View Full Version : Smoking in the rain

11-16-2012, 12:55 PM
Want to smoke up my fillets from Berry yesterday and have had issues with it taking forever when wet out, should I just freeze and wait for better weather? The smoker is a place where is dosent get rained on except maybe if there is a heavy gust of wind.

11-16-2012, 03:11 PM
I'm thinking that if your smoker maintain the desired temperature, you should be able to smoke your fillet. I don't think it knows if its raining or not http://www.ifish.net/board/images/smilies/whistle.gif :nerves:

11-16-2012, 06:56 PM
Yea i just have a little chief, no thermometer or temp controls. In doing a little research I found people will put filets in oven on low for a few hours with door cracked first to help speed up the process. I will probably not do that, but thought Id throw it out there for yall. Also notice that during periods of high humidity the condensation inside the smoker is greater than in the summer. I guess its not that big an issue so I should just go for it, though it sucks using a hole bag of chips or more for one batch.

11-16-2012, 07:34 PM
I have a small charcoal bullet smoker and have smoked whole chickens in the rain with no problem. It does have a warm/ideal/hot gauge on it though

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11-16-2012, 07:39 PM
I wrap my barrel cooker in R19 insulation when its cold.






11-17-2012, 05:08 AM
No you got me to thinking being that I can't get out to Bodega due to this front, I think I'll go smoke some Salmon to snack on while watching some football tomorrow http://www.ifish.net/board/images/smilies/wink.gif .
Humm smoked Salmon and Crab dip...sounds like a winner http://www.ifish.net/board/images/smilies/whatsign.gif

11-17-2012, 07:35 AM
Crab sounds delicious but I prefer white fried fish lol hahaha. Been a long time though since I tried fresh smoked Salmon

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11-17-2012, 10:53 AM
Seon, I was talking to Kent, he said he's been feasting on crab for several days straight. I've never had a chance to get tired of it, don't know how you could. So many ways to enjoy it.

49erbassman, I love fried fish, but smoked salmon done the right way is pretty tough to beat. A time consuming process to be sure, but well worth the results. There is no reason the weather should stop anybody from having a smoker going. Just have to think outside the box a bit.

11-17-2012, 10:56 PM
Ok I built a makeshift tin shed to shelter the smoker and that worked ok but I think my problem is I am loosing too much heat through the thin aluminum walls. I think SteveO's idea is going to be my best solution. Been in the smoker since 9:30 this morning, should be done in an hour or so I hope, I want to go to bed!!

11-18-2012, 09:04 AM
When it's cold out you either need more heat or more insulation. I learned the hard way too with the long times needed in the winter!

I'd recommend a thermometer for your smoker. That way you can monitor the temp inside and get better consistency.

Good Luck,

11-18-2012, 05:03 PM
Insearchoffish. It might be easier to attach the insulation to the tin surround, maybe make a vented box you can just set over your smoker. Those Lil Cheifs aren't too big right?

I have the same trouble with a cabinet style smoker I have, but I crank the burner up enough to compensate.

11-19-2012, 07:23 AM
Does anyone else have any experience good or bad with these little/big chef smokers??Any opinions?Went to use my brinkman an it got ruined by rust,locally here all we have is k mart an the chefs are all they carry....Thanks ...Don

11-19-2012, 08:14 AM
Best on I have seen over here was a purpose built shed with a dog run on the outside. The guy had stainless steel racks inside with a pot belly stove outside. The heat from the stove mostly heated the dog run and dog house. Smoke was available to the inside of the shed as well as the heat from the fire. He was a hunter for the most part, but did some fish smoking as well......Jetspray

11-19-2012, 11:09 AM
Lots of people I know use the big chiefs with good results.

Does anyone else have any experience good or bad with these little/big chef smokers??Any opinions?Went to use my brinkman an it got ruined by rust,locally here all we have is k mart an the chefs are all they carry....Thanks ...Don

11-22-2012, 05:28 AM
Automotive firewall insulation that is fire proof works better (no glass additives in the food). Some of the smoker companies make covers for their smokers that you can buy online as well.......Jetspray