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netcetra

Cold Temps

I'm writing from Canada. It's a typical cold winter this year.
I have a question regarding maintenance and operation of my <a href="http://www.pigroast.com/60pages/model60m.htm">model 60.</a>
I've read the Blog and Tips sections of your website and found some very useful information. Have you ever heard of someone operating their cooker at outside temperatures near the freezing point of water? Would it have an adverse effect on the cooker?

Fire brick in the bottom of the firebox under the grate. fire brick also on top of the firebox on those rough days. Use the half as thick (they are thinner) firebrick, not the full size. Some folks use a heat resistant type blanket on the cooker.. most don't.
Hope this helps Also when you can, turn the cooker with the wind so that t...he wind hits the firebox door.
Bean

I've operated my 108 many times in temps below 32 F.  You just need to use a little more fuel.  Other than using a little more wood you shouldnt have any problems.
Walter Bredel

I live in north eastern Pennsylvania and cook all year round. After cooking a few briskets in 10F with strong winds and snow that took almost 26 hours. I decided to insulate the cooker with 2 movers quilts, it worked great! I was able to get the internal temps to 190F-200F and the times down to 14-16 hours. Be sure to keep the quilts from direct contact with the firebox and you will use more fuel, I use oak....Hope this helps and good luck next winter.....WB[/b]
PorkQPine

Lay some firebricks on top of the firebox when it is really cold.
Catfish

When I cook in cold weather, I always build a wind break around my cooker.  Once I get to the temp I want, minus the wind, I'm good to go.  I have lined both of my Lang's with firebrick and it does help hold the temp.  Remember, the first law of thermodynamics is that heat goes from hot to cold.  Lining the firebox insulates the firebox and slows the heat transfer to the cold steel and leaves more heat for cooking.
Peteymugs

Re: Cold Temps

netcetra wrote:
I'm writing from Canada. It's a typical cold winter this year.
I have a question regarding maintenance and operation of my <a href="http://www.pigroast.com/60pages/model60m.htm">model 60.</a>
I've read the Blog and Tips sections of your website and found some very useful information. Have you ever heard of someone operating their cooker at outside temperatures near the freezing point of water? Would it have an adverse effect on the cooker?

Fire brick in the bottom of the firebox under the grate. fire brick also on top of the firebox on those rough days. Use the half as thick (they are thinner) firebrick, not the full size. Some folks use a heat resistant type blanket on the cooker.. most don't.
Hope this helps Also when you can, turn the cooker with the wind so that t...he wind hits the firebox door.



Do you use half as thick bricks or full size bricks under the in the firebox under the grate?

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