Not wanting to die, I shut her down right away. Today I checked connections to the tank and between the hose and the smoker itself (see pic) with soapy water, and saw no bubbles. From this picture it seems like the brass nozzle juncture just feeds into the chrome cylinder, but I guess the flame probably burns from the end of the brass fitting all the way down the chrome tube with holes, right out and up into the burner itself, but I still shouldn't be smelling much propane after the flame gets lit, right?
Sorry if my terminology is wrong, but in the past I just don't recall smelling very much propane once the smoker gets lit. Any tips/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks guys..