Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by rnflightmedic, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. rnflightmedic

    rnflightmedic Newbie

    I've been needin' a new smoker since my ECB electric is on it's last leg, but was havin' trouble deciding between the MES or the GOSM. Well, I was at the local Wal-Mart today and saw that they had their GOSM Big Block on sale for $99. Well, I couldn't pass it up so now I own one. Only problem is I don't have a day off until next weekend so I guess i'll havta wait til then to try it out. After further review, I think the one I have is the Wide Body. The dimensions are 20"x14"x34". I think the Big Block is 24" wide. But hey, I got a good deal. Well, maybe a good deal. But it was a pretty good selling point for the wife. Ya know how they're all about a sale. Ha!
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Congrats your gonna like that smoker!!
  3. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Major Bummer!

    Enjoy it when you get to it! It'll be worth the wait!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  4. dacfan

    dacfan Smoke Blower

    Yea thats a good deal they are usually around 160.00 enjoy your new toy.
  5. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats! I see a lot of those smokers around here.
  6. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the new smoker. Nothing wrong with gassers. You're going to enjoy that one.
  7. dingle

    dingle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Once you get used to the way it cooks, its almost a set it and forget it type smoker. I'm sure you will enjoy it
  8. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congrats on a great deal for a sweet smoker!!! I don't know how I could have survived the past 4-1/2 or five years without mine...I'm addicted. Lots of GOSMs around, too, so if you need help, someone will be around for advice.

    Good smokes to ya!!!

  9. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Congrats from a fellow GOSM owner. Your gonna like it alot. Like the man said, there are lots of GOSM users on this forum, so help is always nearby.
  10. mofo

    mofo Meat Mopper

    Yes... you got a good deal!
    Congrats and enjoy...
  11. nomorecoop

    nomorecoop Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    You will love it!!!!

    Welcome to the GOSM underworld.
  12. rnflightmedic

    rnflightmedic Newbie

    Finally got a day off to at least put my GOSM together. hopefully i'll be tryin it out saturday. haven't decided what i'm gonna cook. 1st impressions are: good size for what i'm gonna be usin' it for; went together w/o any trouble or select language; metal seems kinda thin but probably will not be an issue since i live in good ol' sweltering louisiana where it gets hotter than hades 4 months outa the year. i'll be seasoning it later today, so i'll be ready come saturday. [​IMG]
  13. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    X 2
    Very user friendly and great score [​IMG]
  14. dutch

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

    Whatever you do, do not rely on the thermo that is on the door-they are never accurate. Get yourself a digital probe thermometer (a wireless one if you can find it) The door thermo on my GOSM would read 250* but the probe would 300*. If you can't get a digital probe thermometer, find yourself a good reliable dial thermometer that will allow you to calibrate it.
  15. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    GOSM stock therms can be calibrated as well. Let me know if you want to do that...

    Calibration takes about 15-20 minutes...time well spent. You will need another thermo probe or turkey fryer thermo to do it.

  16. rnflightmedic

    rnflightmedic Newbie

    That would be helpful. How do you calibrate it?
  17. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, I tried to find a thread posted recently that had some discussion on this. I'll just toss you what I did.

    The stock therm does not like water, and has a fairly short stem. Water vapor will condense into the case and cause problems if exposed too long the wrong way. It will get behind the glass lens as well.

    I take a fryer therm or digital probe and check it in boiling water. Don't submerge your digi probe too close to the top of the probe, water can enter the top where the cable goes into the tube, and possibly cause a short-circuit.

    Depending on your elevation (barometric pressure) and weather activity, water boils at 212* at sea level, then slightly less at higher elevation. With a digi they are pretty accurate. Check your probe temp reading in boiling water.

    You can pull the stock thermo back out and rotate it 90 degrees and hold the stem into the cabinet, while you put a thermo probe into the cabinet through the pin holes for the stock thermo. Fire up the burner and bring smoker up to a reasonable smoking temp (220 or so). Keep both thermos in the cabinet until readings are stable.

    If stock therm reads low or high, you can adjust it with the hex "nut" on the stem next to the back plate. I think it's a 7/16" SAE, or use an adjustable end wrench. Adjust up or down to match your probe. Re-check the reading again, and repeat these steps if needed. You may need to wait until the stock therm cools to adjust. Then, re-check.

    Someone mentioned, maybe in another thread, that the stock therms may not be accurate throughout the range of temps. This is correct. Most stock therms are kinda "tempermental". If you calibrate it at close to the range you will be smoking at, it should give the best accuracy.

    Hope this helps, good luck, and enjoy that new rig!

  18. fla-gypsy

    fla-gypsy Smoke Blower

    The GOSM brought low cost LP smoking to us ordinary guys. Hats off to them and you will enjoy it
  19. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said a are words of wisdom. Make it a priority on your list. Congrats on your new smoker, you're going to enjoy it.

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