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dirthauler



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PostPosted: Aug 11 2012    Post subject: smoker blankets Reply with quote

Does anyone know of a insulated blanket or a heat proof wrap for a smoker? I am one of those crazy fools that would be grilling in the middle of a blizzard. I tried smoking once last winter and it did not work. I am not sure if it was the smoker or the propane regulator,tank or both,but the flame either was way to low or went out complety. So I am not sure if a smoker blanket or something for the propane tank would help any. Thanks for any help
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PostPosted: Aug 11 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of guys on here use welders blankets to keep there cookers warm in the winter.
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PostPosted: Aug 11 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

when needed with my old gone smoker I used those heavy moving blankets.
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dirthauler



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PostPosted: Aug 11 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canadian Bacon wrote:
A lot of guys on here use welders blankets to keep there cookers warm in the winter.


Now would cold weather affect propane at all,especially the regulator? Or is it that the smoker is not insulated that is causing lack of flame?
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PostPosted: Aug 11 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

dirthauler, I'm not posetive but I beieve gas pressure will change with temperature. Cold weather may lower your pressure, not shure how much.
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PostPosted: Aug 11 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="dirthauler"]
Canadian Bacon wrote:
A lot of guys on here use welders blankets to keep there cookers warm in the winter.[/quote

Now would cold weather affect propane at all,especially the regulator? Or is it that the smoker is not insulated that is causing lack of flame?

Cold weather can slow the flow of propane. Other causes are the regulator malfunctioning as well as if equipped the OPD valve restricting the flow. On gas grills sometimes if you crank the tank valve open quickly the safety valve in the OPD fitting will contract slowing the flow, unscrewing the valve and re- seating it then opening slowly will result in a better flow.
These are just some scenarios I have ran into.
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PostPosted: Aug 11 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canadian Bacon wrote:
A lot of guys on here use welders blankets to keep there cookers warm in the winter.


That's what I use.
http://www.harborfreight.com/4-ft-x-6-ft-fiberglass-welding-blanket-67833.html
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PostPosted: Aug 12 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pressure will change with temperature according to Gay-Lussac's Law. Not a huge pressure change over 40 to 80 F, though. About double the psi, if this chart is correct.



Here are more charts:

http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/propane-vapor-pressure-d_1020.html

About 30 psi at 0 F, 175 psi at 100 F. That's noticable. If I pump a bike tire to 30 psi, it compresses. A road bike tire at 110 psi is very firm.
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PostPosted: Aug 12 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blankets are for babies......throw an extra log on the fire and your good to go.
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PostPosted: Aug 12 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I am a baby CB....Doing commercial BBQ w/o the bankie cost me A LOT more in logs....A $20.00 welding blanket did wonders for my heat stability, retention and fire management - knocked off a log every 2 hours [?] in severe cold / blizzard - even heavy cold rains [ before getting the roof over her] ...Looked like a shiny prom dress on my Lang for the first couple smokes, then looked like she had been out behind the woodshed, filthy little tramp all rollin around in the mud after just a few cord and cases of butt juice seeping out on it Shocked Shocked
I use the same blanked on my scrap build to keep the tires cool, until I find enough scrap [ and time] to fab up some heat deflectors....
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PostPosted: Aug 12 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calm down guys......just a little C.B. sarcasm. Wink Very Happy
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Canadian Bacon wrote:
Calm down guys......just a little C.B. sarcasm. Wink Very Happy


LOVE the sarcasm CB!! Love my bankies too bro, almost as much as my winter profits Wink
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