Ready to buy first propane smoker, but have a few questions please.

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by stevetheteacher, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. I am looking at a Smoke Vault at my local Home Depot, I am ready to pull the trigger and buy, but I have a few questions:

    1. What are the pro's and con's of a 24 inch vs. an 18 inch? (There are only 3 in my family)? Is it worth the extra $100 for bigger one?

    2. Approximately how many chips do I use when starting?

    3. How often can I expect to replenish the wood chips throughout the smoke>

    4, Can I use pellets?

    5. How much propane will I use during an average smoke?

    I realize a lot of the answers to questions are different under different conditions, but approximates are fine.

    Thanks  in advance for your input!!!
     
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That should give you enough insight to make a more informed decision. If I missed anything or additional questions come up, just hollar back.

    Eric
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2016
  3. Thanks!!! That was amazing advice!!!
     
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You're most welcome!!! I know how it feels when contemplating the purchase of a new cooker, and all the questions that start running through your mind. I've been gifted a couple, but have purchased most of my gear: 5 smokers, 5 charcoal kettle grills, a couple gas grills, outdoor propane cookers/fryers...OMG, the list is getting long now days. But yeah, getting good info to base your decision on is wise and prudent.

    Any time I may be of help, I'll do what I can...just shout.

    Eric
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2016

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