Gas smoker with thermostat?
I heard a couple of years that one of the big smoker manufacturers (maybe Masterbuilt) was bringing to market a propane smoker with a (assuming digital) thermostat control that works just like a home indoor gas oven. This would be an ideal setup for me. I have an old Bradley and a newer GOSM. I prefer propane to electric but my propane needs to monitored for temperature fluctuations more closely than I care to. I'm a "set it and forget it" kind of guy. Has anyone else seen or heard of this type of rig being sold?
I can't answer your question, but gas on a thermostat is great for reducing any "gas flavor" you may experience in your finished product.
I have used multiple commercial smokers that use gas for heat and to fire the wood smoke box. By having a thermostat, the gas doesn't stay on constantly. The wood gives off heat (and smoke) which helps reduce gas consumption as well. One of these pits I vividly remember firing the gas burner every few minutes for a few seconds at a time. Not much gas burned, and the addition of the wood gives a very good final product.
On the commercial side, the biggest names are Ole Hickory Pits & Southern Pride. Both great companies with very good machines.
Ole Hickory sells a residential sized unit, but it is fairly expensive. Certainly not in the same class, or price range, of a Masterbuilt.