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converting a propane smoker

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Is it possible or even worth the effort to convert a stand up propane smoker to a charcoal smoker. Relatively cheap
post #2 of 19
Sure what kind of smoker and we can give you for tips
post #3 of 19
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Smokey mountain vertical single door .needs cleaned really good but its still solid no rust or holes
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Originally Posted by smokinitup View Post

Is it possible or even worth the effort to convert a stand up propane smoker to a charcoal smoker. Relatively cheap

Sure is.. I did one for family up in TN a couple of years ago and they're still using it... If there is a BIG hole in the bottom for the burner to come up through... ya strip the burner and it's holder out and then cut a piece of metal to cover the hole (If I remember correctly, there was a lip on that hole preventing me from putting a cover on it. So i used a jig saw and cut out around the lip... made the hole a little bigger though) ... you can screw or pop rivet the metal to cover the hole... ether use a rack to set a charcoal basket on (2-3 inches off the bottom) or make a charcoal basket that has legs to hold it up off the bottom (it's better if you can make a basket that has gliders on it so it will slide into one of the rack holders at the bottom. then your ash pan can slide out without moving the basket) (save the rack for food).... I was lucky enough to find a cookie sheet that fit perfect in the very bottom to act as a catch pan (easier cleaning)... and there ya go... put whatever ya always put from the charcoal up (ie. waterpans, heat syncs, catch pans)...
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Ok you'll need a couple of things.

1) make a charcoal basket with legs to keep it off the bottom of the smoker by maybe 4-5"

2 ) you need some bottom air intakes. Do it like a UDS, (4) 3/4" intakes...cap two of them and put ball valves on the other 2

3) put a rack a few inches above your basket to hold a heat diffuser just in case you need one or want to catch drippings.
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forgot to ask.. it does have air vents on sides and top... doesn't it ?
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when we go up and visit, I always do a cook on it and it actually performs really well.. as long as it's sealed everywhere really good
post #8 of 19
You can make it smoke like a mini uds...you'll love how it cooks
post #9 of 19
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It has a big round bottom where the burner sits heres a pic if it helps .like I said it needs a good cleaning cause ive had it stored for awhile
post #10 of 19
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There's an air vent on the top
post #11 of 19
Yea I'd seal up that bottom hole with a steel plate and put in those 3/4" holes on the sides about 2" from the bottom

The top vent is perfect
post #12 of 19
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Cool, thanks everyone, ill give it a try later and let you know how it worked. Just didn't know if it would get enough air flow but the holes sound like a good plan for that
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exactly... first thing ya do is take the pressure washer to it... strip the burner and the brackets off... see the lip on the inside around the hole ? I wanted that out so an ash pan would sit flat on the bottom and not on that ring... so I cut it off from the bottom side..

you will need to make some intake vents on the sides at the bottom though...
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This is a GOSM Charcoal model that I changed over to Propane.

 

 

Just remove the guts and find a fire pan.

post #15 of 19
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Sorry for the delay, life kinda got in the way.but anyway i cleaned it all up, stripped it down
post #16 of 19
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Cut a few holes for the side vent and uesd a pizza cutter for the vent cover
post #17 of 19
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Filled the hole with a coffee can to catch the ash and aluminum foil on the rest, bought a wok for the grill to use as a charcoal basket
post #18 of 19
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Tryed it 3 different times moving the basket to different hights , but the temps just continually spiked up and from 200 to 400, so I eventually cut the top off and made a fire pit out of it
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But I did make some hot dogs stuffed with cheddar and jalapenos wrapped in bacon, they were good
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