Converting wood/coal smoker to gas

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by camping hoosiers, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Everyone once in a while I see a deal on a horizontal wood/coal smoker. It appears relatively inexpensive to upgrade to gas.

    For those of you that have converted a horizontal smoker... what are your thoughts on it? Does it perform as you would like?


  2. Why ? Thats like converting a Rolls Royce to a yugo.[​IMG]
  3. LOL... I knew it wouldnt take long for one of "you" to show up!

    Why? Becaus I'm old, fat and lazy and like gas! [​IMG]
  4. Sorry C.H. Could'nt help myself[​IMG] Gotta go with ehat you like.Plenty of folks here getting great results with gas. I know nuthin about it but someone who does will surely be along shortly with some answers fer ya !!
  5. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  6. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What WD said.

    I love mine!!

  7. Check out the links in my signature to see how I converted my Brinkmann square vertical to use gas. I can switch back to charcoal in a matter of minutes if desired.

    And the mounting of the smoker helps with the "old and fat" portion. I no longer have to get on my knees to check my progress.
  8. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    I have also used for my afterburner WSM kit. It's nice to have when I'm feeling lazy, admittedly I think lump or charcoal tasted better but it works. And I can switch back and forth in minutes.
  9. After leaving many (I mean a lot)bags of charcoal in the rain, and trying to maintain a good temp without a temp spike, I finally changed over to propane. I have a Charbroil Horz, The cheap one ,the conversion cost 40 bucks or so and some stuff I had laying around, I got a Cast iron low pressure burner and a Low pressure reg from Academy Sports $25, Flow control Ebay $10, Misc hardware Lowes $5. I use cheap tin bread pans covered in foil for the smoke, I can vary the temp from 220 to +360 degs. BTW I would think I turned mine from a Box stock V-6 to a 426 Hemi!!!!!
  10. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    the afterburner works flawlessly. no regrets at all. i can acheive temps between 130* and 375*+. i just did an 8 hour jerky smoke and the smoker held 135* for hours, i decided i wanted to speed things up a bit so i ramped up the temp to 145* with ease. i think the horizontal conversions tend to use a bit more propane though. call Ed from gassmoker, he'll hook you up.

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