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Post Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:24 pm
Nige raw

Posts: 7
I'm getting ready to buy a new smoker. I have thought about a propane smoker.
Has anyone used one?

Also, when I read discussions about Brisket I always hear about moping and basting.
If you baste every hour do you not lose heat?

Cheers, N

Post Sun Apr 04, 2004 3:02 pm
YardBurner BBQ Deputy
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Location: Damascus, Maryland
Yes, you will lose some heat.

How much is determined by the outside conditions. Windy, cool temperatures, rain etc.

Unless you have a really large smoke chamber most units will recover quickly.

Best advice is to spray on your mop, keeping the chamber open as short a time as possible.

The alternative to not basting is dried out surface to your meat.

Water pans might help but there is a difference of opinions regarding their use.
Do a search on this board to review past threads


Post Sun Apr 04, 2004 3:37 pm
Grand Scale BBQ Deputy
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Location: York, PA
I use a propane smoker and really like it for what I do. It depends on how much you plan on using it and what you plan on using it for. Search some of the older posts, and if you still have questions feel free toask.

Post Mon Apr 05, 2004 10:11 am
Bob-BQN User avatar
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well done

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Location: Texas
Welcome to the board Nige!

If you'll take a look at my "WWW" link below my posts, you'll see that I use a couple of charcoal smokers as well as a propane one. The large, black, square, upright smoker is the LP one. Quite a bit of the food in the photos came from it. It's a Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain gas smoker. They also make it in a charcoal version. As mentioned it loses heat when the door is opened but it will recover in about 5 minutes. That's why you only open it once an hour. Mopping/basting is very important for brisket.

See you around the board.

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