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Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by radar21, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. radar21

    radar21 Newbie

    I have a new smoky mountain smoker. I have done a few ribs and pheasants. I will be tackling a pair of briskets and a pork butt. How many hours can I expect from a propane tank? If I want 15 hours or so, will I need to pick up a second tank????? This will be a spring time cook, so I expect it will be fairly warm out.
  2. Dutch

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

    That is a good question radar, I only have but one tank and I switch it off between my GOSM and my grill. I do have a tank gauge on my wish list for Father's Day. I'd wouldn't have to worry about running out of propane if my #1 son would just bring his 40 lb tank back to my house! :D

    If you just top off you tank you should be alright.
  3. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    someone over at the yahoo great outdoors smoky
    mountain smoker group told me that a 20 pounder
    will give him about 22 hrs holding at 225 area
  4. bob-bqn

    bob-bqn Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I get around 50 hours from a 30# tank.
  5. I've had roughly 18-20 hrs from the 20lb tank.For me that relates to about 3 wkend cooks.

    One trick I've tried (aka Alton Brown) is pour a large pot of hot water over the outside of the tank.The level of the gas tends to be cold and the tank sweats from the heat of the hot water.Its a visual thing thats easier to see if you try it