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Old 10-22-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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Cold Weather BBQ

I want to do maybe 2 pulled porks this weekend on my WSM. I live in the Seattle, WA area and well it is cold at night and raining often. Even the days are not very warm lately already. So I was wondering if there are any tips for BBQ in the cold/rain. I am pretty sure it will not rain this weekend so I am not as worried about that as I am the colder weather. Rain tips would still be appreciated for the future.

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Old 10-22-2007, 03:09 PM   #2
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Unless it's constantly pouring, the rain won't hurt anything. If it's a good steady rain, make a foil tent to hang over the top vent. If it's going to rain alot put it under an umbrella, carport, etc.

As far as the cold, I never cover mine up. But some folks will use a WSM Jacket or a hot water heater blanket. Good luck
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:26 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot Larry, last time I did some Q and it rained the temp seemed to drop a lot quickly, perhaps it was coincidence though, it only rained for a very short time.

I will give it a go and see what happens.
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Been cooking in Seattle area for a few years and the weather for this weekend should be no problem but as stated protect the cooker from the wind and you should be fine.

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Old 10-22-2007, 04:07 PM   #5
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Take either the top or bottom out/off of a 55 gal barrell and sit it down over the top of the gizmo. Few bricks along the bottom edge so it can draw some air along the bottom edge. If the lid of the barrell is intact it will usually have two holes on top..one small and one larger. Make sure those are open. If the lid of the barrell comes off...just invert it the other way and drill a few half inch holes around the edge to vent it a little around the top. Put some handles on the barrell about mid way down cuz it gets hot.

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Old 10-22-2007, 09:36 PM   #6
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It just won't work....WSM's aren't made for Qing in the cold or the
rain....ignore all previous advice and save yourself a TON of hassle
and buy a gas cooker.

If you pay the shipping I'll let you send that WSM to me and I'll be
kind enough to pay the disposal fee at the recycling center for you....
but only this once!

You'll be fine... just do what everyone says already. Protect it from
the wind with some sort of 2 sided shelter and possibly a top if it's
raining constant.......

Good luck and don't forget the food porn!
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:02 PM   #7
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What these guys said, well, except SJ. If you can stay out of the wind, your WSM will take most anything Seattle weather can give you. One caveat, is I've cooked in snow but never a really hard rain.
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:27 PM   #8
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Some kind of rain protection can be important. The flange that the lid fits into faces up, and it will collect rainwater that will run down the inside and into the charcoal/ash bowl.

One time (emphasis on one), I left my WSM out in the rain after a cook (it was only sprinkling when I took the meat off), and later when I started to move it into the garage, I discovered that the bottom was full of water up to the vent holes. Take my word for it, a slurry of Kingsford ash can be a problem to dispose of.

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Been cooking in Seattle area for a few years and the weather for this weekend should be no problem but as stated protect the cooker from the wind and you should be fine.

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Old 10-23-2007, 08:45 AM   #10
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Here are a few ideas from the virtual bullet.

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