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Old 04-16-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Ya know We've had a Lang for a few years and I'm getting weary of the grind with the long long long hours of stokin the fire. We're thinking of converting to propane...what do ya think? Anyone out there that has done it? Pros & Cons please..
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:02 PM   #2
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Have you thought of building a charcoal basket and maybe getting a Guru or other draft system?
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:27 PM   #3
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Don't know about the propane, haven't done it, but I will say that the process is supposed to be enjoyable - whatever gets you there, do it!
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:37 PM   #4
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I have no idea how you manage in that climate. Must be feeding it continually. If it were me, I'd make the switch.
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Someone has to say it.... UDS?
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I converted my ECB to a propane.... was happier...
till I built a UDS
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I have a ECB propane to! havnt used it yet but i have had food from propane smokers and it was GOOOD!

a southern pride cooker to be exact!
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Have you thought of building a charcoal basket and maybe getting a Guru or other draft system?
This with a charcoal basket should do the trick.
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Old 04-17-2011, 03:47 AM   #9
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Thanks guys for your comments.

I have a "gassmoker.com" conversion kit, and wondering before I install it if it will create enough heat for the Lang 84? It's supposedly 112,000 btu's with the taps wide open. It's supposed to but just trying to find anyone with actual experience.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:22 AM   #10
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friends dont let friends switch to propane!

In all seriousness why not take a look at different kind of cooker instead of doing a conversion. There are plenty of cookers in the same price range as your Lang that will give you long unattended cooks without having to use gas. Check out the Cookshack, Backwoods, or Stumps lineups for some ideas
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As a lover of all things charcoal and wood smoked.....I HAVE to agree with Muzzlebrake here.....


There HAS to be a viable alternative to going to gas outright. You, yourself, called it "blasphemy" right out of the box!!!

Not giving you grief. And I also agree with Gore....those climates up there in the Great White North have GOT to be some kind of challenge. Only you know for sure.....but MAN......say it ain't so.....
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I say switch to propane. I started smoking with my 55 gallon drum grill but like you I was constantly attending to the fire. I got a propane smoker and I love that thing. I can go spend time with my friends and family while I'm smoking and not worry about the fire going out or getting too low. I just put more wood chips when needed and I'm good to go.
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If it were for personal use, I'd agree with everyone else and build a UDS or get a ceramic. I got mine primarily so I could Q in the winter. For commercial use though, I think you're really fighting an uphill battle. You also have to consider your customer base. Are they really going to care? I would bet probably not. Do you have any competition?
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Yep, it's a difficult decision, keeping the fire going in the cold vs warmer climes isn't a big issue, it's pretty well the same regardless of the season. I'm thinking that with propane I could better utilize the cooker. Take a pig roast for example, smoking it makes the skin is inedible, possibly with higher heat at the end from lp will change that? I don't know I'm guessing until I try it, that's partially why I'm posting.
I could use it as an oven for cooking other items that would not be appropriate with smoke, maybe grilling as well. The kit just set’s in place, no drilling no welding, no mods making it a permanent fixture. I do like the depth of flavour that all wood brings so it could be quickly switched.
I guess I'm going to have to try it. I'll keep you posted in the meantime your comments are very welcome.
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