Canjun Outdoor Cooking

A propane smoker allows barbecue connoisseurs the luxury of smoking meats in their own backyards. Propane affords the convenience of a steady, reliable fire source, which gives the chef more time to concentrate on the most important aspect of using a smoker; the food! Available in home and garden stores as well as numerous retailers online, a propane smoker might be just the addition needed for your family's outdoor culinary treats.

Hook up the propane tank to the smoker. Open the propane valve by turning it clockwise once to connect the hose.

Open the door to the smoker by turning the handle counter-clockwise approximately 90 degrees. This may vary depending on the make and manufacturer of the propane smoker.

Remove the smoke box from the propane smoker. Fill it with the wood chips or chunks. Close the lid, and return the smoke box to its wire harness.

Locate the water box in your propane smoker. It will be right above the box you've filled with wood chips or chunks. Line the water box with tin foil. This will prove extremely beneficial in the clean up process. Fill the water box with about a half gallon of hot water, unless the instructions for your smoker specify a different amount of water.

Turn the right knob to high, and turn the left knob until it clicks a few times. This will ignite the propane which will cause sparks to start the wood smoking. Once the smoke is pouring from the smoker it is time to add your meats. Smoke your meats until they are tender. Cooking time will vary depending on the kind of meats and their thicknesses.


Always be cautious when using a propane tank. If you've never hooked one up before, ask someone who has to be sure it has been done correctly.

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Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.