Propane and lump

Discussion in 'Bugs, Glitches and Miscellaneous Forum Problems' started by dalmorloson, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. I have a vertical propane smoker from Cabelas. For the last year or so I have had trouble getting it up to temp (230). I have tried everything from cleaning burner, using full tank, sand in the pan, etc. and still have trouble. Recently I bought a cast iron skillet and used lump charcoal in it to try to get temps that way. Success!!! I now use my propane smoker as a charcoal smoker and tweak the temps with the propane and vents. Has anyone else ever had to do something like this to get results?
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use RO lump and wood chunks, but not to get the temps up to speed. Tweaking the regulator and vents can be a key issue in getting temps where you want them. On a GOSM big block, if you open the bottom vents, you'll get more heat and a hotter burn on the bottom rack, I always keep the top vent wide open, for health reasons, I don't want stale smoke/creosote lingering in the cabinet. Glad to know you found the right combo. It's all good my friend.

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