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duff645

  • Smokey Joe
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How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:29:37 AM »
Wanted to throw a bone out there:  going to use my 22Ē WSM to do some beef briskets and short ribs. During that timeframe of 5-7 hrs, how are you guys keeping your wsm stabilized at 250F during the winter months?  Blankets?  Canopy tents with wind breakers?  Special contraptions like an enclosed shed?  Wifeís argyle poncho?
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Kneab

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Re: How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 10:56:56 AM »
I use a WSM 18 completely stock.
I've never had problems with maintaining temps for a sustained period of time in the cold.
My experience may be different from others. I have not ever used water in mine. Instead I run my water pan half full with pumice stones, with foil wrapped over the top of the bowl and a depression in the middle for the drippings to collect. Makes for easy cleanup too.
I have only used Stubb's or weber briquettes with oak or hickory chunks. I have had several cooks that my coals have lasted up to 16hrs.
However I do not remember the wind conditions from those cooks. Maybe the wind was calm.
I have thought about cutting a 55 gallon drum for a windshield though. I think that the wind affects it more than the outside temperature does.

What fuel do you plan on using?

This is a pretty typical run from a fully packed ring of Stubb's and oak.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2017, 11:05:58 AM by Kneab »
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iCARRY

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Re: How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2017, 11:50:58 AM »
Never had an issue keeping temps up in my 22 WSM. If itís really windy I might block the lower half with some leftover pieces of plywood.


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tmartin

  • Smokey Joe
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Re: How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 12:42:34 PM »
No real problems keeping my 14.5 WSM going in the cold.  If there is a big ambient temp swing such I've had to open the dampers up to increase the fire a bit which has a small impact on fuel supply.  An annoyance during overnight cooks but not a big deal.   Bought a PartyQ in the fall so I wouldn't have to worry about it so much this winter.

blksabbath

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Re: How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2017, 04:19:35 PM »
Iíll jump on ďno problemĒ bandwagon.  I donít put anything in the bowl, just foil to catch drippings.  The main thing is to make sure you are preheated and have enough fuel.


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bigssa

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Re: How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2017, 06:10:47 PM »
I just live in the south so I donít have to deal with all this cold weather nonsense.

Paul Isa

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Re: How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2017, 12:11:36 PM »
No problems up here.

Jan M.

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Re: How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2017, 02:46:21 AM »
I use sometimes a blanket also on very windy days in order to save save fuel too.

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Jan

TennesseeRebel

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Re: How do you keep your WSM Warm during Frigid Months?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2017, 04:05:12 PM »
I've found that wind is the biggest factor not so much the cold. If it's really cold, 27*F, the other night then I have noticed that fuel doesn't last quite as long. So far if I know it's going to be cold I will usually just light a little more charcoal in the chimney starter when using minion method. It starts out a little bit hotter at first but again it's easily controlled with the vents and I've maintained 225* - 250* very easily!

But hey, take advantage of the cold. Smoke some cheese!!!