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My wife just gave me my first smoker. It is a smoke vault 18. It is propane, which was not my first choice, but what the heck. I have never done this before so i am sure there is going to be a learning curve. Anybody got any such suggestions for a newbie on how to ease into this? Also i must tell you all that i am a very simple guy. My hope is that i can set it, put the meat in, wnd enjoy a beef or 3 while the smoker does most of the work.

Thanks all, looking forward to the comments and suggestions.
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Welcome,

Go to the home page and look at Jeff's 5 day E-Class. I might also recommend Jeff's Book, quite the reference.  I refer to mine quite often, many here have a copy of it. Also these links should help you get started;                                                              

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/127/5-day-smoking-basics-ecourse

 

http://www.smoking-meat.com/smoking-basics-ecourse

 

Keep On Smokin,

 

OS


Edited by Oregon Smoker - 12/26/15 at 1:24pm
post #3 of 9
I've had a propane smoker for over ten years now. I'd recommend getting a tube smoker from one of the sponsors here, Amaze N Smokers. I'd get the new expanding one. It's really the best method of producing smoke in a propane smoker.

Use the search feature here and look up "needle valve mod". If you have problems controlling temps you may need to install one.
I have one installed on my smoker and I can easily control the temps anywhere as low as 120 to a high of 500+

I prefer a dry smoke chamber and do not fill the water pan with water. I wrap it in foil for easy clean up and leave it dry.

Wind is your worst enemy. Shielding the air intakes with a simple plywood screen helps.

Leave your exhaust vent wide open when smoking. Stale smoke makes for bad Q!
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I also have had a propane smoker for many years and the Most use it gets is with a separate smoke generator (as Dirt Sailor stated) from on of the above sponsors. i am fortunate enough to have some from both sponsors and they are both great products (i use them differently  depending on what i am trying to do) Todd and Dennis are both great to work with,

post #5 of 9
The needle valve mentioned above is almost a must mod for any gas smoker. Then, It is pretty much a set and forget.

Good Luck with the new cooker.

Lamar
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

I've had a propane smoker for over ten years now. I'd recommend getting a tube smoker from one of the sponsors here, Amaze N Smokers. I'd get the new expanding one. It's really the best method of producing smoke in a propane smoker.

Use the search feature here and look up "needle valve mod". If you have problems controlling temps you may need to install one.
I have one installed on my smoker and I can easily control the temps anywhere as low as 120 to a high of 500+

I prefer a dry smoke chamber and do not fill the water pan with water. I wrap it in foil for easy clean up and leave it dry.

Wind is your worst enemy. Shielding the air intakes with a simple plywood screen helps.

Leave your exhaust vent wide open when smoking. Stale smoke makes for bad Q!

Question on the needle valve mod. Do i cut my existing line and add the valve? Or is there a way to just take the existing hose off and put on a new hose?

I will look into the smoke tube options. My bro in law has the same unit as i have so i will ask him if he has any temp control issues.

Thanks for all the info. I appreciate it.
post #7 of 9
Installing the needle valve depends on the existing hoses fittings. When I did mine 8 or so years ago, I was able to get a needle valve with a hose that had the proper fitting. I just unscrewed the original hose at the smoker and installed the new hose. Mine came from Bayou Classic.

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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

Installing the needle valve depends on the existing hoses fittings. When I did mine 8 or so years ago, I was able to get a needle valve with a hose that had the proper fitting. I just unscrewed the original hose at the smoker and installed the new hose. Mine came from Bayou Classic.

 
I checked Amazon, and they have a couple from that company.  About 30 bucks or so.  I have to look at the fitting and the book to see what the thread size is.  I might just give it a try first without and go from there.  Another thing I noticed, the cooking box is not insulated nor is there any sealing strip on the door.  Is that normal?  I could have sworn the Masterbuilt Electric one I was looking at was insulated.  Just curious.  Thanks again for all the info  
post #9 of 9
Most propane smokers are not insulated and most do not have a seal around the door. Mine does not, I fact the door is tweaked a bit from me moving it too many times. To could add a nomex seal if you wanted too. For insulation you could use a welding blanket. Just be careful to leave the air intakes exposed. Propane requires good air to keep burning and not turn into a bomb. I have never had to insulate mine, and I have used it regularly when the temps have ranged from 20f-30f. It will consume more fuel.
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