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Old 12-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Volcano grill question

I just ordered a Volcano grill. I've been thinking about the different options and think ( hope ) I made the right choice. Looking for ease of storage, check. Compact, check. Choice of fuels, check. At home I have a homemade meat/fish smoker and need a good heat source for use in that. I'm hoping that the propane burner option will serve me there. My only question is can the flame be adjusted low enough for me. I need to keep my smoker as low as
150 - 175 deg. and sometimes higher so I hope it will serve me for that use. I need to come up with some sort of baffle inside to prevent dripping fat from buggering up the burner before I can try it. I also plan to take it along when we're Airstreaming so that's the primary motivation here. I was looking towards the Cobb grill and liked that one too but this Volcano just might be the ticket here. We'll see. We usually don't sit in one place long enough to get comfortable so I don't do too much outdoor grilling when Airstreaming but I plan to slow down our travels this winters trip south so I hope it works for us.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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Hi I too have been looking into the Volcano 3. I currently have a Cobb and am not impressed with it at all. I m hoping the Volcano stays hotter and lasts longer than the Cobb plus I like the drop down stow feature. Ive been waiting for the price to drop on Amazon but looks like the lowest is $130. I would love to learn how to smoke on the Volcano any tips would be great.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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Hi Nomad. Not planning to smoke on the Volcano. Just use the propane burner in my smoker for a heat source. I cold smoke salmon all the time but for meat I need some heat. I had been using a gas burner but it crapped out on me last year so I'm hoping this will serve my purposes. However, if you just sprinkle some damp wood chips over the charcoal no reason you can't produce some smoke for grilling purposes.
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:39 PM   #4
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If electric is an option, there is a great Good Eats episode where the host uses a simple electric hot plate to char chunks of wood to smoke meats in terra cotta planters and a separate show where he uses the same setup in a cardboard box for lower temp fish smoking.

BTW, propane is supposedly a bad choice for smoking since the combustion process releases a lot of moisture into the smoke chamber, but a lot of folks prefer using that method/taste for their BBQ.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #5
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I think you're right Wolf. Moisture is not all bad though. A lot of people put a tray of water in their smoke chamber to add moisture. I don't though. I've never felt it was needed. Maybe because I was using propane.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:16 PM   #6
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Volcano comes with a baffle. Not sure you can crank the burner down low enough for smoking, but for all your other requirements you are going to love the volcano.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:06 PM   #7
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Actually the smoker application was an afterthought. I had already ordered it. If it works great, if not I'll keep at it.
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We have a Volcano grill and use it for dutch oven cooking and for grilling.
We also have the propane attachment. I hadn't thought about using it as a smoker. Let's us know how well that work out.
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:56 PM   #9
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I will Dave. I have an old reefer that I use for the smoke chamber and smoke from an outside box with smoldering hardwood sawdust. Works great for cold smoking but this will only work if I can control the heat to keep it to low enough temps. So we'll see. Maybe an outside control valve will help out. What type of dutch oven do you have ??? I need to think along those lines too.
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Hey there Dave. My Volcano grill came last week. I like the look and feel of it but haven't tried it out for what it is. But, I did try it for what it isn't. I took the gas burner ( optional ) and gave it a go in my meat / fish smoker. Seemed to work great. I had no trouble getting the temp. Up to 200 deg. F and I think it could have handled even more. I'm happy with that and seemed to easily be regulated to even lower temps if needed so I'm a happy camper. Or maybe better said, Happy non-smoking Smoker. Now to get some bellies and make some bacon.
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I ordered mine the other day im soo excited. Ive been waiting for awhile trying to see if the price would drop..finally gave up and ordered it. Im gonna use the cob for veggies etc. and the Volcano for meats. I will still use my soaked woodchips in each for flavor but would love to learn to smoke stuff. (foods) hehe
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:44 AM   #12
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Smoking is not difficult. There is a little science in the curing process. Not much but too much to go into here. The smoking part is the easy part of it. Heat or no heat depending on what you want. This little gas burner works for the heat side of things for me.

There's plenty of help and guidance on the web. Google and Utube are your friends in this.
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