converting a propane smoker

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by smokinitup, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. Is it possible or even worth the effort to convert a stand up propane smoker to a charcoal smoker. Relatively cheap
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Sure what kind of smoker and we can give you for tips
  3. Smokey mountain vertical single door
    .needs cleaned really good but its still solid no rust or holes
  4. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sure is.. I did one for family up in TN a couple of years ago and they're still using it... If there is a BIG hole in the bottom for the burner to come up through... ya strip the burner and it's holder out and then cut a piece of metal to cover the hole (If I remember correctly, there was a lip on that hole preventing me from putting a cover on it. So i used a jig saw and cut out around the lip... made the hole a little bigger though) ... you can screw or pop rivet the metal to cover the hole... ether use a rack to set a charcoal basket on (2-3 inches off the bottom) or make a charcoal basket that has legs to hold it up off the bottom (it's better if you can make a basket that has gliders on it so it will slide into one of the rack holders at the bottom. then your ash pan can slide out without moving the basket) (save the rack for food).... I was lucky enough to find a cookie sheet that fit perfect in the very bottom to act as a catch pan (easier cleaning)... and there ya go... put whatever ya always put from the charcoal up (ie. waterpans, heat syncs, catch pans)...
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2013
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Ok you'll need a couple of things.

    1) make a charcoal basket with legs to keep it off the bottom of the smoker by maybe 4-5"

    2 ) you need some bottom air intakes. Do it like a UDS, (4) 3/4" intakes...cap two of them and put ball valves on the other 2

    3) put a rack a few inches above your basket to hold a heat diffuser just in case you need one or want to catch drippings.
  6. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    forgot to ask.. it does have air vents on sides and top... doesn't it ?
  7. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    when we go up and visit, I always do a cook on it and it actually performs really well.. as long as it's sealed everywhere really good
  8. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    You can make it smoke like a mini'll love how it cooks
  9. It has a big round bottom where the burner sits heres a pic if it helps
    .like I said it needs a good cleaning cause ive had it stored for awhile
  10. There's an air vent on the top
  11. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Yea I'd seal up that bottom hole with a steel plate and put in those 3/4" holes on the sides about 2" from the bottom

    The top vent is perfect
  12. Cool, thanks everyone, ill give it a try later and let you know how it worked. Just didn't know if it would get enough air flow but the holes sound like a good plan for that
  13. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    exactly... first thing ya do is take the pressure washer to it... strip the burner and the brackets off... see the lip on the inside around the hole ? I wanted that out so an ash pan would sit flat on the bottom and not on that ring... so I cut it off from the bottom side..

    you will need to make some intake vents on the sides at the bottom though...
  14. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is a GOSM Charcoal model that I changed over to Propane.

    Just remove the guts and find a fire pan.
  15. Sorry for the delay, life kinda got in the way.but anyway i cleaned it all up, stripped it down
  16. Cut a few holes for the side vent and uesd a pizza cutter for the vent cover
  17. Filled the hole with a coffee can to catch the ash and aluminum foil on the rest, bought a wok for the grill to use as a charcoal basket
  18. Tryed it 3 different times moving the basket to different hights , but the temps just continually spiked up and from 200 to 400, so I eventually cut the top off and made a fire pit out of it
  19. But I did make some hot dogs stuffed with cheddar and jalapenos wrapped in bacon, they were good

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