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In Reply to: turkey on an electric smoker ( I use a WSM!) posted by Bluestek on December 14, 2011 at 00:50:51:
I cooked a 13 lb turkey for Thanksgiving on my WSM at 350. The air temp was low 30s and wind chill in high 20s. It is difficult to get the 350. I did not use water in the pan (foiled it), keep all vents pretty much open, and set my digi at 350.
Of course the digi made things easier. You can prop the door open (slightly) and that will heat things up considerably. I've used a stick to do this in the past and you do have to monitor the temp more than otherwise. I opened the door too much one time and before I knew it the temp was over 400.
Some users put temporary insulation on the WSM. I've never done that and you would need to be careful about the material you use. There is an episode of Pitmasters were Harry Soo insulates his WSMs, but I don't know what he used.
Five to six hours at 275 seems like a reasonable guess to me.
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