Author Topic: Winter Storage  (Read 145 times)

Offline REMMER1551

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Winter Storage
« on: November 25, 2018, 06:08:26 pm » Toronto get some snow but wondering what I should do with the smoker over the winter?  Do I have to store inside? Can I leave it outside with the cover on it?

Any past experiences would be helpful - thank you

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Offline Gafala

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2018, 08:56:20 pm »
I leave mine outside with a Bradley cover, it has been outside since 2011 no problems even with a PID and every thing just keeps working. By the way I'm in Washington State so we do get snow also.
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Offline Habanero Smoker

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2018, 01:58:00 am »
I live in New York. The last several winters we've been getting frequent heavy wet snow, and I store mine outside. If you have the digital, you may want to consider bringing the generator indoors.

After going through four covers; I gave up on the Bradley covers. They are very susceptible to UV damage, and in the summer my smoker gets a lot of direct sunlight. The sun causes the cover to become hard and brittle, and during the winter months it is prone to cracking. A couple of years ago I purchase a third party cover, and I'm very pleased with it. There are no signs of UV damage, and it still remains somewhat flexible during the winter; so it will not crack. Their is no problem with moisture, as it has an air vent. There are adjustable side straps to keep the cover secure.

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Offline manfromplaid

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2018, 06:11:47 am »
I live in alberta. my smoker is the digital and I have it outside in a small plastic shed. I leave the generator on it but bring my PID into the house after every use. But I do heat up the shed before using the smoker in the colder months. a small ceramic heater works fine.