new 250 or 500 rf smoker build heat source

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by brian deckard, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. im having a hard time wraping my head around what to use for my heat source on this big smoker project.  i live in montana so i dont have a lot of smoke woods available. should i use cottonwood for heat and then chunks for smoke, should i use charcoal, shoud i use propane?????????  original thought was charcoal for heat and use guts from a pellet stove to trickle in smoke pellets im kind of at a loss right now, so i want to figure this out before i build it.  any thoughts would be appreciated

    thank you

    brian deckard
  2. I like the idea of a charcoal pellet pooper, but to heat a smoker that big I dont know.  I just have a small stick burner, so I am not sure how to heat something that big.

    Maybe a charcoal with a propane assist, and wood chunks for smoke.
  3. i'm kinda leanin towards propane just for ease of use and  also better control of heat,  might still do a pellet pooper with propane?????

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