How long should smoke last?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by bacon13, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. bacon13

    bacon13 Newbie

    I am using a GOSM with the original wood box. I use wood chips similar in size to what you put in landscaping. I tried the more shredded stuff my first time but that seemed to not last long. With the larger chips, I get smoke longer but not by much. I only get about 30 minutes of smoke before I have to add new wood. Is this a problem with size of my wood box or something else I'm doing wrong.

    I wish the wood box on these were accessible from the outside w/o having to open the door. Anyone mod something like this before? Pull out drawer on the side maybe?

    Thanks all.
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use the smaller chips to get the smoke going, then add farly large chunks. Sometimes they will smoke for one to one and one half hours. I don't use the sawdust that's made for the Chief smokers.
  3. pops6927

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

    I have an electric Masterbuilt vertical bullet and use Grillin' Wood chunks from Walmart, sold in bags, from egg sized to fist sized. One load in my 9" pan lasts about 2 - 2.5 hours of continuous smoking.
  4. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My GOSM used to only last about a hour and a halp. Now I put 2 pieces of charcoal in the bottom. Then some soaked chips then some chunks on top. The lid doesnt always fit but it does in the end. Now I get 2 to 2 1/2 hours of smoke.
  5. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    DITO !!

    Also with the chunks I will add two charcoal brickets to help keep it going.
  6. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I'll usually put chunks of hic or pecan depends on what I'm smoking, then fill the gaps with apple chips or somthing. Two hours of smoke time easily. Just stir and add as needed, 2 to 3 full boxes for me is enough smoke.
  7. boston

    boston Fire Starter

    nice idea, ive also thought of running a copper tube to the water pan to fill that with, you could concievably hardly open the door, with those 2 mods, i'd hardly have to open the door, hmmm.............
  8. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    bout a six pack.............

    HEY SOMEONE HAD TO SAY IT............lolol
  9. mofo

    mofo Meat Mopper

    Reading this thread is kind of confusing me...
    Are some of you GOSM users actually filling your cast iron wood box with wood, or do you just put in a fist sized chunk or two?
  10. krusher

    krusher Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    It's always good to put the wood IN something, I use a sawed off coffee can, not the box supplied with the unit, It gets the smoke going faster, and you can put more in it. Some of us use charcoal , ( a lump or two ), as well in our wood boxes, it adds to the smoke ring.
  11. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I take the chunks and put them in there sometimes I have to bread them into smaller pieces but they are far bigger than chips.
  12. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    The smoke will last longer using chunks or a coffee can but also remember just because you don't see smoke doesn't mean your not smoking. With the original smoke box and wood chips seems like I got and hour an a half or so of smoking time
  13. nomorecoop

    nomorecoop Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    In my GOSM, I replaced the wood box with a 9x9 cake pan. I can turn it on high for 1 min, then turn temps down to normal. Get great smoke in about 10 min.

    Also, put 3-4 chunks (2x2x2 size) in. Get about 2-3 hours minimum. Never timed it though. Usually, after 2 hours, I'm spraying the meat with apple juice/capt morgan every hour, so I just check it & add when needed when I spray.
  14. bacon13

    bacon13 Newbie

    Guess I'll have to find some bigger chunks of wood at walmart or something. I have been buying wood at Gander Mtn. but they only seem to have the chips or "sawdust" stuff.
  15. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    Wally World, Lowe's, HD (Home Depot not Harley Davidson) and most grocery stores sell wood chunks.
  16. mofo

    mofo Meat Mopper

    nomorecoop -
    Thanks for that info. That is what I was really fishing for... I buy my wood at ACE Hdwe. and chunks run from 2x2 up to maybe 4x 2 inches. I ususally will put 1 of the big ones or a couple of the smaller chunks in at a time and will get at the most maybe 1 hour of smoke. I use the cast iron original box that came with the smoker. If I have room, I will leave the charcoaled burned up piece in the box and add fresh beside it. I think I get better smoke this way...
  17. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member have any orchards near you?.........or tree trimming sites close them..........the orchards will trim up their trees, or maybe, after a big storm, have storm damage on the ground, they would be happy to get rid of. Or the tree trimming pips...........ask them that if they have to trim up maples, oak, other smoking woods, that they get in touch with you, and you can go pick the wood up...........maybe trade a smoked butt or two, with who ever gives you the you will be put on speed dial............lolol
  18. seminole

    seminole Fire Starter

    Hi Walking Dude,

    It's been a while....

    Yeah, six pack is a magic word. Even hopeful v-president candidate Palin defines a typical American guy as Joe Sixpack.

    I think we should start adding one can of beer into sausage mass during mixing. We add red wine to Salami Milano, sweet Tokay to Hungarian Salami, white wine or vinegar to Mexican Chorizo, so why not to add beer. Beer sausage at its best.

    Before someone flames me, let me jump on more relevant information:
    the larger wood size the hottest flame you get and the wood burns faster (gets more oxygen). Smaller wood chips will burn at lower temperature. Sawdust will burn at the lowest temperature and of course will last longer. You get longer burn time with smaller chips.
  19. rsands

    rsands Smoke Blower

    I ain't gonna flame about the sausage beer, sounds good! Never experienced longer burn time with smaller chips though. When there's chips and chunks in the pan, the chips are gone long before the chunks... Maybe I'm doin somethin wrong or thinkin of it the wrong way.
  20. bw0529

    bw0529 Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    i have had a lot of trouble with temps. and smoke with my GOSM . i made a lot of mods to mine in last few weeks. split door, i hope will help. going to smoke 2 chicks, atb and some shrooms tomorrow to see how it works. will post the first of the week. doing something simple the first time. (I Hope) then briskets and ribs next for the fist time if it works. i have a post on here of what i did, will try to find it. its new mods to gosm.

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