Dampeners on Propane smoker - Dyna Glo

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by taterbutt, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. taterbutt

    taterbutt Newbie

    Anyone know if opening he dampeners on propane is same effect as on charcoal? Having trouble dialing in if opening/closing heats up unit or cools down... I'm a newbie at this. Take it easy on me!
  2. Welcome Aboard,

    please stop by roll call and introduce yourself. giving more information such as where you are, type of smoker (brand) etc will give us more to go on to help you.

    look up in the search bar referencing "Needle Valve Conversion" there is much info regarding this . many of us with propane smokers have done this conversion for better control of the burner. it is very inexpensive and works. venting then becomes a different issue as with most smokers. again more information given then easier to help you.

    Keep On Smokin,

  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well on my propane smoker, I leave the lower two closed as far as they will close, which isn't all the way. I leave my exhaust open all the way when smoking. I have installed a needle valve so I have better control of the fuel. I leave the smoker set to high and use the needle valve to dial in my temps. I can run anywhere from 120/130 to 500+ with little baby sitting. Depending on your smokers set up there are several types of needle valves. Bayou Classic is the brand that most use. Use the search feature here and type in needle valve.

    Another thing is that wind effects propane quite a bit. I lean a piece of plywood near the lower vents as a wind break.
  4. Depending on where you are what i did was the same as Dirt Sailor except i found on a job site some scrap 1 1/2" ridgid foam that was being tossed out and created a three sided wind/cold break that i could slip on and off the smoker. it works for cold and wind. it was glued together with Urethane Sealant and used aluminum tape to cover the outside edges. on the front i used the tape alone as a hinge.

    FYI i also found that if the sun hit it directly and a fan set (in a lower corner) in reverse (to pull the air) i could help drop temps on some of the hottest days (still needed Ice at times)but gave me options,

    Just my two cents,

  5. I do the same on the bottom, but I usually leave the top as closed as it would go.  I need to get me a needle valve, definitely would make things alot easier for me, though its not very hard to control my Landmann Smokey Mountain.  I definitely need to get plywood though.  On christmas eve when I started smoking there was a little wind, and that made it difficult to get up to temp, but once it got up there it was smooth sailing.
  6. I just bought the 43" wide body and noticed that the side vents were designed to never close. Not a fan of this so I switched the shoulder screw used on the vent with one from the water pan rack. Then I moved the vent door to the outside of the smoker. That thing seals airtight now. I also ditched the stock wood box with a cast iron dutch oven that I have drilled holes in the lid. I fill my wood box with water so that when the water boils off, the wood starts to smoke. Plus the dutch oven get much closer to the burners.
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There's a teas N why those vents are made to not close all the way. Propane smokers require a ton of oxygen to run properly.

    This is a safety feature and they shouldn't be closed airtight.
  8. I put the vent on the outside. Now i have complete control.
  9. There are 4 large vent holes beneath the burner for oxygen. More than enough to supply them. Plus the castiron pot makes the wood smoke perfectly.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2016
  11. *Update* I did a seasoning burn and thanks to being able to close the vents all the way was able to maintain 226 degrees for over an hour.

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