New to using a propane smoker

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by russki1313, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. russki1313

    russki1313 Newbie

    So i am trying my first smoke using propane.
    My question is should i use charcoal mixed with wood chunks and chips.
    If so how much?
    BTW regarding the water pan should i fill it with water or sand or both?
  2. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I put lump, and wood chips in the smoker, I dont use the small chip pan it came with, but a cast iron pan that has more capacity.

    I also just use water in the water man.

    good luck.
  3. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use chips in mine to get the smoke going quicker then add chunks on the side for longer smoke. Mine does have the larger cast iron pan. I just use water in the water pan. I wrap the water pan with heavy duty foil to keep it clean. When done smoking, just remove the foil and rinse the pan.
  4. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would use water also unless I was having problems holding temps. Sand does a better job in COLD weather. You will find how much charcoal to mix with your wood after some time. Charcoal will help it from billowing white smoke to a point. So if you find you are billowing then next time you fill your pan use a little less wood and a little more charcoal. This has helped me out. Remember tho if the heat is to extreme it will billow white smoke with what ever you do.
  5. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good place to find a cast iron pan is those goodwill stores. I found a used cast iron pan for my gosm smoker there for a few dollars. I would also mix lump charcoal with wood chips/chunks. After a while you get the feel of your smoker and you'll be able to size the chunks for your smoker/needs.
  6. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I find that the cooler weather makes it easier to keep the temps steady. On hot days I have to turn the burner down so low that a little wind will snuff it out. An annoying and dangerous thing. I use water in the pan.
    I make sure the chunks and chips are not tossed directly over where the flame hits the pan , I arrange them around the edges for less white smoke and more thin blue. I use a welders blanket around the smoker for a much evener temperature. Plus the blanket allows me to use far less fuel.

    I sometimes use charcoal mixed in with the wood chips but I really don't know if it helps or not.

    I bought one of those in line pressure guages for my propane tank $39.00 I got it at Home hardward. These work really great and instantly tell you if you have enough gas to complete a project. It is not fun running out 1/2 way thru a smoke. I had to switch from gas to charcoal to finish a butt once when my guesstimate was way off. It came out fantastic but could have been a disaster.

    I hope too see some qview of your smoke. Good luck.
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said works for me, and I foil the drip/grease pan too on the GOSM big block.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a smoke Vault 24" and it came with a big chip pan but I use it with chunks and chips and it works just fine. I also have a GOSM and first thing I did was change out the pan for a larger cast pan and they work fine too.

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