Just curious if anyone has any tricks to share while smoking in the winter months. I've heard of a cover for some of the other brands, just curious if anyone ever tried one of these. I heard it can help promote heat retention up to 25 degrees. That would be wonderful, especially for Turkeys.
There are a few things you can do to help it.
1. First, be sure your smoker is out of the wind.
2. Do not use an extension cord. If you must use one get a heavy duty cord that is made for a large appliance, at least 12 ga.
3. Pour hot water into your water bowl puck catcher.
4. Heat a couple of bricks wrapped in foil and put them on an empty rack.
5. Further insulate the outside of your smoker with something like a water heater blanket.
6. Keep the top vent open. Do not be tempted to close the vent completely to try and hold in the heat.
7. Add a second 500W element or replace the original with a finned 900W. If you do that you'll also need to add a PID controller. There are "how-to" guides available on how to do this.
Here are some more ideas:When/if it gets cold out...Insulated Blanket/CoverNormal temps...