Building my 500 gallon propane tank smoker

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Re: Building my 500 gallon propane tank smoker

Postby Mainelytxs » Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:48 pm

Thanks for the input K.A.M.! So I'm gonna cook on it for a while and play around with it. Like I said, pretty even for no tuning plates, even top to bottom. Just the middle top seems to run consistently about 40 degrees hotter, just seemed a little odd that one spot with everything else holding within about 10 degrees. Maybe it's the gauge? Anyways, I'm pretty over the top right now with it. Thanks again guys! :texas:
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Re: Building my 500 gallon propane tank smoker

Postby OldUsedParts » Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:52 pm

Would the fact that Heat Rises, have anything to do with that ???
Just asking because I certainly don't know :whiteflag:
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Re: Building my 500 gallon propane tank smoker

Postby strength_and_pow » Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:19 pm

The biscuit test will give you a visual confirmation of where you think the hot spots are.
Grab a tube or a few tubes of the ready made biscuits from the store. Place them evenly throughout the smoker and let them cook. I’d make boxes on a paper towel with a marker and put the finished biscuits in the corresponding box. You could make some intake and exhaust adjustments as K.A.M. Suggested and rerun the test. I don’t know what would be an adequate amount of time to let the smoker settle in to the adjustments, 30-45minutes?
This was my biscuit test. Bonus, you get hot biscuits out of the deal.
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Re: Building my 500 gallon propane tank smoker

Postby k.a.m. » Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:49 am

strength_and_pow wrote:The biscuit test will give you a visual confirmation of where you think the hot spots are.
Grab a tube or a few tubes of the ready made biscuits from the store. Place them evenly throughout the smoker and let them cook. I’d make boxes on a paper towel with a marker and put the finished biscuits in the corresponding box. You could make some intake and exhaust adjustments as K.A.M. Suggested and rerun the test. I don’t know what would be an adequate amount of time to let the smoker settle in to the adjustments, 30-45minutes?
This was my biscuit test. Bonus, you get hot biscuits out of the deal.
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Those biscuits need gravy. :D
When testing intake settings I try to go at least an hour on offsets this allows for reloading of wood and fluctuations that may happen.
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