After perusing the website for the better part of a week I have decided to get a gas smoker. I had several concerns I wanted addressed before I made the buy, however:
- I had heard that propane smokers have problems keeping the temp LOW enough for a good smoke. Has anyone had any experience with this issue?
- Another concern I had was size (wait, this is the smoking website?!?!). I really wanted to be able to do a good sized brisket, and in most vertical smokers (in my price range of $200-$250) there doesn't seem to be room to lay it down. I had heard it needs to be smoked with the fat up, so would it be heretical of me to take out the racks in my smoker and hang the meat? Or I was looking at the GOSM Big Block which seems to have the required width, but the lack of a fire door makes it not too sexy imo. Has anyone had issue with this?
- And finally, I had heard that these smoker models you can get at HD or Lowe's need some extra tinkering, insulation, etc. to get the best out of them. I am not a very handy person - otherwise I would have built a $250 setup that could smoke a whole hog! - so what are some things I can purchase to make any adjustments I may need, or seal any gaps, without introducing chemicals that will kill me - or worse yet, mess with my flavor profile! - and how do I use them?