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Some first timer questions

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Hello Everyone,


After years about talking about getting a smoker, I finally bought one.  http://www.basspro.com/Masterbuilt-Two-Door-Propane-Smoker/product/10226688/-1778126?cmCat=CROSSSELL_THUMBNAIL  . I figured this would be a decent, inexpensive first time smoker. 


Anyway, I can't wait to use this thing, but had a couple questions...


My instruction book says thats it's ready to use, but the manual for the Masterbuilt electric version of this smoker says I need to preseason it.  Is this necessary?  If so, the electric manual says


"Preseason smoker prior to first use. Make sure water bowl is in place with NO WATER. Set

control panel to MED and run unit for 3 hours. Shut down and allow to cool. Some smoke may

appear during this time, this is normal.

During last 45 minutes, add 1 cup of wood chips in wood chip bowl to complete preseasoning. "


Would this be a good way to season it?


Next, roughly how long can I expect a full propane tank to last when smoking?  I know this has a lot of variables, but let's assume I'm using a 20lb propane tank on low heat for 5 hours the first time.  Is one tank enough to last me a couple smokes or would I need a new tank each time?


Finally, I've had some wood chips sitting in the closet for a couple years when I have tried to creat smoke on a gas grill.  Can wood chips to go bad?  Would these still be good or should I get new chips?


Thanks for the help.  I'm looking forward to smoking!

post #2 of 7

Yes you want to season any new smoker or grill to burn off all the oils used during production.

I can't really comment on the rest but somebody will be along.

 Oh and welcome to the forums!


post #3 of 7

Welcome to the forum.  I do not think dry wood chips will go bad.



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post #5 of 7


welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!


Yes I would season it. Can't really tell you how long a tank will last, because I don't have a propane smoker. I'm sure someone who does will be along shortly to answer your question.

post #6 of 7

Welcome to the forum!   There are some really knowledgable folks aroun here.


Did a quick search on your question about how long the propane will last.  The website for your smoker says it has a 15,400 BTU burner, and I've read the standard 20 lb propane tank has roughly 430,000 BTUs of energy.  So if you were running your smoker at the highest setting using the burner at its maximum, you would have about 28 hrs of fuel.  (430,000 / 15,400 = 27.9).  My guess is you wont run it at full and you will get more time.  How much more?  I'm not sure, but a Masterbuilt owner will likely chime in and advise as to his or her experience.



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