charcoal to propane

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by matthew brown, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. matthew brown

    matthew brown Newbie

    Hello, I have an offset smoker.  I also have an old propane grill.  I would like to add the burners from that grill to the smoke box.  Are their any pros or cons I should consider?  I was thinking about maybe adding a few coals to the grate in the smoke box to give it a better, more smoke like flavor.  Is that a good idea?  What are your thoughts?
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I added a propane side burner harvested from a gas grill to my upright portion of my smoker, so I have some flexibility.  It works great -- especially for low temp smokes on cheese, fish, & jerky.  Not much to the conversion; I just mounted the burner in the bottom of the coal pan.  I use a small cast iron skillet on the burner with chips/chunks for smoke.  It also works great for starting a chimney of coals!

    Are you thinking of adding it to the SFB?  I wonder if your burners would generate enough BTU's for your cook chamber to maintain 225-250* temps.  Probably only one way to find out...

    Keep us posted if you try the conversion.  I wouldn't think you would run into too many problems.  Hanging the burners so they are solid & keeping the air-fuel mix right are your main concerns I would think.
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You will need to protect the burner from ash if its to be in the firebox and try to have the venturi on the outside of the firebox.

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