Building A Box For My Smoker?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by chad1109, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. chad1109

    chad1109 Newbie

    So I have a 40" masterbuilt smoker. It works good enough but like everyone else I am sort of having trouble keeping temperatures constant. I was thinking about building a plywood box around it and insulating it with some 1.5" pink foam insulation I have laying around. Anyone care to chime in if they have ever done anything similar? I mostly just am not sure what to do about the smoke vent that is in the back on top. I need to be able to get at it obviously but I want it covered so it is not subjected to wind. I also need a way for the smoke to leave the box I guess... 
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So the best way to get consistent temps is to install a needle valve. This is what you will want to get. If you have a Lowes nearby, they stock this item, this one was $20.99. Wind does effect the temps but not that much. With the needle valve installed I can control my gas smoker as low as 130° and higher than 500°. To operate you turn the smoker adjustment to high and control the flow of gas with the needle valve. You can make very small adjustments and maintain temps within a few degrees. A simple shield around the base of the smoker can help block wind from entering, but isn't really needed any higher. I can tell you (going on over 10 years with my gas smoker) the best mod you can make is to install a needle valve.

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  3. chad1109

    chad1109 Newbie

    Well that is some great info to have. I will go pick one of those up tomorrow after work. My new thermometer arrived today so looks like I will be all set to smoke this weekend! However I may still build some sort of structure to keep it in just so I don't have to keep moving it out and under the canopy for my porch.
  4. lamar

    lamar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    DS is telling you right on the needle valve. It becomes set-and-forget. As for the wind vs is a mod I put on mine to block most wind. It is very simple to add.

    Good luck and good smoking.

  5. bill1

    bill1 Smoke Blower

    Insulated boxes are the way to go if you're trying your utmost to reduce your gas usag by not wasting heat.  But they don't help temperature fluctuations, they'd only make it worse.  The fine control the needle valve gives you is what you want.  

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