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Recommended modifications for my Masterbuilt XL Propane smoker?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by nova1404, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. nova1404

    nova1404 Newbie

    I just purchased my first smoker. I have been using my Weber Charcoal grill as a smoker, but it was time up the ante. Any recommendations are appreciated, thank you.
  2. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Smoking Fanatic

    I don’t have that model so maybe someone that does can chime in and help but I do have a smoke vault propane rig and haven’t had to do any mods to it. A lot of people recommend a needle valve but I haven’t seen a need for it on my end.

    Post some cooks on that new rig good luck!
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  3. solman

    solman Smoke Blower

    the list of mods is pretty simple:
    - gasket around door to prevent smoke leaks
    - ditch the oem chip pan, and use a cast iron skillet or an aluminum pan
    - add wheels to the bottom legs
    - add reflectix insulation around the outside to help retain heat
    - plug up some of the burner holes so that you can maintain larger flames (to help prevent flame blowout) but lower heat (e.g. for jerky)
    - inline needle valve to help fine tune propane flow (lots of people use a high pressure regulator/needle valve combo, but the masterbuilt comes with a low pressure burner, so that's not an ideal setup.)

    best thing is to search the propane forum for the mod you're interested in doing. you can also step it up a notch and add a PID controller and safety shut off. they seem daunting at first, but they're super easy to add once you think it through.
  4. nova1404

    nova1404 Newbie

    Thank you Solman, I will work on some of these things. Definitely going to add wheels!