Hello and Location Questions

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by zohar, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. zohar

    zohar Newbie


    I just bought my first smoker, a Masterbuilt dual fuel pro.

    I put it together and can't wait to try it out. When reading the instructions I noticed that they "recommend" a 10' space on every side.

    I have the smoker on a balcony (wood), and have about a 4' clearance on every side (I grill on the balcony as well).

  2. I'm an extreme amateur, with probably a dozen or less sessions under my belt over the last two years.  That said, it's my opinion that 10' is a little over the top; I'm sure they are basing that on some recommendations by their lawyers :)  I've got mine in a corner of our deck, about 3' from the house, and about a foot or so off of the deck rail (to the rear).  I've checked surrounding surfaces for increased temperatures and found very, very slight warming of the deck rail, and a little more on the deck directly below the burner.  Neither were anything I'm going to worry about. 
  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board, and be careful!

    I see two main hazards: dropping coals onto the wood, and having a big flareup over the gas, like fatty bratwurst or chicken getting out of hand. My sister used to live in Dade County FL and they don't allow grills in multi-story buildings.

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