How do you guys start a cook?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by fordman, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. fordman

    fordman Smoke Blower

    I just bought a GOSM and am wondering how you all start the process do you run on high untill smoke or leave it on low untill it smokes. This is things I am looking for . Basicly a starting procedure.
     
  2. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi fordman. On my smokers, electric and charcoal, I let them heat up good then bring the temps down. Once the temps come down and level off I add the wood and put the meat on.
     
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Once ya get the feel fer the GOSM, ya will know where yer knob settin gives ya yer 250* smoke. I just leave my knob there. When I start a smoke, I line the water pan with foil, get the chip pan prepped, add water ta the water pan, light the smoker, turn on the smoke box digi oh an open my stack damper wide open.

    I let the smoker come up ta temp while I finish preppin the meat. Once I get ta 250* I usually have smoke startin an put the meat in.

    Always best ta let the smoker come up ta temp before addin yer meat, that way yall spend less time in the 40 - 140 range, which has a limit a 4 hours.

    It don't really take long ta get the GOSM up ta temp.
     
  4. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

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  5. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    On my smokers, I let them get hot, real hot. They cool off to temp while I open the doors and put that cold meat on the rack. Then it takes a while to get everything back up to 225* or so.
     
  6. justsmoke2

    justsmoke2 Smoking Fanatic

    Ditto with travcoman. Once you get a few cooks under your belt you will learn nuances of your smoker. Your first couple of cooks you will have the usual amount of temp spikes as temp drops. Get it as close as you can and then step back and observe. Mine when I am looking for 250 to start I go to middle setting then I adjust from there.
     
  7. fordman

    fordman Smoke Blower

    I know didn't know if there was any tips in getting it started? I tried my cast smoker box and it took for ever to get any smoke put the stock pan in and all most instant smoke. I would guess a cast fry pan would take longer to get the wood to smoke.
     
  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Alot have found the cast iron box is really too thick. Some have opted for a coffee can punched with some holes on the top for their wood chunks. I did a Propane conversion in my charcoal GOSM and found the coffee can, the way to go.
     
  9. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just don't use the newer plastic ones! [​IMG]
    (Sorry, couldn't resist that one!)
     
  10. motorhedd

    motorhedd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    with a lot of budweiser[​IMG]
     
  11. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I start with a beer! [​IMG]
     
  12. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I never even put chips in the one what come with mine. I use a 9x9 cake pan, fill er up, cover with some aluminum foil, poke bout 3 er 4 holes in it an let er go. Lasts a decent time, the foil prevents flare ups an it starts smokin right quick!
     
  13. uncle-honky

    uncle-honky Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    ya what he said!
     
  14. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Pretty much do the same thing as travis. Pull the meat from frig a hr to 2 hrs to get room temp. Line the water pan with hd tin foil fill with hot water fill wood box turn on smoker. Wait for desired temps add meat, might have to adjust temps to your desire. Sit back and twist and pour [​IMG]
     
  15. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    i LIKE this guys thinking.........[​IMG]
     
  16. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    WD
    I know the rules [​IMG]
     
  17. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    guess you didn't read my SIG. avatar.............LOL
     
  18. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    16 oz. glass, 5 ice cubes, 4 ounces of vodka and fill the remainder with Diet Mountain Dew. Now you have a VooDoo and it is time to start smoking !!!
     
  19. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    mossy, your slip is showing..........BWAHAHAHAHAHA
     
  20. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Beat me to it, [​IMG]
     

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