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can i use charcoal and propane at the same time?

Bodra

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I have a vertical propane smoker, but I struggle to get heat up in the cold winter of Canada.

I do have a very large smokebox tray, and I am thinking of using charcoal in there as well as propane at the same time, any issues you think with that?
 

indaswamp

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I don't see any reason why not... I use fist sized chunks of hardwoods in a 16" cast iron pan in my propane smokehouse. I cook with wood, and use the propane to moderate and hold an even temp.; probably 80~85% of the BTU's come from wood... When the coals get hot and the heat creeps up, I dial back the propane a little. you could do the same with charcoal.
 

crazzycajun

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Yup it gives added flavor on a smoker tried adding some with my chips on the gas grill. I didn’t notice any flavor but a smoker yes
 

mike243

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Yes but you will need to experiment in order to find the best amount so you can control the temps, I have had too many chunks in mine during the summer and ran a lot hotter than I wanted
 

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Sounds like it would work just fine to me. I may give that a try in my Smoke Vault!
Al
 

indaswamp

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That's because of the charcoal dust. If there is a lot, like when you dump the last of a bag and all the dust is in the bottom, and you light the propane, the fine airborne dust could explode.
I recommend lighting the charcoal first and letting it get hot, then light the propane burner.
 

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I don't know much about it, but I keep picturing the Gas flame going out, but the Gas keeps flowing, until the Charcoal decides to ignite the accumulated gas & send it into Orbit.

Can't Happen??? Just a Thought.

Bear
 

Bodra

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I don't know much about it, but I keep picturing the Gas flame going out, but the Gas keeps flowing, until the Charcoal decides to ignite the accumulated gas & send it into Orbit.

Can't Happen??? Just a Thought.

Bear
mine is well ventilated but yea that might happen definitely! although my burner never went off, but must be careful
 

Bodra

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mine is well ventilated but yea that might happen definitely! although my burner never went off, but must be careful
So i just tested that , the charcoal actually goes off, as it looks like the propane sucks all oxygen out , even with all vents open, it didnt add any heat, maybe some flavor
 

Bodra

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So i just tested that , the charcoal actually goes off, as it looks like the propane sucks all oxygen out , even with all vents open, it didnt add any heat, maybe some flavor, will try with large wood chunks next time
 

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