insulated GOSM smoker

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by kennymn, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. kennymn

    kennymn Meat Mopper

    I got this idea from a thread I seen by q3131a ( Mike ) and I thought this should work. I went to H.D. and got a 4x8x1 sheet of foil backed insulation for $14.00. Measured it all out , cut it to size ,cut out the vent holes and used foil tape on all the edges, and screwed it to the smoker. The top vent I used a 6" coffee can cut down to 1 1/2" and used it as a chimney to keep the hot exhaust away the insulation.
    I preheated the smoker to 300 deg. for about 10 minutes and it seemed to hold up. I smoked 15 lbs of venison sticks that day for my first test. Outside temps started out at 30 deg. and a little wind . I had the main burner on low and the cylinder valve just cracked a little to keep the temps at 130 deg..For the next 6 hrs the smoker performed great and used very little propane for heat. I must say for the first test it worked great.
    p.s. Now I need colder weather for a real test

    Thanks q3131a ( Mike ) for the idea !!
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  2. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Kennymn,
    Good looking rig! Congratulations.
     
  3. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lookin' good!

    Meowey
     
  4. q3131a

    q3131a Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Wow, looks great. How's it working for you in the land of 10,000 lakes (frozen)?

    Happy Sunday!
     
  5. vulcan75001

    vulcan75001 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Very good idea...how's it work in the colder temps?

    Richard
     
  6. bud's bbq

    bud's bbq Meat Mopper

    Has anybody else tried this mod? It sure sounds like it makes sense. We are in sunny wonderful Grand Rapids Michigan and it's 22 degrees today. Would love to know if this mod has really worked in the colder extremes. About to go to Lowes and try this but need to know more. Do you take it off in the summer? If so, what about the screw holes?

    bud
     
  7. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    I have ran mine in zero degree weather here in Iowa with some windchill on top of that with no problems. did you run into problems getting your temps right? just curious
     
  8. bud's bbq

    bud's bbq Meat Mopper

    just trying to save a little gas over the very long winter here. Where in Iowa are you? I've spent a lot of time in Des Moines, Fort Madison and Soux City, know it gets mighty cold in the winter. Have not really had any problems but thought insulation might make the tank last longer.
     
  9. ultramag

    ultramag SMF Events Planning Committee

    Kenny, how much improvement did you notice in windy conditions. I have a hard time in wind more than cold. If I could just do this Mod and stop building wind barricades around the smoker I would be happy man.
     
  10. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    I live 5 miles east of Desmoines in Altoona! Thanks for the info.
     
  11. bud's bbq

    bud's bbq Meat Mopper

    Ballagh, Back in the '80s, I spent a long cold winter in Des Moines. So cold that your contact lenses would freeze in your eyes. worked at Firestone.
     
  12. kennymn

    kennymn Meat Mopper

    Bud's BBQ - the answser to the screw holes is that you could plug them with High Temp Silicne ( get it at car supply stores ) and in the winter you could peel it off and reinstall your insulation . I found it holds in heat very well .
     
  13. kennymn

    kennymn Meat Mopper

    UltaMag - the times that I smoked this winter the wind wasn't a factor , so I can't say one way or the other on that .
     
  14. kennymn

    kennymn Meat Mopper

    Ballagh I found I could turn down my temp control and save on propane , ( with no or a little wind ) it holds in heat really good .
     
  15. bud's bbq

    bud's bbq Meat Mopper

    Kennymn, thanks for the info on plugging the holes. For now, I'm just buildiing an enclosure the the GOSM. I'll post some pictures later.

    bud
     
  16. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bud...pics would be great. There are many GOSM owners here.
     
  17. Kenny, could a person just put the screws back in to plug the holes??
     
  18. kennymn

    kennymn Meat Mopper

    johnnyo , yes a person could
     
  19. dutch

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

    Kenny, I wonder if you thought about going this route when you attached the insulation to your GOSM. . .BTW this is from another thread here in the Propane section. I've even though about using some heavy duty snaps and pop rivets, but I don't think insultation would hold up to the rivets with out tearing out.
     

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