Originally Posted by Shaneyb72
Okay, so I have some questions on this. I installed the needle valve and have used the smoker once since then...to make jerky. The needle valve certainly made it easier to control the flame and therefore the temperature. But it is still difficult to get down to very low temps. If I were to try snack sticks again I do not think I could get it down to a low enough temperature to get them started properly. It seems as though the needle valve would certainly allow me to reach much higher temps since when I open it fully its like a damn jet engine! But again, I just can't get it low enough. I turn it down as low as I can but then have a tough time keeping it lit...even without any wind at all. The flame seems to get erratic sometimes, and then sometimes goes out. If I turn the propane completely off and then back on the flame settles back down to a nice low blue flame. But then occasionally it seems to flare back up and get erratic. And if I try to adjust it down a little it goes out.
I have the same problem with my smoker/needle valve. I ended up needing to use a 3/8" to 1/4" flared reducer to attach to my smoker. Had a bit of a leak, but I used some pipe threading tape and that solved that.
Before the needle valve, I was needing to run the smoker on HIGH to hit 250, now with the valve, I can turn the gas all the way down, and it seems to idle around 275. So I'll add some water to the pan and that will temporarily drop the temps.
I did have the flame blow out on me once on low, I took some old bricks and built up a mini-wall around the bottom of my smoker, and that solved that problem.