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Cold weather BBQ’n

ShwiezzeeShwiezzee Posts: 304
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Just question to the eggers stuck with winter. This will be my first winter with the egg. I’m wondering with the cold/extreme cold, do I need to do anything different and will the temp change from vary cold to vary hot effect the egg?

Thanks
J
I'm ashamed of what I did for a Klondike Bar.

Comments

  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    nope nothing will change except what you are wearing and you need a shovel to get to them :) we will NOT be wintering in Maine this year YAHOOOOO :woohoo: but in Port Charlotte FL instead :) But our eggs are very handy and hard working in the winter just as they are in the summer :)
  • Wear thicker socks and a sweater when you go out to cook
  • Shwiezzee,

    When it is extremely cold like -34C you have to open the vents a little more. I think there is a greater thermal transfer through the ceramic. To me the egg is a lot easier to regulate in the cold.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,152
    There are a few things you might like to do to get ready for winter. If your Egg is on a deck/patio, by a door, place the Egg closer to the door, and keep a snow shovel handy.

    Get a cover for the Egg, just so spells of freezing rain don't end up shutting it with a shell of ice.

    Expect that it may take a bit longer to come up to temperature, but once there, it will act the same as in warmer weather.

    If you use a torch to start the Egg, keep the gas tank inside, cause the amount of pressure from a ice cold propane/MAPP tank will be too small.

    Consider hot toddies instead of beer while you tend the Egg.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    no issues, no change. really.

    the thing absolutely loves snowfall. my temp holds better when there's a nice quiet steady snowstorm. pretty cool

    you won't notice any difference in fuel consumption. there might be one, but i haven't ever noticed it.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Thanks so much guys,

    We got our first few inches last night and the thought of not being able to use my egg was causing some anxiety! I will do all the above including the toddies instead of beer. ;)

    Thank-you
    J
    I'm ashamed of what I did for a Klondike Bar.
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    We are having very strange, but nice weather here in Maine this week, over 60 today! I will take it. we are packing to go to a huge show in VT and this is much kinder to the furnaces with the doors open toting stuff out to the truck and trailer.
  • Have a good but safe time!

    take care
    J
    I'm ashamed of what I did for a Klondike Bar.
  • NilsNils Posts: 82
    I would be amazed if anyone had said there would be any real difference.

    No direct BGE experience in winter, since I just bought my one-and-only in September. But I did have a Weber while stationed in Germany oh-so-many-years ago. I used to use it when ever I was not out on maneuvers. I did get a lot of "look at the crazy American" looks when there was 2 foot of snow on the ground, and the wind was doing 20-30 knots, and temp was in single digits (farenheit) and I was cooking stakes. Only difference I saw under those conditions was that the side facing the freezing rain/snow had a 2 inch or so area that was noticeably cooler looking - so you move the steaks a few inches over, and run back inside where its warm!

    Take extra safety precautions though. These are obvious, but still happen too often in my book:
    1. Wear gloves when handling anything metal! bare skin burns and sticks to frozen metal similar to hot metal

    2. Don't forget your beer outside - frozen beer does not taste as good as "cool" beer

    3. Watch your footing on ice/wet surfaces. Just because you'll eat something after you dropped it on the ground, doesn't mean your guests always will

    4. Store your lump in a dry place

    5. If you wear glasses - be prepared for them to get fogged up (going from inside to out, outside to in, opening grill top, etc)

    6. Keep plenty of extra lump on hand. If/When power goes out, can still cook plenty of great food!
  • RRPRRP Posts: 12,700
    The egg doesn't mind the cold - just the chef, but the proper mixture of adult anti-freeze cures that problem. When this picture was taken last winter here in Illinois...
    IMG_2125.jpg

    note the -14° outside temp - I forget the wind chill factor but it was cold!
    IMG_2131.jpg

  • Egg - fine.
    Egghead - not too good.

    GG
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