How to get the best smoke out of a gas smoker

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by hanifen, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. hanifen

    hanifen Fire Starter

    For many years I have smoked on charcoal and loved it but recently built a refridgerator smoker and did it as gas just to keep me from having to run out there and throw charcoal on all the time. Well since I am new to gas smoking I am wondering how to get the best smoke? I currently have a gas burner on the bottom and a cast iron skillet on top of it. I soak the wood chips and put them in the skillet. My smoke was off and on and did not seem to be constant like I am used to with the charcoal smoker. What am i doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

    I swear I feel like I am starting from scratch again in the smoke department.
  2. keywesmoke

    keywesmoke Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    switch to chunks! you've got the room, and once they catch, they smolder for hours.
  3. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I found that chunks work better than chips in my GOSM.

    Hope this helps.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  4. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    with that big of a smoker, you could use chunks or small sticks...just put an big old juice can on its side and you will get no flare ups and probably a more consistent smoke

  5. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's what I use on both my conversions ... if need be, you can cover the open end with foil with a few holes poked through it, to keep it smothered and consequently .... smoking! No need to soak with this method and your valuable hard wood lasts longer.
  6. hanifen

    hanifen Fire Starter

    Ok so let me make sure I understand you two.

    You take a old can and lay it on its side on the burner. Fill it will some chunks of wood and cover the end with tin foil with some holes in it. That will get it smoking good? And you say I do not have to soak the wood.

    Will this produce enough smoke to fill the chamber? The inside chamber is probably 36inches X 28 inches X 28 if I had to guess off the top of my head.

    You change fuel and it really throws you out of whack.
  7. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Basically you got it ... I only use the foil if I find the chunks are getting enough air to ignite, otherwise just leave it open. Take a look at this thread that I posted a while back.

    If one can isn't adequate for you ... use two with spares ready to go when needed
  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru


    I'm prety new to propane but durring my first smoke this weekend I quickly noticed that I could get much bigger chunks of wood in there and they last forever! I used chunks bigger than my fist and several 2x2 sticks and they worked great. Got a great smoke ring too! [​IMG]
  9. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yup basically thats it.... i think one can will be just fine but if need be either add another can or try a bigger can like a coffee can... you only have 3 feet height approx.. one can should be plenty
  10. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's what I'm talking about ....

    and it looks good enough to eat!
  11. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Another option is to throw one or two charcoal briketts along with a couple of wood chunks into a chimney starter, get it going and then just dump it into the excisting smoke box. I find in the warmer weather when your gas flame doesn't need to be that high to achieve proper smoker temps the wood has a harder time catching and staying lit. This way you get a good base of wood coals to add to.

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