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All snug and warm...

Post by Mmmmm » December 31st, 2014, 8:22 pm

Thanks to Harbor Freight drop cloths and moving blankets. I been having a lot of trouble running out of charcoal on long cooks with single digit temps and wind in the last couple of weeks. I'm supposed to throw a New Years brisket in tonight for lunch tomorrow so my wife and I rigged this up. Hopefully it hangs together lol! I think it'll help a lot, don't you?

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Post by Tom_Heath » December 31st, 2014, 8:36 pm

Awesome


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Post by Clover Ridge Smokers » December 31st, 2014, 9:39 pm

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Post by Mmmmm » December 31st, 2014, 9:45 pm

Seriously if this thing makes much difference at all it'll pay for itself in no time. It cost me a grand total of around $25 and took my wife about 45 minutes to sew together.

The top piece has Velcro at the back so it can be lifted off to remove the lid without removing the whole jacket.



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Post by noXcuse » December 31st, 2014, 10:23 pm

Pretty nifty. Just something to think about. I think most of those blankets insides are made from polyester or nylon. Keep an eye out for it melting.

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Post by Mmmmm » January 1st, 2015, 12:02 am

noXcuse wrote:Pretty nifty. Just something to think about. I think most of those blankets insides are made from polyester or nylon. Keep an eye out for it melting.

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Post by Puff » January 1st, 2015, 12:26 am

When they said necessity is the mother of invention, you must of really invented! Nice idea, hope it works out long term


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Post by Mmmmm » January 1st, 2015, 11:50 am

OK, guys, this is a smashing success! I lit this thing and let it come up to temp. I was shooting for 250°. When it got close I started cutting the vents back. I figured for starters I would set the vents how I normally would on an average spring or fall day, one ball valve half open and the other full open. The temp continued to climb. I closed the vents down, down, down and the temp kept going up, up, up. I finally got it reined in at a peak temp of 311°. The cover did not melt or scorch. That question was answered immediately.

Here it is, waiting for the smoke to clean up.

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I waited a long time for the white smoke to clear up and it finally occurred to me that at 12° it was probably steam I was seeing. It smelled good so I put it on.

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The temp rebounded to 275 within minutes. I eventually ended up with these vent settings to maintain approximately 245°. Remember, the normal setting would have previously been one valve full open, the other about half open on a nice warm day. Lately I have been experimenting with an adjustable top vent. For similar 10-15° outside temps I have been running the top vent almost full open, maybe 1/4" of the damper across the edge of the exhaust, and the one bottom valve full open and the other 2/3 to 3/4 open. With the jacket I am down to only one valve open, and that not even all the way, and the top vent only open about 5/16" to 3/8".

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It locked in at around 246 and ran all night. Here is the finished product.
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I am absolutely astounded at the difference this jacket made. I'm anxious to see how much charcoal I used, but judging by the vent area I'm guessing it is a close second to my Big Green Egg as far as charcoal efficiency. I suppose I will end up with less of a smoke ring due to the smaller amount of combustion taking place.



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Post by Puff » January 1st, 2015, 1:05 pm

When I was a kid, I saw an ad for condoms that read " wrap that rascal ". Guess it applies to a few other things! Insulation really has its place. That looks great by the way, congratulations on this new discovery


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Post by Mmmmm » January 1st, 2015, 1:20 pm

Puff wrote:When I was a kid, I saw an ad for condoms that read " wrap that rascal ". Guess it applies to a few other things! Insulation really has its place. That looks great by the way, congratulations on this new discovery
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Post by Big T » January 1st, 2015, 1:45 pm

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Post by Smokeone » January 1st, 2015, 6:18 pm

That is awesome! Is the mrs taking orders? I think she could make a few bucks.
Brisket looks great too! :beer:


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Post by Mmmmm » January 2nd, 2015, 1:42 am

The final results are in. The brisket was good and well received by the in-laws. I was expecting that the smoke ring would be diminished because of the exponentially less amount of combustion happening and my prediction was right, maybe only 1/8" of smoke ring vs like 3/8" on one I cooked with a naked drum in a howling blizzard Christmas morning. In that cook I started running out of charcoal after only 7.5 hours after lighting. A few days later I did 5 butts and when I took them out at around 9 hours the temp was starting to fall off. That cook was around 10°. Last nights cook was around 12° and I shut it down 13 hours after I lit it. In that 13 hours I used roughly half of the fuel. So I've reduced my charcoal usage on cold weather cooks by around 2/3. Here is the remaining charcoal.

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Post by Tom_Heath » January 2nd, 2015, 1:47 am

That's amazing.


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Post by Culinairezaken » January 2nd, 2015, 3:36 am

Looks good!

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Post by Pennywise » January 2nd, 2015, 8:24 am

You my friend have done an excellent job. Congrats on neccessity becoming the mother of your invention.



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Post by The Czar » January 2nd, 2015, 9:44 am

Is it that dang cold up there??!!!


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dcman (The Czar) wrote:Is it that dang cold up there??!!!
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Post by Rodcrafter » January 2nd, 2015, 10:44 am

:LG: :beer:


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Post by Clover Ridge Smokers » January 2nd, 2015, 1:23 pm

I can show you COLD


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Post by Mmmmm » January 2nd, 2015, 1:24 pm

Clover Ridge Smokers wrote:I can show you COLD
No thank you. I've been ice fishing in your country at -37°.



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Post by Clover Ridge Smokers » January 2nd, 2015, 1:26 pm

It feels great when your lungs burn with every breath you take. Let's you know your alive.


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Post by Rodcrafter » January 2nd, 2015, 5:41 pm

I'll take the 77* in Orlando, you guys freak me out with that negativity stuff


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Post by The Czar » January 3rd, 2015, 6:00 am

Yeah ....see...f that


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Post by noXcuse » January 3rd, 2015, 10:44 pm

I like my 4 seasons too much. You guys can have those frigid temps.

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