Suggestions for a 1st smoker?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by jaye220, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. jaye220

    jaye220 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hey all-

    It's time to make my real entrance into the world of smoking. I miss Texas barbecue now that I'm up here in Seattle and need to start cranking out some brisket and ribs. Plus, those fatties I read about on this site sound amazing.

    Anyway, I've seen the GOSM mentioned quite a bit but have also heard that it's tough to get it to maintain low temps. I'm looking to cap my spending at $200 or $250 and would much prefer a propane smoker. Any suggestions and/or comments will be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. hello i own a smoke hollow propane and really like it even before mods that i did to it. i believe it is made or marketed by outdoor leisure products. it works really well good quality as with a lot of lower priced smokers the thermometer on the door has a little to be desired for it but for $129.00 i think it is kind of hard to beat. great value i dont think you would be un happy with this unit. just my two cents worth.
  3. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to smf. Here are some easy cheap mods you can do to get the temp low enough to do fish and jerky. I can get mine down to about 140 and the parts are easy to get in the plumbing section at lowes/home depot.
  4. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member got a parts list of what was used?

  5. fred420

    fred420 Meat Mopper

    have a gosm--love it..holds a decent amount of food and versatile..easily portable and affordable..but then again i am not feeding crowds..plenty for my small family and some friends....fits plenty of ribs if you use rib racks...just my opinion....[​IMG]
  6. av8tor

    av8tor Meat Mopper

    Just curious there Fred what size GOSM you have? I have been looking for the Big Block but if I can't find one I might just settle for the wide body as I too will not be feeding crowds.
  7. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I took the regulator from the GOSM with me and fit 1 male/male (threaded both ends)short @ 2-3" gas fitten 2 female/female couplers and 1 ball valve put thread tape on all male ends and that was it. Works great and doesn't leak. I guess if tou want to you could glue it together but I didn't. Hope this helps!!!!!!!!!!
  8. jaye220

    jaye220 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the suggestions. So the big block GOSM and wide-body GOSM are different? I thought they were the same product. Is one preferable to the other?
  9. xtexan

    xtexan Meat Mopper

    I also have a Smoke Hollow and i love it!
    I contacted the company and told them I was having issues w/ high heat in the summer (90* +) and they sent me a smaller burner FREE!
    Took me about 5 minutes to switch it out and it runs perfectly now winter or summer. So now I have a back up burner if I want to cook hotter. Who knows the new ones may come w/ the smaller burner.


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