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Smokers Shelter Expands Cooking Season

Aug 17, 2007
Many people hooked on smoking do not let weather stand in the way of a good smoked piece of meat. While the weather may be unpredictable, having your grill protected by a smokers shelter will allow it to be used in all but the worst weather conditions. It can be permanent or temporary and can have three, four or five sides.

For general protection from the wind, a three-sided structure will usually suffice but the sides should be a minimum of two feet from the sides of the smoker. The materials used on the smokers shelter can be whatever you desire, but if it is to be temporary should be light enough to be installed quickly.

If planning a four-sided shelter you must also plan for an entry and exit and you will need to insure it allows for rapid exit if the need arises. A smokers shelter with five sides should have a gap where the walls meet the roof to allow for proper ventilation. A small pavilion-style building with removable sides makes an ideal smokers shelter and the permanent nature of the roof provides more stability.

Fight The Factors Not The Weather

While cold weather will have an effect on the amount of fuel used in your smoker, the wind is the real culprit in maintaining a constant temperature. The wind may blow the heat out of the cooker and may also get in through the vents, lighting more fuel, driving the temperature up. A smokers shelter designed to block the smoker from the wind will help keep you cooking regardless of the weather.

There are those who have built a smokers shelter to surround their smoker during use, and then decided to leave it in place when not using it. They have all advised to line the inside of the box with aluminum foil to help reflect the heat back to the smoker. Additionally, three-inch holes on two opposing walls of the enclosure will typically provide enough air as well as one three-inch hole at the top to allow for the exhaust.

By using heat shield insulation you can make an insulated jacket as a smokers shelter for your smoker to keep the wind from affecting how it works. It will need to wrap the entire height of the smoker, allowing enough room at the top for the exhaust. The material must be able to withstand temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees.
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