-39c smoking!

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Hey all, this weekend we have the coldest days this winter so far hitting with -25c with it feeling like -35c or colder. I plan on doin a roast in be Ironwood, I wonder how it’ll handle the cold for a few hours. I’ll keep everyone updated. It’s also going to hit -40 to -45 next week with the wind chill, but that might be asking for trouble... also gonna try smokin some cheese. Wish me luck!
 

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Nice! I'm sure it will chew up the pellets lol. Are you using a blanket? We haven't been that cold yet here to test a cold run. Cheers
 
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Nice! I'm sure it will chew up the pellets lol. Are you using a blanket? We haven't been that cold yet here to test a cold run. Cheers
No blanket yet, I want to see how this thing can handle without one. Other than demolish my pellet supply haha. I’ll pick up a blanket at some point, maybe for the next long cook.
 

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I haven't used my blanket yet but it's ready to go. Coldest cook so far has been -10c as that is as cold as we have had so far. It does however chew pellets at that temp and a bit more fluctuation in terms of temp control but so far so good. I figure my blanket on temp will be around the -10c from here on out just to save pellets.
 
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Alright so today with the wind howling at 23km/h, -27c felt like -39c. Ignition was quick and was up to temp quicker than I expected! Once lit it fluctuated no more than 5f from target. However I did experience a bit of a slowdown, when I went to put the meat on. I forgot to run the probe at the same time and when I opened the lid again the wind picked up and killed my temp. It took about 10 minutes sitting at 140f-ish before it started climbing again. It also didn’t like trying to keep a low temp, I wanted smoke flavor and that’s at 165-190 I’ve found. It fluctuated a lot tryin to keep that so I just ran at 225f for the duration and it went quite well otherwise! Bark was good, and the center was a perfect medium(my preference). All In all, very happy with how it handled the weather today. Total in 5 hours lit: 30 mins lighting and getting back up to temp, 3.5 hours at 225f and the last hour to crisping up my bark at 400f; I might have burned 10-15lbs of
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