Purpose of Vents??

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by ryanje, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. ryanje

    ryanje Fire Starter

    Hi all,

    What are the purpose of the vents on the gas smoker. I know in a charcoal they help control heat.

    ON my smoker there are 2 vents on the bottom, one on each side. Also the stack on top has an adjustable vent.
     
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They help control the heat and air flow. You normally leave the top exit vents open all the way and open and close the bottom intake vents as needed.
     
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The top vent will help keep the smoke circulating, and provide a way to avoid stale smoke, as in creosote. The bottom vents are designed to help control the cabinet temperature. If you open them, you will usually get a hotter burn using more oxygen. I hope this helps you.
     
  4. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    You have to have vents to allow oxygen in. Otherwise, oxygen would be depleted and your fire would go out (electric smokers excepted). Vents in the top and bottom are used to tune your fire/smoke to your desires.

    Electrics still need vents for circulation purposes.
     
  5. denver dave

    denver dave Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Your smoker has to breath!!![​IMG]
     
  6. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Propane smokers need intake air too. Otherwise the flame will starve for oxygen and go out.

    Dave
     
  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    They are anti-creosote valves as I like to call them. [​IMG]
     
  8. ryanje

    ryanje Fire Starter

    What about the fact that in my vertical gas smoker, the entire area around the burner and beneath is open to air?
     
  9. tank

    tank Smoke Blower

    I am wandering the same thing. I have two side vents and one top vent. Last time I played around with the lower vents to see what would happen. I couldn't tell a difference. The only difference is that when I had them opened my wood chunks would let off more white smoke. When they are closed I get more TBS. Other than that I couldn't tell a difference. Is there one that I am missing. I have a perfect flame propane.
     
  10. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sounds like you figured out what adjusting the vents will do for ya.
     

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