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Entries in Cold weather smoking (2)


The Smoking Jacket

What?  This isn't what you had in mind?  You thought I meant some sort of silk-lined jacket with a cravat? Well then you don't know me very well.

This is my "smoking jacket".  It's an old ski coat that I began using to stay warm while tending the smoker in cold weather.  I love the way it smells.  I love the way it feels on a cold morning.  And I love the way it shows the battle scars of my time tending the fire.

My wife doesn't love it nearly as much as I do!  :)





Tip: Big Green Egg Frozen Shut

Last week, I wrote a post about gasket replacement on the Big Green Egg.  Based on feedback, it's seems like a post on how to get your frozen BGE open is in order.  This is really a pretty simple and there are a couple of ways to go about it.bge_snow

  1. The first method is to remove the ceramic top (You do use your ceramic top to snuff the fire don't you?).  Light a couple of starter cubes and drop them inside.  They'll land on the cooking grate, but should burn long enough and create enough heat to thaw the frozen gasket.

  2. The second method works on similar principals but starts at the other end of the egg.  Light a couple of cubes and shove them through the bottom vent under the fire grate.  Likewise, they should burn long enough to get the job done but with the added benefit of possibly lighting the remaining lump in the BGE (You do use lump charcoal don't you?).  Alternatively, if you light your BGE with a MAPP Torch or something similar you can direct the torch at the fire grate and re-light the remaining lump.

I hope these tips help you out if you find yourself frozen out!


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