Dealing with the wind

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gnappi, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. gnappi

    gnappi Fire Starter

    Several years ago I built a wind block for my chiminea, but after it rusted to dust, I put a fireplace grate in it and for the last year it's been a well protected firepit. Enter the vertical smoker and it's the perfect size to pull double duty.

    When I want to use the smoker I just lift the fireplace grate out, drop in the smoker onto the galvanized car oil change drip pan and paver stones and go.

    It was a bit expensive at ~$320 for the ~114 stones (not including the MANY trips to HD in my little Mustang to get them all) but it works REALLY well and I think it was well worth the money and effort.

    Has anyone else make a wind block for their smoker(s) ?

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    There's plenty of guys that make wind breaks for their smokers, but yours is really cool, Gary!!

    Nice job, Bud!!

  3. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Gary, That is plenty nice, and you did a great job.  Personally I use tarps, and plywood, so I feel a little embarrassed at the modesty of mine.


  4. gnappi

    gnappi Fire Starter

    Thank you Frosty,

    I really had no choice on the design. You can't see them but there are wire trellises with grape vines directly behind the stone wall as well as a Canistel fruit tree directly in the corner only 3 feet away and I wanted to protect those. So stone was my only choice.

    I started out with footpath stones and they were too porous with the wind. Concrete blocks I had lying about that I tried were OK but the square / rectangular shape would have left too much space around the chiminea for air to get in.

    The stones I wound up with are factory cut in a house lot cul-de-sac shape that lent themselves to a natural arc. Once the first couple of courses were done it was clear that it would serve the purpose, strain my back and bank account all at the same time! It took well over a month of many trips in my Mustang to HD to finish.

    They are held together by gravity alone, I elected to not use bonding of any sort because if I ever move all of those stones are somehow coming with me :)
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking wind block! That's the number one killer of temps with any smoker. Getting the wind under control helps a bunch.

    I'll need to rig up mine this weekend. Supposed to get 40+ here. Hurricane force on our coast. Time to batten down the hatches!
  6. gnappi

    gnappi Fire Starter

    Thanks Al,

    I imagine in CF you don't get much wind? I only lived there a few months but I do remember the BBQ smoke always going straight up.

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