Smoking with high fire danger

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by a g k, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. a g k

    a g k Fire Starter

      Just curious what others do during high or extreme fire danger. I live in Wisconsin where we had very little snow last winter & little rain this spring. All the state is in very high or extreme fire danger with very low humidity. We are not the only states with these conditions. I really don't want to be responsible for causing a fire that burns down some homes or land. Am I being too cautious by holding off smoking anything until conditions improve?

  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    What kind of smoker are you using? And do you live directly in a high danger area? It is the fire season down here in Florida but I am deep in the suburbs so there really is no danger for me.
  3. I have smoked on equipment which traditionally have less of a wild fire risk.  I live in a high-desert, which perpetually has dry conditions which can create significant wildfire risk.  There is less of a risk of spark with Electrics, WSM, mini-WSM and Kamado cookers; these types do not require you add wood/charcoal mid-smoke.  The also have the benefit of getting a full night of sleep on an overnight cook.  The downside is, you lose the romance of tending a fire while sipping a cold brew for 12 hours straight. 
  4. a g k

    a g k Fire Starter

    Thanks for the replies. I have an electric Bradley for one of the smokers that should be low risk, BUT less than 50 feet away is a wildlife area with a lot of tall dry grass. Don't want a gust of wind to cause a problem.

  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I wouldn't worry about using an electric. The only way I could see it becoming a problem is if the unit malfunctions and catches on fire. 
  6. Shouldnt be a problem. A buddy of mine use to live in an area like that but used charcoal and wood instead. He would just wet down the area with his hose just to be safe and always had a fire extinguisher or 2 around.
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Check with your local/county authorities and follow their directions implicitly!

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