Cold Weather Smoking Tips
You can still enjoy your smoker during the winter months, it’s just important to keep a few things in mind as cold weather smoking can require a bit more preparation and precautions.
First, you’ll want to ensure that there’s a clear path to your smoker. If there’s any snow on the ground, take the time to shovel a safe path from your home. You also want to make sure the smoker is on level ground and not sitting on a pile of snow.
When cold weather smoking, the temperature outside is obviously colder than during the spring and summer which means it could require more time to reach the ideal temperature. When preparing for winter smoking, remember to allow for extra time to get the smoker up to the right temperature.
Ottawa winters can be brutal and it’s not uncommon to have high winds, heavy snowfalls or even freezing rain. If you’re attempting cold weather smoking during high winds, keep in mind that you might have to adjust the vents to prevent high-temperature spikes from a gust of wind entering the smoker. Light precipitation shouldn’t affect the ability to smoke your favourite foods—just ensure that rain or snow isn’t entering the smoker.
A final reminder is about the smoker lid. It can be tempting to open the lid of your smoker to check on progress, but keep it closed! Every time you open the lid, you’re allowing cold air in, lowering the temperature inside and possibly extending smoking time.
Don’t let cold weather prevent you from enjoying your smoker, just make sure you plan ahead of time and allow for extra time.
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