This liquefied petroleum gas produces more heat per unit and a more consistent heat than using charcoal or other forms of fuel to provide heat for smoking food.
This makes propane perfect for using in smokers, both upright and vertical versions. It is also easier to handle and store and the constant supply can easily be used even in colder conditions, where a charcoal smoker would lose more heat. Propane smokers produce the same quality results as a charcoal smoker with less hassle.
Propane, The Health Choice
Smokers are more than high heat cookers, as a matter of fact, often smokers do not employ temperature over 250 degrees. The point being to allow the smoke to permeate the meat to provide both cooking and flavor.
The concept of using smoke to preserve meats goes back before the Medieval era, as it was noticed early on that smoke helps prevent bacterial growth and allows the meat to be cooked and stored for longer periods without refrigeration.
This concept is no longer required in the modern era but the flavor is still in high demand. Most smokers use a heat source, coupled with a form of smoke generation, typically wood, that when combined produce the smoked flavor and quality that we have come to expect.
Propane makes an excellent fuel choice as it adds no external chemicals to the food, while not inhibiting the smoke from seeping into the meat tissues. It can also provide constant heat, as long as the supply of propane is not interrupted. This, as opposed to charcoal which suffers a heat curve effect, allows a smoker to length of time necessary to fully develop the meat.
Best Vertical LP Gas Smoker under $200
This vertical style smoker, Dyna-Glo Model #DGY784BDP Smoker has a dual door design for easy heat control. The lower door handles the wood box and the interior is porcelain coated for better heat production and control. External control is on a plate towards the bottom and is easy to read and the large knob makes it easy to set and go.
The top door has a built in temperature gauge that is accurate and large enough to read at a glance. With over 750 cubic inches of cooking space, this smoker will make a feast. People who purchased this smoker love the even temperature regulation and easy access.
Best Smoker for under $300
This one door vertical smoker, Camp Chef Smoke Vault Series Smoker is attractive as it is functional. The large internal cavern offers plenty of room for a range of cuts, including turkeys and big hams. It has multiple internal racks including a jerky rack and the controls are easy to use, read and set.
The built in temperature gauge will handle from 50 degrees to 500 degrees with a high grade of accuracy and it is easy to read at a glance. It has multiple dampeners for better heat control and people who purchased this grill love the excellent heat control characteristics and smoke production.
Best LP Smoker for Home Use
This smoker, Smoke Hollow Model #44241G2 Smoker is well built and solid black for an attractive look. It has wire spring style door grips for both doors and the coated steel offers excellent heat characteristics in all categories. This 44 inch grill has three internal racks as well as a jerky rack and rib rack, for plenty of cooking space.
It uses two, independently controlled burners that each produce up to 10K Btu of heat. People who purchased this smoker love the cavernous space for all types and cuts of meat and the control of dual burners for better heat and thus smoke production.
Top Affordable Propane Smoker
This vertical grill, Weston Prago Series Vertical Smoker uses a heavy duty, black coated exterior to provide excellent heat retention. The internal burner is fully adjustable as is the gas delivery system and it uses a push button igniter for easy lighting.
It has an expansive interior and even comes with two sausage hangers to make sure you get the best results. Controls on the bottom are easy to read and adjust and the built in temperature gauge is easy to read as well.
This well make smoker can handle a range of different cuts and sizes and can handle up to 500 degrees for excellent grilling. People who purchased this smoker love the ample room and the easy to light and set controls.
Top Rated Propane Smoker under $500
This is a well built, smoker designed for producing perfect smoked meats and for longevity so you get more for your dollar. Heavy gauge construction coupled with a brass burner, so there is no rusting, help make the Landmann USA Model #3895GWLA Smoker a long lasting smoker.
This smoker has over 1,500 cubic inches of cooking space that can accommodate very large cuts of meat including turkeys and more.
The controls are easy to read and use and it has multiple dampeners for better and accurate heat adjustment. People who purchased this smoker love how easy this unit is to assemble and use, and of course the delicious results.
Unlike many grills, smokers are designed for slow, timely heat and smoke production, therefore it is important that all safety precautions are taken while in use.
For best results and for protecting your investment, purchase an optional smoker cover to prevent damage from the elements.