Converted offset smoker - heat problems

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by dancg68, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. dancg68

    dancg68 Fire Starter

    I converted my offset smoker to propane and love the ease of it.  The problem I am having is the wood I use for smoke often catches fire, making the heat hard to control.  I use an old cast iron pan for the wood chunks. I have tried moving the pan around the fire box and have put the pan on top of a couple of bricks, thinking that would insulate the chunks from the heat; but the chunks almost always catch fire.

    I was thinking of buying an A-Maze-N-Smoker and putting that in the main part of the smoker and not using any chunks but not sure how that would work.

    Any suggestions on how to keep the wood from catching fire would be greatly appreciated.


  2. Dan

    I would buy a 18" tube and be done with it. You will wish you had done it sooner.

    Happy smoken.

  3. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    I agree with David. When I cold smoke in my offset the AMNPS works perfect but when I run the fire box either with the propane conversion or wood, it won't stay light. The 18" tube does the job without a problem.

  4. dancg68

    dancg68 Fire Starter

    When I use the AMNPS for hot smoking (225+), I am guessing I would place the tube on the opposite side of the smoker away from of the heat source.  The website says not to place directly adjacent to the heat source.

    I am able to keep the smoker at 225 with the use of a needle valve and adjustments depending on weather conditions.


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