any tips or tricks to smoke in very cold wether?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rob sicc, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Hi all,

    Now that winter is here I find myself wondering if there are any special techniques, tips, or tricks to smoking in very cold weather.  The temp is expected to go down to below freezing and I need to smoke some jerky.

    As always, I appreciate any and all help.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. I've smoked jerky successfully at temps as cold as -15F. Two methods I've used to retain heat in the cook chamber, this was on two different electric smokers.

    I had a very nice custom stainless steel smoker I acquired which a friend who is a carpenter built a wood box around it then wrapped the box in 2" foam board insulation. The other was a home built electric smoker I made from a small fridge. I simply wrapped that smoker with a thick old wool blanket ( wool holds up to 70% of its heat value even when wet ).

    For each of these I poked a hole in the front of the smoker and pushed a probe style thermometer through the insulation and into the cook chamber to monitor the chamber temp.  If you have a wireless therm you wouldn't need to do that.

    I'm sure you'll get other ideas from the members here, just relaying what worked for myself. Hope this helps. - Ed

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