My mods for gosm (Now with jet burner)

Discussion in 'GOSM Owners' started by michael ark, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]I got most of it from harbor freight ,such as the welding blanket the magnets red are 30lbs and the black is 100lb.The super glue i use on the cuts to keep it from fraying.The air tight and ell are rated to 500f and are from Lowe's can on the end was burnt out and painted with high temp paint.It's 42f and it's running at 200f with a water pan.I used a dermal and carved H,M,L,O  in the knob and painted it so i could tell what i have it set on . Drippings fat has washed the old almost off.I have a 1" thick piece of steel in the very back of the smoker as a heat sink.The 2" thermometer has a 2" probe.
     
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  2. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looks nice how bout a better shot of the flue?

    something is wrong with that bottle of beam   it's clear! 
     
  3. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I'll get more pictures in tommorro.The beam bottle just brought some hot water out to fill my pan.The flue is adjustable so i can turn it away from the wind or off my deck.
     
  4. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is the reason for welding blanket, Insulation? Which model GOSM is this. Do you have before photos?
     
  5. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

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  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG][​IMG]miamirick here is the pictures
     
  7. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]Gasket on door[​IMG]$9 at ACE harware.

    [​IMG]see how low writing is missing
     
  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I own one of the original GOSM Charcoal model. Extremely heavy and thicker metal than the new propane ones. I did mod it with a single burner propane stove. The first one I had worked great, but it eventually gave out. My replacement doesn't quite get as hot and on colder days (yes we get some extreme cold in NW Florida) I struggle to get to 275º.

     I have found using Playbox Sand instead of water will afford you a higher and more consistent temperature also. Not sure if you have every tried that?
     
  9. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I was doing my mods to keep my water pan not git rid of it.That's why i put 30 lb of steel in it as a heat sink.I know i can take it out and get higher temps.
     
  10. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    You are not getting rid of the Water Pan, you are just using playbox sand instead of using water.  Using the steel does the same thing. You can use lava rocks too, much lighter.,
     
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  11. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  12. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What are you hoping the water will do? Add moisture??

    Wood and charcoal has carcinogens also.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...DLKf9uwxwEx1A3Mnw&sig2=YLBFqLU9kIqLzltSF-pMRw

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...EAAQgTosJN5w6bULw&sig2=t4b10-bWSFtjD9ReiIog0g

    My reason is just that water, especially in your colder climate will keep you temps down. It does add moisture, but very little. It is there for a heat sink and does little else. EVen here in N. Florida we can get dang cold. By using the sand, it does not evaporate or stay cool like water can in colder temps. It does not evaporate. Thus keeping higher and more constant heat.

     Just a suggestion, nothing more. Many on SMF use sand, some all the time. I only use it during the colder months of the year.

    As to your link posted:

    >>All this said, beaches and most playbox sand is not considered much of a problem since it is course and without a lot of respirable particles.<<

    >>that eating the sand does not put you at higher risk from the possible silica and asbestos. Those chemicals are harmful if they are breathed in; the route of exposure of concern is inhalational, not oral or dermal (through skin). <<

    Of course we are not eating the sand, but the BBQ. [​IMG]
     
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  13. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    What part of i want to keep my water pan do you not understand?I work on high and low pressure boilers that kick out 3 to 6  29 ft long flames if you have looked at my profile .I would sooner rip out my burrner than make this a sand smoker.
     
  14. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    LOL, hey sorry man. I saw the welding blanket and gasket sealer so figured you were trying to raise your smokers temps. Didn't realize it was to keep the water in it. Oh and at 43º and using sand, my non welding blanket, no gasket GOSM will do 250º - 275º. Smoke on brother. Just offering some knowledge.
     
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  15. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Put another layer of insulation on it now it's running at 225f on low in the rain with the water pan.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  16. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's too bad that Great Outdoors decided to cut down on the metal thickness when they went from Charcoal to Propane. Made them less insulated that way, but your working it out.
     
  17. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Well the other night i tried to cook hot wings .It took 4 hr  cause it was 29f with a 5 mph wind gusts.I opened the smoker after 2 hr and the wings weren't done it took another hr to regain 250 in the smoker.I was running it with no pan.[​IMG]No after pictures was tired of messing with it .So yesterday i fixed it were that would not be a problem any more.I removed the burner and sat my jet burner fish fryer under it.

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    I had to put the legs on blocks of wood to make it tall enough and then put some tin around it to make a wind break .[​IMG]  [​IMG]Another picture of inside.

    [​IMG]Yes i know i need to wash it out in the pictures .But it was cold and i didn't want to work in wet conditions. O yea if you see one of those fuel gauges like this save your money.This is on a full tank and it shows empty.

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    This works better.[​IMG]It goes up to 50 lb .Just hang your tank when you want to know what's in it.
     
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  18. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Flue pipe adjustment straight up is all the way open..[​IMG]
     
  19. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    O'yea i got the scale at wal-mart in the fishing tackle.
     
  20. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    How does that welding blanket do for maintaining temp? I have the same GOSM and during the day the temps fluctuate, direct sun, clouds and wind really affect it. I'm looking for a way to control that and this looks like a good idea.
     

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