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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by bassrat, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. bassrat

    bassrat Fire Starter

    Just purchased a box style gas smoker, seems hard to keep the temp down, Would like some tips on smoking a ham, brisket. and deer meat. Can you smoke fish?
  2. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yo bassrat,
    glad to meat you.

    there will be some one along real soon to help you.

    briskets are so easy --
    read a couple of the threads here--
    then go for it.

    keep it at 225 degrees and you cant go wrong.

    digital instant read therometer is needed.
  3. smokemack

    smokemack Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    WOW, lots of new people to meet today! Welcome bassrat, you've found a great place to be. What brand of smoker did you buy? Check out the Gas Smoker forum under Smoking Equipment and Supplies, good info and recipes there. As soon as you let us know what kind of smoker you've got, there will be more info than you can shake a stick at! Temp too high, someone will know exactly what to do to help.
    You most certainly can smoke fish. After reading quite a few posts, it looks like it can be done two ways. Hot smoked; cooked hot all the way through, and cold smoked; cured and then smoked around 80-90 degrees for a longer period of time. With the hot temperatures of summer, I've been told to hold off 'till the weather cools down to do the cold smoke (I'm looking forward to that one), I LOVE cold smoked salmon.
    Anyways, glad to meet you. Enjoy and learn!!
  4. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    bassrat, welcome to SMF. If you can be more specific about your gas smoker like JMack mentioned we can get some help going your way. Most gas smokers have a temp. dial near the burner and temps can be controlled somewhat by using the vents. Looking forward to helping you along.
  5. bassrat

    bassrat Fire Starter

    it is a smokey mountain model 3408gw gas smoker, have a hard time maintaining 225, any help
  6. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the 16 wide inch Smokey Mountain. I have to set the gas knob up to almost medium to maintain 225-235. Are you filling the water pan? The water does act as a thermal regulator. If I ran the gas at low it would be about 170.

    Good Luck.

  7. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    how wide is it///
  8. icemn62

    icemn62 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome, you are going to get so much info here. Have fun, and grab a cold one.
  9. bassrat

    bassrat Fire Starter

    purchased at Walmart
  10. baronofbbq

    baronofbbq Newbie

    My wife bought me a 16" wide Smoke Hollow ( gas ) for my first smoker this Christmas. I had the same problem w/temp. I found if you put it on low, and with the door open watching the flame height, you slowly turn the valve down on the lp tank to further restrict the gas flow until it gets to the right level. Hope this helps. Also the smaller size oven cake pans fit the grooves for the smoking racks perfectly.

    Hope this helps
  11. Welcome to SMF. You came to the right place for advice, that's for sure.
  12. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Welcome Bassrat -

    You've come to the right place for answers! We have all kinds here, ready, willing and able to hel you with just about anything related to smoking!
  13. msmith

    msmith Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard bassrat