In line pressure regulator

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by r2 builders, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. I am thinking about adding an in line pressure regulator to fine tune my flame.
    What psg?

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What kind of smoker are you using? I would install a needle valve. You leave your propane setting on the smoker wide open and use the needle valve to control the amount of fuel going to the burner. This is the one that I use:


    Lowes has these or you can order online. They are about $30.
     
  3. Masterbuilt 30" two door propane smoker.
    I have a 20psi regulator will that work?
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes it should work just fine. Hook it up and start smoking!
     
  5. Thanks!
     
  6. Would you mind telling me how you are using your regulator?
    This is definitely new to me so I would like to know your process.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The needle valve replaces the stock regulator on the smoker. you need to remove from the smoker the supply line and the regulator (should be all one piece). Install the needle valve in place of the stock line and regulator. Attach needle valve assembly to the propane tank. On the smoker open the temp control knob to high (fully open). Make sure that the needle valve is in the closed position. Slowly open and light the burner. Use the needle valve to control the amount of fuel going to the burner. Make small adjustments as needed to get to the pit temp you want and to maintain temps. Leave the temp control on the smoker fully open use the needle valve to control the flow of fuel to the burner.

    Keep in mind with a low flame at the burner wind can be an issue. So if it's windy, you need to make provisions to block the wind as much as possible. Especially around the bottom of the smoker.
     
  8. Perfect!
    Thanks for the info.
    I will let you know how it goes.
     
  9. Follow up,
    Installed the regulator still having trouble maintaining a 225 temp.
    I was getting some blow back with wind so I installed skirts around the base.
    No problem maintaining 270 +
    Any ideas?
     
  10. What kind of smoker is it?
     
  11. Thanks for the response.
    I am using a Masterbuilt 30" two door propane smoker.
    I added Nomex gasket strip on each door.
    I made a skirt out of cement board to wrap the base to keep the wind from blowing out the flame.
    10" cast iron skillet for the wood.
    Added a needle valve to get better control of the flame.
    I am working with leaving the door just open a hair and it looks that might be working.
     
  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You should be able to get a lot lower than the temps you are getting. On a non windy day I can run mine as low as 120 without the flame going out. 130 on breezy days.

    How are you measuring your pit temp? Are you using the stock therm?
     
  13. ThermoPro
    Remote thermometer with dual probe
     

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