Wind and temperature drop.
Yesterday I went up to 7000 or so feet. I left at 7:15 with coffee and donuts to start at 8:30 or so. It was perfect for a while. Then the temperature dropped to 55 degrees. The worst part was that the wind picked up. I took my umbrella down.
My cart has no bottom under the fire box. In other words I can see the ground when I remove the spillage pan. Seems like plenty of cold air and wind was getting in there. Even the lids were lukewarm and most of the time I can't touch the lids. I have to use my tongs to uncover the food.
I noticed a couple of years back on a friends DIY cart the firebox was enclosed with a louvered vent on oppisite sides of the cart for the firebox heat. I don't understand the open bottom concept under the firebox.
Would one of you engineers slinging dogs make a suggestion that might help me. The water in the spillage pan even quit boiling. Also, because of the wind my Grill's flame was dancing all over the place, and it took longer to grill the Dogs.
I learned a lot yesterday. I'm thinking of making a fireproof bottom for my cart with a handle so it can be removed if necessary. I don't see why it needs to be opened on the bottom. There isn't any grease or other flammable debris that could accumulate and cause a fire down at the bottom.
Thanks for any help on this too.