GOSM- Propane usage

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by dwiens, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. dwiens

    dwiens Fire Starter

    I am looking at buying one of these. How much propane does it use for smoking? I dont smoke that often but looking to increase production and having a better unit than my electric ECB.
  2. dingle

    dingle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have done at least three long smokes(10-12 hrs) on one tank full. I think its very efficient.
  3. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kinda depends on outside temp. Been using mine since June, at least once a week & haven't changed the tank yet. Uses WAY less gas than my grill.
  4. dwiens

    dwiens Fire Starter

    Kind of what I thought, so thanks, that helps!
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I recently had a friend ask me how he could tell if his 20 lb. propane tank was near empty. I own 2 tanks so I don't really worry about it. So in searching for a good answer for him, This is what I came across from Wikipedia.
    The only accurate way to measure the propane left in a propane tank is to weigh it. Engraved on the side of the tank should be the letters TW then a number. This number is the empty tank weight. For example, the typical 5 gallon propane tank might say TW 17.2. The weight of the empty tank in the example is 17.2 lbs. Next, weigh the tank on a bathroom scale to find the total current weight. Let's say that the current weight of the tank is 24.2 lbs. To find the weight of propane simply subtract the tank weight from the total weight.
    24.2 lbs - 17.2 lbs = 7 lbs
    Each gallon of liquid propane weighs 4.23 lbs. Divide 7 by 4.23 to get the number of gallons currently in the tank.
    7 ÷ 4.23 ≈ 1.66 gallons of propane
    I use a GOSM big block with a BTU rating of 18.000. Based on my spreadsheet I'll get about 5 hrs. burn time per gal.
    I tried this and it worked for me. I hope you can benefit from this.
  6. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job on the calculations Richso!! Points!![​IMG]
  7. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    In Florida with our temps, I usually get 4 to 6 smokes out of a 20 lb tank.
  8. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I average bout 6 long smokes, in the 10 hour er more range on a tank easy. Always keep a spare though, ya just never know when that darn thins gonna go dry on ya! Well ya can, but I still keep a spare anyways!

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