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Gurus, I need some advice.  Recently some new people have moved in next door to me. Yesterday I noticed my house smelled like smoke, I look over their fence and see a chargriller barrel smoker puffing away, I think sweet new neighbors like BBQ too, not so sweet its being sucked into my house by the swamp cooler.  I went next door to introduce myself and ask them about moving the smoker to another side of the yard so the smoke doesn't drift between our houses and her response was "No this is how we like to cook, sorry for your inconvenience". I thought her response was pretty rude and I explained to her I am not asking you to not smoke, I just want to see if there is a place where you can move your smoker so it doesn't permeate my house. Fortunately, my Kamado is set up on the south patio of my house which faces the open street so I have yet to be the person who offends the neighbors.  Have any of you been the ones whose smoke has drifted into neighbors homes? if so how did you remedy the issue? or am I asking too much to see if they could move their smoker?

 

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Keith

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Tough call.

On one hand, I would say that you've found yourself some new jerks for neighbors. The response from them "this is how we like to cook" doesn't seem complete. I am wondering is there only one particular part of their yard that they can put the smoker? Something else that sort of "forces" them to put it where it is? Or is this just a preference thing on their part?

 

On the other hand, if he's not breaking any laws - then he's free to do what he wants. That's not to say that you were out of line asking him to move it though - I think that's a reasonable request. It may simply come down to you guys having to close your door/windows so the smoke doesn't come in your house.

 

I am the only one in my neighborhood (that I know of) that has a Kamado and I am sure that the neighbors notice the smoke on some occasions. While I feel bad sometimes (if there's a lot of smoke), there's really not much I can do about it... if the wind is going to blow it to my neighbors house, then moving the Kamado to the other side of my yard isn't gonna make a difference, it'll still blow the smoke there eventually.

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Tough call.

On one hand, I would say that you've found yourself some new jerks for neighbors. The response from them "this is how we like to cook" doesn't seem complete. I am wondering is there only one particular part of their yard that they can put the smoker? Something else that sort of "forces" them to put it where it is? Or is this just a preference thing on their part?

 

On the other hand, if he's not breaking any laws - then he's free to do what he wants. That's not to say that you were out of line asking him to move it though - I think that's a reasonable request. It may simply come down to you guys having to close your door/windows so the smoke doesn't come in your house.

 

I am the only one in my neighborhood (that I know of) that has a Kamado and I am sure that the neighbors notice the smoke on some occasions. While I feel bad sometimes (if there's a lot of smoke), there's really not much I can do about it... if the wind is going to blow it to my neighbors house, then moving the Kamado to the other side of my yard isn't gonna make a difference, it'll still blow the smoke there eventually.

The big problem is I have a swamp cooler, its only air tight when you winterize it :( and I don't know if they are breaking any laws but... My brother is a lawyer with a strong back ground in county codes/enforcement I might ask him if there is anything I can do? I know they are renters and more than likely won't be around for ever, but I was kind of shocked at their response.  

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I warn my neighbors the day before. I also have a fan outside to blow the smoke away from the houses. Buy a fan and point it in their direction

 

I ll need a tall fan but thats an idea!!!! I was really hoping to finally have some decent neighbors!

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My only problem is that my neighbor pops his head over the fence when he see's my smoke and waits for a plate, he does give me a beer so it kind of canceled each other out. My suggestion is to try and become better friends with them and grab a plate.  

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I ll need a tall fan but thats an idea!!!! I was really hoping to finally have some decent neighbors!

Let me get this straight. You have neighbors that are totally into Q and you're complaining about that?

You are the neighbor most of us would hate to have. Complaining about Q smoke. I would give you the same response.

I don't know what a swamp cooler is but if you can't close your windows and doors and keep the smells out of your house I think you need a different cooling system. With that system I would end up smoking myself out.

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This is a swamp cooler, depending on the climate they tend to work better than a regular air conditioner. They have a mesh on all sides of the cooler and water is dripped on the mesh and sucks in the cool air into the house. That mesh can absorb smell and blow it into the house, hens his problem. Really the only thing you can do is hope the wind blow a different direction when they smoke or just turn it off, sucks I know. 

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I ll need a tall fan but thats an idea!!!! I was really hoping to finally have some decent neighbors!

Let me get this straight. You have neighbors that are totally into Q and you're complaining about that?

You are the neighbor most of us would hate to have. Complaining about Q smoke. I would give you the same response.

I don't know what a swamp cooler is but if you can't close your windows and doors and keep the smells out of your house I think you need a different cooling system. With that system I would end up smoking myself out.

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hate to be that guy but have to see ck's point on this one...first time you meet is to lodge a complaint and already talking lawyers?

you're probably the nicest guy but im kinda glad we don't live next door to each other lol.

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The way that the wind blows my neighbors get bbq smoke every weekend. I apologize when I see them BUT they are different than you neighbors because they don't mind (maybe it is because my wife gives them a sample all the time)

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Well let's flip it. What if your new neighbors asked you to move your set up because of the smoke. How would you react? Personally if I was asked I would move it if there was a spot that made sense. But I can definitely understand why your new neighbors would say no. Their home their rights.

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Well let's flip it. What if your new neighbors asked you to move your set up because of the smoke. How would you react? Personally if I was asked I would move it if there was a spot that made sense. But I can definitely understand why your new neighbors would say no. Their home their rights.

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I would gladly move my Kamado if my smoke was bieng sucked into someones house. 

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I ll need a tall fan but thats an idea!!!! I was really hoping to finally have some decent neighbors!

Let me get this straight. You have neighbors that are totally into Q and you're complaining about that?

You are the neighbor most of us would hate to have. Complaining about Q smoke. I would give you the same response.

I don't know what a swamp cooler is but if you can't close your windows and doors and keep the smells out of your house I think you need a different cooling system. With that system I would end up smoking myself out.

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hate to be that guy but have to see ck's point on this one...first time you meet is to lodge a complaint and already talking lawyers?

you're probably the nicest guy but im kinda glad we don't live next door to each other lol.

 

I would rather talk with lawyers aka my brother to know what my options are (He was a county attorney and now about codes and ordinances), sometimes I am not very diplomatic.  One of the reason I posted here was to see if any classy bbq folk had this problem as the offender and find out how they worked it out.  Hell I even offered to buy pavers or flagstone to help them make a place for it in a different spot. I think the guy would have been cool but his millennial  woman was nothing but attitude. 

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