550# smoker LP conversion
Big DLD last edited by
Converted Nat gas smoker over to LP. Last year was real suety heat. Got correct orfices. But now even with just pilot on it reaches 190deg after an hour. Will it act differently loaded with meat? Hoping to smoke today, need quick advice
@big-dld What brand and model is the smoker? Is it a true smoker or is a grill/smoker? What temp were you able to get it to stay at before the change over? 190° being your lowest setting could be an issue for some products, you can make it work you just will have to reformulate any smoke schedules you previously had that ran below 190°.
Let me know and I will see if there is anything we can think of here as to why you can’t obtain as low of a temperature as you were before the conversion.
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It’s a true commercial smoker 7ft tall, we move it around with a pallet jack. Unit was purchased from a butcher going out of business. Not sure of make n model off hand.
We ran 300+ lbs of sticks, brats and jerky saturday. Had smoker loaded up with 125lbs of sticks at 5:30 with temp of approx 100f. Got to 120 and flame went out. 2 hrs later, decided thermocouple must died and abandonded gas valve entirely and piped direct from a 100lb bottle with a manual regulator. Not ideal and not the safest. Got it done and to bed finally at 4 am. 50lbs of ring balogna the next day went way easier. Tempatures came up fairly close to the temp and smoke guide for rings I found on this site.
We need to get the gas valve and pilot corrected and reinstalled. Once we get back to that point, I’ll have questions on how to keep the low temp.
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When you convert from natural gas to LP or back the orifices should be changed as you did but the spring in the regulator or the regulator pressure should also be changes. LP has approximately 2 1/2 times the BTU’s per cubic foot as natural gas hence the much small orifices for LP compared to natural gas. If the regulator or gas valve are made to be converted the manufacturer can supply parts and instructions for the conversion. Sometimes it’s just a matter of inverting the plunger but you would have to check with the manufacturer to confirm what is needed to convert. Normally pilots have a different orifice when they are converted also. If the pilot orifice hasn’t been changed you are producing much more heat than it would have with natural gas.
How do you know how much sure cure to put on your mix if it’s less than 25 lb ?
@peculiarb You can have an issue with pickled jalapenos and getting the meat to properly bind to them.
You can blanch fruits and veggies before adding them to sausage and that will help. Some people add them straight in, but blanching will help the meat bind together with the jalapenos. Not a requirement though. If the jalapenos don’t bind perfectly into the meat, when you slice the summer sausage, the jalapenos may not fully stick to the meat and just fall off the slices. It won’t hurt the sausage, but it may not be 100% perfect. I would at least dry the jalapenos thoroughly, but blanching would provide the best results.
Has anyone ever used pickled jalapeños in their summer sausage? I have a buddy who gave me a jar of picked jalapeños to add to his summer sausage I am going to make for him. Is this a bad idea? I’ve always used dried jalapeños in the past. Please advise! Thanks.
I have only made about three batches of snack sticks so far but, I have found that adding an extra ounce of water ( per 5lb batch) over what is called for in the recipe, makes the meat “flow just a little easier when stuffing into casings.
So far, the texture of the finished product has been great and I have had no problem with casings breaking etc. from the excess moisture.
I recently had a 26 lb batch of summer sausage end up with brown spots here and there? Could this be from cure not evenly mixed ??? Or from encapsulated citric acid not fully mixed in??? I’m thinking eca wasn’t mixed in good enough because cure was put in initially with spices and binder and I mixed by hand till I got good protein extraction because it was very sticky ???
I am going to be making a 10 pound batch of pepper stick snack sticks how much water do I add for easier stuffing. or is the water that I mix the sure gel in enough for the batch is there a ratio for sure jell to water?