditch it and go MES. I think the coldest I smoked in was -15F and worked fine. No blanket or anything. I am not easily impressed but I am with this smoker.
  3. ravenclan

    ravenclan Smoking Fanatic

    welding blankets but i also built a wooden box to put my smoker in. during the winter in Oklahoma, not only the cold but the wind kills my heat but with the enclosed wooden box i don't have a problem.
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  4. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Also might consider like moving it to a place protected by other structures; IE Behind the garage. Every little bit helps.

    If you need to trick sensors into starting..well. Use the good ole hair dryer trick :)
  5. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Arizona comes to mind.... :rolleyes:

    If I had to (again) deal with frozen butt weather, I'd have an enclosed porch (if possible) and have a smoker I could put a stack outside with.
    MES (the box type) have insulation to really help hold the inside temperature.
    But it depends on what you want to do.
    If I lived in Rochester, I think I'd go sleep on Al's couch for the winter. ;)
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  6. SecondHandSmoker

    SecondHandSmoker Meat Mopper ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks like it might be time to consider an insulated electric smoker since those bullet style smokers are pretty much non insulated.
  7. I wrap my WSM in a welding blanket and put a small wall around it too.