Cold weather smoking question.

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by a-ok pressure, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. a-ok pressure

    a-ok pressure Fire Starter

    I have a GOSM. I cleaned the screen to get a nice blue flame. I ran the smoker for 1 hour on the highest flame possible and the internal temp only reached about 290 degrees. The outside temp was about 40 degrees.

    If I close down the 3 vents will that increase the internal temp?

    What do you guys who live in cold parts of the country do to get a good smoking temp out of your smoker? 
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You want to keep the exhaust vent wide open. Some of the guys wrap the smoker in a welding blanket. Also some kind of wind break will help.
  3. duanes

    duanes Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    First, check to make sure you have a mostly blue flame all around the ring.  You need to leave the bottom vents open but you can close the top vent to get a little higher heat (unless the tab is bent, you can't and should not close the top vent all the way.  If it is windy out, you need to provide a wind break.  A fire resistant material (welding blankets work fine) around one or more sides will help retain the heat - you can go all out and do an enclosure like I did for my GOSM - see pic below.

    If you repeatedly have good temps for 20-40 minutes and then the temp dips dramatically, you may have a problem with the regulator and/or the tank.  I had problems in the cold with some tanks that worked fine for awhile but then iced (the inside) of the line and restricted the propane.

    My GOSM with insulated cart - tested in 20 degree temp and ran for over an hour at 400 degrees.


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