Cold weather smokin'

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bernarc, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. bernarc

    bernarc Fire Starter

    Hi there,

    I'm making some pork butt tomorrow for a two-year old birthday party. It's gonna be a chilly one with a morning high of -2 (around 28 fir you folks that use the wrong temperature scale...hehe). Are there any special thing I should do for a successful smoke in that temperature? Should I remove one of the rings in order to make the smoker more compact?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Most of all, shelter from the wind...that's your worst enemy. If you have a convertible-type vertical smoker and can remove some of the height, that will reduce fuel use and increase your potential peak chamber temp. Oh, and definitely keep the smoke chamber doors/lids closed...the heat you loose will take much longer to recover in cold weather.

    BTW, just below freezing temps? Piece a cake. Try -30*F...that's when you really know it's winter...LOL!!!

  3. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    -2*C ain't cold [​IMG]

    Smoke away! As Eric mentioned, mind the wind.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm already over winter! We haven't been above freezing for over a week, and the last two nights, -4, -2. Need a warm snap to break the funk! I'd be happy with 40 degrees right now!
  5. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah, we've had a week of near or sub-zero nights...17*F right now and getting ready to fire up the WSM 18 for another smoke. The calm winds will make for a bit less effort, but I have wind-protection measure at the ready, if needed.

  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There's enough snow here that wind isn't a problem. Fire up the smoker and it makes its own wind screen out of the snow!
  7. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG]...not much snow here...about 6" fell in the last 3-4 days...a little drifting, but hardly noticeable. We generally don't get much snow unless it's an all-out blizzard. The weather makes up for the lack of snow with cold and wind, though.


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