Propane question

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by westtnbum, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. westtnbum

    westtnbum Newbie

    I am getting the GOSM for Christmas and wondering if I need to add the needle valve for smoking bacon and sausage. I want to be able to set it low and did not know what mods I can do to help with the process.
  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I also have a GOSM and would like to be able to smoke low enough for bacon. I didnt or don't know if a needle valve will allow you to get that low. But I will keep an eye on this one to see if that will solve your problem.
  3. doctor phreak

    doctor phreak Smoking Fanatic

    the needle valve should help you to lower temps in your GOSM....on my gosm with the stock valve i can only get my down to about 190-200 on low....with the valve mod you should be able to get it down alot lower..i still got to do mine as well.....
  4. hog warden

    hog warden Smoking Fanatic

    My guess is it will allow you to drop the temps with one caveat.....the flame may go out. I have two Bayou Classic burners and they will only throttle down so far before "poof".....they snuff out.

    It's my recollection (from someone's post here) that they set the min temp to the 190 to 200 level on purpose. To keep the flame from going out. The danger of course, being a big bang if gas builds up near smoldering wood chips.
  5. I was in a similar fix a few years back. when you get the flame that low it wants to blow out with very little wind even opening the door would sometimes want to blow it out.. What i did was took a single burner hot plate put in bottom of unit and it works very well i put dry wood chips in old cast pan and still manage to get good smoke as well. hope this helps you.
  6. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have installed the needle valve on my GOSM and I'm able to hold 150° for 6 hours to dry my jerky.

    As for as the wind blowing the flame out, if you will look at the burner assembly you will see there is a wind shield almost all the way around except for the holes in the front of the unit, so if you face the back towards the wind you should be alright, or better yet build a wind break, mine is protected by my patio walls.

    I found that if I set the burner on low and then regulated the flame with the needle valve I could extinguish the flame by quickly closing the door, so I smoke with the burner on the high setting and then regulate the flame with my needle valve and a quick closing of the door doesn't extinguish the flame, ...but then I never close the door quickly. I also had to bent the tabs on my side vents and close them to arrive at 150°.

    As for producing smoke, it's a real pain and I haven't been too successful, so I'm in the process of building a smoke generator, you living in the States could buy one.

    Enjoy you new hobby,

  7. HOT PLATE+METAL PAN+WOODCHIPS= SMOKE GENERATOR. I made a smoke generator for my big smoker with a electric calrod and set it in the bottom of the factory smoke pan added chips and it works really well. i eventually hooked it to 240vac and into my process controller and it allows me to get heavy smoke if wanted. with a box temp as low as 100 deg.
  8. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    In my GOSM

    GOAL 130 DEGREES - outside temp 22 degrees 15 mph winds, kept at 130-140 no needle valve, no problem

    GOAL 110 DEGREES - outside temp 29 degrees 5 mph winds kept at 100-110
    used needle valve, no problem.

    I only use the needle valve when trying to keep temps below 160 degrees when its above freezing, when its below freezing, I can get below 160 without use of the needle valve. On an average anyway.

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