Getting a good seal on an upright

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by joefromsjersey, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Hi all,

    I got a Masterforge upright propane smoker recently.

      It's a good starter, and since I'm new to all this that's a good thing.  In any case, it seems to leak a lot of smoke from the two doors.  What can I do to keep more of the smoke in?  Anything I can do to get a better seal on it?
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am going to give yo a bump back up, there have been a few that talked about this
  3. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Not having done any mods of this type myself, but I've read where folks have picked up oven door gaskets, braided mesh etc.  I've thought about trying to seal the top of my door but haven't been real concerned with it because there's usually enough TBS.  

    Try a search on here, oven door gasket or something like sealing smoker door etc....following is a link I found pretty quickly of a write up I believe on a smoker just like yours.
  4. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I use the same exact smoker for my traveling smoker, when I drag my travel trailer around the nation, and yes, it does let some smoke escape.  BUT, remember, the operative guidelines on this site is THIN BLUE SMOKE.  If you've got a lot of smoke escaping, you've probably got too much being generated anyway and the leaks are helping you.  OK, that is a kinda tongue in cheek response, but it's not far from the truth.  I use to be in that crowd that thought lots of smoke was good (before SMF days, then I became enlightened) but now understand that was not the right attitude to take.

    There are several threads, as mentioned above, for sealing your doors and such.....Believe me, I've made some mods to my Big Block GOSM that would make you wonder if it was a BBGOSM or a MES (glass door).  Yes the glass door is neat but halfway through the smoke, the glass gets difficult to see through and you really need a BRIGHT flashlight to peek in.  I guess what I'm wandering around to is:  Is the smoke really a problem?  Are you losing a lot of heat or is it slow to get to temps?  If it's just smoke, then back off on the smoke generation.  If it's hard to get the temps up to the desired temp, then your question about sealing is more for heat containment.  I really don't have a problem getting the temp up to the 225 to 250 range (ok, if I'm not watching it carefully, 275) so it's ok for me.  Come winter time is going to be the real challenge.  Yes, I try to smoke 365 days a year, if I can, but then where I live is fairly moderate in the temps (just tons of rain).  So if heat containment is your real problem, seal it up.  Oven gaskets seem to be the best option.  The glues to keep it in place has always bothered me.  Several members have resolved that problem.  By The Way:  just because this smoker is small doesn't mean you can't crank out some great smokes from it.  It might not be the biggest on the block, but I'll tell you what, I'm still figuring on doing a 14 lb turkey in it.  You betcha.  Creativity is the rule.  Now, go forth and smoke something.
  5. Thanks guys
  6. richc

    richc Fire Starter

    I have the large Smoke Hollow smoker and I was seeing a lot of smoke escape around the door. I wasn't so concerned with the smoke escaping, but if smoke is getting out there, so is heat. Any decent breeze would knock down temps inside the smoker 10+ degrees. Stronger winds would take the temp down even more.

    What I did was use some high temp RTV from an auto parts store and make a gasket on the door. I ran a bead around the inside edge and waited about an hour for it to form a skin. Then I closed the door to shape it fit tightly I left the door open for about another hour to harden a little more and then latched it closed over night. Now it's a form fitting seal and the only place I see smoke escaping is out the vent.  

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