Insulated Blanket?

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Anyone found an insulated blanket that works with the EX4? It was 34 out today and I burned through a lot of pellets during 10 hour cook. Thought might use less if was more insulated. Maybe Weber will come out with one in the future.
 

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Hope so. It gets cold and windy here in Michigan. I'd like to see some kind of shield for the smoke ports too that we can put on in windy days to prevent wind from directly blowing into the ports. Something with magnets that can be easily installed and removed as needed maybe? In the mean time anyone try a welding blanket for insulation?
 
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I like the vent block idea! I did a couple cooks two weekends ago where we had wind gusts over 20 mph most of the day. Fortunately it was blowing into the front of my SmokeFire And I didn‘t notice any issues with either cook. Yesterday it was cold and a little breezy but hitting the bank on my SmokeFire. When I got up and started it there were snow flurries but no wind so I didn’t move it. where I had my extension cord I couldn’t turn it without having to unplug it. next time I’ll make sure that it has more available slack just in case wind changes.

I’ve seen some people using welding blankets, just would like something made for the SmokeFire so wouldn‘t have to try to rig it up for the vents or opening the lid or hopper. Might pick one up next winter if nothing comes out.
 

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Hope so. It gets cold and windy here in Michigan. I'd like to see some kind of shield for the smoke ports too that we can put on in windy days to prevent wind from directly blowing into the ports. Something with magnets that can be easily installed and removed as needed maybe? In the mean time anyone try a welding blanket for insulation?
I do not live in climates that cold if I can possibly help it so I have no Ideas on the blanket. As for the vent blockers......Yep! When doing low and slow or heavy smoke on my Weber Summit SS470..........I posted here or there about my trials and tribulations to make this gasser the most even cooker I ever had and still have.......One thing I forgot to mention is blocking the vents. Originally I used wads of heavy duty aluminum foil and just kept them in a reusable bag. I then "upgraded" to cutting up some high temp silicone trivets and I still have them numbered in a bag for different cooks.
 

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I sketched up a quick drawing of a wind blocker. Something like this maybe? Sorry...I draw like a 3 year old.
smokefire chimney wind blocker.jpg
 

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Yes the top would be open but the bottom and sides would be solid. If it rains it would need some drain holes and/or a cap to block rain but the simplest form is just open on top.
 

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Well, I guess I was commenting on the wind factor. I think that with a steady flow of pellets the SF will do just fine. I won't but that is another matter.
 

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Well, I guess I was commenting on the wind factor. I think that with a steady flow of pellets the SF will do just fine. I won't but that is another matter.
I’m just bustin balls. Sorry.

I can’t agree more about shielding the wind in general.
 

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I'm worried about the wind and the cold. I BBQ/smoke all winter and have been know to be out in -20F weather. A wind break is possible but I still want some sort of insulation so I don't burn through so many pellets. I'm not sure if suppliers up here will stock pellets in the winter(I stock my winter charcoal in September).
 

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I'm not sure if suppliers up here will stock pellets in the winter(I stock my winter charcoal in September).
Several of my local Sam's and Walmart stores are out and I was told they do not expect more until spring. In north Texas? What are they thinking? I guess Academy and B&B will be in my future.
 

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There is a real shortage of both charcoal and pellets. They cannot keep up with demand.
Plus, it is heating seasons in the Northern US and Canada and a lot of pellet stoves out there...I am willing to bet that most pellet producers do not just dedicate their production to smoker pellets.
 

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