First dedicated smoker...

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by biaviian, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'm looking for my first dedicated smoker. I like propane because you have more control over the temps (from what I'm reading).  I see most like the GOSM so I think I'm going with that.  My issue/question is what size.  As far as cost goes I'm fine with the BB from BassPro.  I just don't know if I should go with the larger one.  For the most part I will smoke 2-4 racks of ribs, or a shoulder, or a brisket.  I will hardly ever do more than that (I may throw some veggies or sides in).  So will the BB work as well if I have it mostly empty?

    Can you see yourself (or do you) move the BB smoker?  I am wondering about loading it on a truck and moving it for a party/picnic. 
  2. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The footprint of the GOSMS are relatively small and don't vary a whole lot from one to the other, look on my blog for comparisons


    A nice thing about having a wider smoker is that you do not have to cut your ribs,

    2 racks per shelf and a pot of beans or chili and some appetizers on the bottom shelf, and that BB is full already.

  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You probably could, if you remove the racks and chip box that would knock down the weight considerably.

    Its about 90 lbs and if you remove fore mentioned, I would say about 60 lbs.
  4. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I read your blog and loved it.  That is why I decided to go with the GOSM.  The only thing I'm worried about is if I only fill one rack (or even half of a rack) will my BBQ suffer?  Is there an optimal 'fill level' for every smoker?

    I'm very new at smoking so I don't know all of the ins and outs of smokers.  I did go through the E-course (I actually paid for the downloads) and I have Jeff's sauce and Rub.  I am also a very good cook and baker so I think the only thing missing is a good smoker.  I think most people would go small for their first smoker but I can't see doing that (I like growing into things) unless the lack of use will cause an issue.
  5. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would say there is no optimal fill level, you could smoke one wing if you wanted too.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I would definatly go with the bigger smoker. You won't reget it at all for you can lay down a couple of racks of ribs on each shelf and then load the other racks up too. Now i have the smaller unit and it good but I also now have the smoke vault 24". I could get the big block here where I live. But I still use my small block smoker for sausages and bacons.
  7. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks all for your responses.  I think I'm going with the big block.
  8. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Well I just ordered one.  Now I can't wait for it to come!  [​IMG]
  9. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You should be ok, but it would kill me to just throw 2 racks of ribs and nothing else.

    2 racks of ribs will take up a rack, and if you trimmed off the skirts and rib tips, that would be another rack, you can always throw a frozen pizza or some appetizers on the other racks for munchies, while your doing your ribs or a big pan of beans or chili.
  10. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Very good point.  I threw some burgers in the last time and they were the best burgers I've ever had.

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