how much fuel ?

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by ldrus, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    for those that warm there smoke house with propane   what kind of run time do you get on

    a 20lb tank @ 170deg? 
  2. Morning Ikrus..

    Gonna depend on too many factors to give a one-size-fits-all answer. Eg: Smoker size, insulation, outside temp, etc.

    But, as an example, I use a modified UDS with an external smoke generator and a 15000 btu burner (about 6" dia) well insulated. As a lb of propane contains aprox 20000 btu a 20 lb tank = 400000 btu

    If I am running the burner full throttle it will last about 30 hours. As a practical matter for hot smoking I usually only need about 1/4 throttle and the bottle will last about 10 average runs before it's empty. Always keep  a spare as you sure don't want to loose heat in the middle of a run.

    Hope this helps some.

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