Insulating Pit with Welding Blanket

11-10-10

IMG_4193With the cold, wet weather rapidly approaching the Northwest, I thought I’d try something I’d heard about for helping to reduce pellet consumption – draping a welding blanket over the pit when cooking.

Pellet consumption did go down with the usage of the blanket, but I found a nasty negative to this practice.  The blanket is great for low and slow cooks (below 300 degrees) but at the higher temperatures that the MAK can hit – the blanket can burn and the heat trapped against the pit can damage the powder coat!

If you are going to use a welding blanket (I got a 5×5 blanket at Harbor Freight or $20) – use it ONLY for the low and slow, and you won’t have to worry about fires or pit damage.