GOSM Modification

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by packrat, May 6, 2007.

  1. packrat

    packrat Fire Starter

    Hello. I just joined. I'm getting a smoker for my 30th birthday, and I get to choose it. Somewhere $150 or under. I will probably mainly use it for pulled pork. I like the idea of being able to use an electric overnight, so am leaning towards electric. Wouldn't necessarily feel as safe about letting a propane one sit overnight without me watching it (or should I worry about that with propane?). I've seen reviews of electric vertical smokers, and it seems like many people have problems with it getting hot enough. I really like the vault front loading design of the GOSM, but they don't make it in electric (do they?). Would it be possible to remove the burner portion and rig up an electric element like you might find in electric smokers? Or would that be a really stupid idea? It would a perfect thing for me if it could be done. I appreciate any suggestions, or even links to other smokers that might be of better use for me. Thanks.
     
  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    It might work with the smaller version. I beieve a few people were using some sort of electric hotplate f something like that.

    You might want to run over to Roll call and introduce yourself and let us know who you are s we cn all greet you properly.
     
  3. johnnyreb

    johnnyreb Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    SC
    smoke hollow is the same design and shape of the gosm and they have electric ones
     
  4. Electric is okay. People have used high watt hotplates for heating them, but only after checking them on a dry run first. I personaly haven't heard of any problems with propane being unsafe for any reason if used properly. Just know how much you have in the tank before you start. But yes, there are electrics out ther for sale.
     
  5. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    I've got a gas GOSM and it does a very good job. With any type of open flame, you're going to have to monitor it, just for safety's sake. You'll probably have to do this with an electric as well. Part of Q'ing is monitoring temperatures. Usually about once an hour (for me anyway).
     
  6. chrish

    chrish Smoking Fanatic

    a GOSM is a start up and forget about smoker once its going, changing it to electric might not be to bad, the heating coil would need to be right under the smoke pot to produce any smoke and then there wouldent be enough heat to cook with, try the gasser GOSM I'm shure you will love it and get the big block the wider one so you can do ribs and such, find them at wal-mart for $128,
     
  7. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    The GOSM smokers come in three widths.

    Big Block - 24"
    Wide Body - 20"
    Regular - 16"

    I highly suggest the Big Block.
     
  8. packrat

    packrat Fire Starter

    Is there any advantage of the Big Block over the Wide Body, other than size? I really don't know that I need all that space.
     
  9. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    Yes you do need all that extra space. Just trust me.
     
  10. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    It is kind of like finally getting a car with cruise control. Once you have it, you cannot live without.
     
  11. kueh

    kueh Meat Mopper

    Agreed, the width makes a big difference.
     
  12. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    Does walmart sell the big blocks or just the wide body?
     
  13. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    When I checked WallyMart online, they weren't offering the big block 36", but they have the other 2 sizes.

    Home Depot has them and you can order from Amazon.
     
  14. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    The phantom 36" Big Block surfaces again! Wal-Mart sells the regular 16" wide and the Wide Body which is 20" wide. My Big Block is 24" wide.
     
  15. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    I may be wrong, but I think the 36 refers to the height of the smoker. Yes, no, maybe?
     
  16. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Take a look at a MES its insulated, electric, digital temp controller, front loading like GOSM...will fit your needs but will cost you $200
     
  17. kaptn35

    kaptn35 Fire Starter

    I agree you wont have any problems doing the GOSM Big Block gasser. Also its better to get the big block for doing ribs. You can just lay them down and fit them in whole so that extra 4 inches makes a difference.
    Last week I did a 17 lb turkey in it (just fit lengthwise). If I would have had anything smaller I would have to regulate my size of the turkey. Height wise I had enough room that I could probably have smoked two of them in it.

    The Big Block will come with 3 racks (even though they have four slots) so you can allow for some height or if your making ribs for a good size group you can buy a extra rack if you desire.
     
  18. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    The GOSM's such as the block block and wide body and talk of the 36" is the height not the width of the unit. The widths are 20" and 24."

    I almost bought the GOSM thinking is was wider than the Smoke Vault. After digging a bit I found out the ads talking about 36" wide body lead you to believe the box is 36" wide but they are not - that is the height. Very misleading in my book.
     
  19. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

  20. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    I also hear there's a very elusive chupacabra model. (I hear it does wonders with goat!) [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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