Gas smoker conversion

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by sizzlnchef, May 30, 2010.

  1. sizzlnchef

    sizzlnchef Fire Starter

    Hi. I have a gas smoker(upright). Yesterday the gas element pretty much fell off the bottom. Due to rust and corrosion. I dont have the money to buy a new gas smoker right now was wondering if I could use mine converted to a charcoal smoker. There is a big hole on the bottom where the gas element was. Would this be used for draw or should I cover it up? Was thinking of using aluminum pan for charcoal and wood would this work? Thanks for the help!!!
  2. nickelmore

    nickelmore Smoking Fanatic

    If you have vents in the side of the smoker I would just put a piece of metal over the hole and use a metal pan inside to hold your fuel source.

    I would try it just make sure you vents on the side are open so it can breathe.    I have seen folks use those inexpensive aluminum trays to hold charcoal before,   you may have to double them up for strength and they probably are use once and throw away.

    Don't throw your old parts away.   You can use them for a home built unit. 
  3. sizzlnchef

    sizzlnchef Fire Starter

    What if I dont have side vents on my smoker? Drill some holes on sides? Could I buy a side offset smoker box?
    Last edited: May 30, 2010

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