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New member... Question for Smoke Hollow users

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by boomer, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. boomer

    boomer Newbie

    Just puchased a Smoke Hollow Gasser and love it w/ one exception. I can not get the temp below 250 deg. without turning down the valve on the propane bottle. Verified temp w/ 2 thermometers and was wondering what others were getting????
  2. Mine runs a bit hot also. I turn the valve on the propane tank down to solve the problem.

    Aside from that, I really like my smoke hollow.
  3. Boomer
    I have used my Smoke Hollow once and have the same problem. Temperature got to 300 F. I will try modulating the propane tank valve. Thanks for the tip backyardgriller.
  4. Where can Ifind info on who sells them & prices.. I went to their website, but no info on prices or ordering one.
  5. jmastera

    jmastera Smoke Blower

    Not sure if they have Gander Mountain stores in Canada but I picked up an electric version there.
  6. buzzy

    buzzy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'm having the same problem plus the temp. gauge is even off 90-100 degrees. I hung a oven thermometer inside to see the difference. I called the company & was told they are regulated to have enough BTU's not to blow out. I'm thinking BS. Something I did for the first time yesterday was set the woodbox on the bottom of the smoker over the burner. It did help keep temp. low but it was real cold & windy. I'll try this again to see if that might be the cure because I need the lower temps.
  7. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Do you all have a water pan in the smoker?, it can help to regulate the temp.
  8. buzzy

    buzzy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I don't want a pan of water inside when making sausage or bologna
  9. smoked

    smoked Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    you don't have to put water in it....in fact a layer of clean sand will work just as well ;)
  10. monty

    monty Master of the Pit Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fellow Smokers,

    The water pan mitigates temperature and does not add moisture to the smoking product. If your smoker is equipped with a water pan then by all means keep it full. Only refill mid smoke with hot water and that will assure you of temps below 250F if your vents are all wide open and your control is appropriately set.

    Also, never depend on the provided gauge on the machine till you have verified its accuracy. Other factors like ambient air temp, wind velocity and shade/direct sun will also affect temp.

  11. Dutch

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

    For a while the GOSM propane units had problems with the regulators (unable to achieve temps below 250*) and the company was aware of the problem and would send out replacement regulators. If Smoke Hollow can't or won't replace the regulator, buy an aftermarket replacement unit and give their Customer (no)Service low marks.

    Monty is right about the use of the water pan and about checking the accuracy of the door thermometer. Wise words to heed.
  12. buzzy

    buzzy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I tried to fine a good picture of a GOSM that alot of you talk about. It looks real close to the Smokey Hollow I just purchased except the door latch & a vent on the very top. I have 1 3 1/2" vent on the back near the top. I'm not sure but I thought it looked like vents on the bottom sides of the GOSM.
  13. monty

    monty Master of the Pit Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the larger "Big Block" GOSM and it has a vent on each side low and one top dead center. All are adjustable. Generally I keep them all wide open and adjust my flame for temp.

    Other than a retrofit of an aftermarket propane adjustment valve I cannot offer any other advice for mitigating temps other than possibly adding another vent low on the back or on a side.

  14. buzzy

    buzzy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    What is the heighth of your GOSM & size of the vents?
  15. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    I put some ceramic BBQ rocks in the water pan and it helps keep it hot for us cold weather folks.
  16. buzzy

    buzzy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I just got off the phone with a rep. from Smoke Hollow. I got thier web site from this forum. It is not in thier manual. www.olp-inc. They are sending me a valve reducer & new thermometer. He even said if that didn't work he would send me a new smaller burner. The thermometer doesn't extend far enough into the smoker to get true readings. Things are looking up.
  17. smokyokie

    smokyokie Smoking Fanatic

    Boomer and Buzzy,
    Welcome to the forum. I guess it didn't take you long to find out that there are real answers from people that know here.

    You can buy thermometers with longer probes for under $10 at places like academy sports, but better yet, a good digital with a wire and probe will give you the actual temp @ the grate, whichever grate you want to moniter, and they're not real expensive either.