Using The WSM in bad weather

Discussion in 'WSM Owners (Weber Smokey Mountain)' started by gallagherpilot, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. I am smoking a turkey on Wednesday the day before thanksgiving. The weather channel is calling for rain and snow that day. Does anyone have some tips on running the WSM in bad weather is it even possible?
  2. woundedyak

    woundedyak Smoke Blower

    Just keep it out of direct wind and rain. Don't worry about outside temp. I've ran mine in -30 weather and it ran like a champ. It just ate a ton of fuel. Wind is what kills the WSM. It won't get past 150degrees. If you don't have a place to keep out of the wind and rain. Start thinking about a temporary shelter for it now. There are a ton of ideas on this site.  If it's just cold and snowing, you will be fine. 
  3. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wrap it in an inexpensive welder's blanket from someplace like Harbor Freight.  Then use squeeze clamps to secure it together (also Harbor Freight).  It won't matter what the outdoor conditions are then. 

  4. Thank you Noboundries the turkey came out great during the winter storm! I actually had to fight high temps because the blanket was working so well.
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    $40 6 ft. x 8 ft. welding blanket and 3 or 4 spring clamps from home depot at $2 each. I can run in windy conditions at 25° F.

  6. Careful. I read recently where some welding blankets "shed" fiberglass slivers. Don't get that one.
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They do a little bit (mostly when new), but I never am messing with the blanket when the lid is off the smoker so it's never on the food. Main issue is you get a little on your arms, but just rinse them off with some water and your good. Now that my blanket is over a year it hardly sheds at all.

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