I cook mainly in BBQ competitions. I replaced my offset smoker with an FEC100 and a CB36. Why the CB? Some of the things I cook took advantage of the higher heat near the firebox of the offset, and I wanted to recreate that with a pellet device.

After a few process adjustments I am now getting good results with both devices, except for one thing: I just can't cook in the rain with the CB.

The FEC with the cover is a tank. Rain, wind, snow? No problem. The CB pellet hold, however, gets water in it even during a light drizzle. Water on the pellets turns them into sawdust, and will put out the fire pot if enough gets in there. I assume it could lead to pelletcrete, but I vacuum out the hold if it gets wet, so hasn't been an issue yet.

To really use this as a competition device or a gas grill replacement, the pellet hold needs to be able to keep water out when the unit is used outdoors.

I am considering making a gasket or maybe silicon caulk seal for the hopper. Has anyone done something like this?

I really love the unit, but it has to be able to operate in damp conditions.
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I would talk directly with Stuart at CS. I've had similar issues and while not designed first for outdoors, it's certainly an aspect of the CB that needs to be enhanced.

Russ

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