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    Off the wall question here, but since my Tejas sojourn is rapidly coming to an end, and since I have dispensation to spend a few $$ on a Smoker to haul up North:

    - Are there smoking woods available in AK? (i.e. Mesquite, Hickory, etc).....trying to duplicate what I do in Texas rather than smoke fish;
    - Are there any sources in AK of a good smoker pit or is one limited to what Sportsmans or Cabelas might sell?
    - For anyone that BBQ's/smokes....how late in the year are you able to cook?


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    Supplies are pretty readily available, and what I cannot get locally Amazon is happy to deliver. If you are looking to buy a big unit to bring up, I would do so to save a few bucks. As far as timing, I smoke and BBQ all year long. In temps below 20, a $30 welding blanket draped over the unit solves the issues of cold weather temp control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fin Chaser View Post
    Supplies are pretty readily available, and what I cannot get locally Amazon is happy to deliver. If you are looking to buy a big unit to bring up, I would do so to save a few bucks. As far as timing, I smoke and BBQ all year long. In temps below 20, a $30 welding blanket draped over the unit solves the issues of cold weather temp control.

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    Fin chaser summed it up nicely.

    +1 for the welding blanket. Works great!
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    Traeger grills make it pretty easy year round.

    We just smoked 80lbs of bacon last week, (home made smoker looks like a small outhouse) with no issues. Wrapped the smoker with a blanket and heat it with a propane burner on low. Chips bought locally.

    No reason to bring more stuff than you need, everything can be purchased locally to smoke your food.
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    Thanks, guys.

    For the typical Alaska smoker, I'll build that when I get back home.

    What I'll be hauling up from Texas is likely a Lyfe-time vertical smoker / stick-burner for a Texas-style cook. Welding blankets are a great idea: may ultimately require 2-3 for the pit I'm looking at but still a good call to extend the smoking season.

    Good to hear that supplies are otherwise available up there.
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