If you're looking for ease of use, gas smokers can be a great way to go. Since clean burning gas is the fuel, there's no ash cleanup to worry about (other than your smoking wood ashes), they are easy to light, and maintaining the smoker temperature is a snap.
These smokers are designed to burn either propane or natural gas...one or the other. Propane has twice the energy content of natural gas. A different regulator is required for each type of smoker to compensate for this difference in energy content.
Smokers fueled by propane can be had for less than a hundred bucks for one of the economy models. A nice thing about them is that they are portable. Grab the smoker and the fuel tank and your off! Another plus is that you can smoke a lot of food with a twenty pound tank of propane.
Natural gas smokers don't have the portability that the propane models have, but the trade off is that your home's natural gas provides an endless supply of fuel.(If you pay your bill on time!)
One of these smokers is the perfect addition to a permanent outdoor kitchen.
Most light up with the simple push of a button. Turning a knob will allow you to adjust the flame to the desired output, so you can keep your smoking foods at just the right temperature.
A chip pan located over the burner is where you put the smoking wood. The wood chips should be soaked in water for a half hour or so before putting them in the chip pan.
Wetting the chips prevents them from going up in smoke too quickly. It's important that you don't use too many chips. There's not much ventilation provided for the smoke to escape, so a little can go a long way.
Several models are fitted with a water pan over the burner that gives you the ability to water smoke foods. Adding water with spices and/or beverages to the pan can add flavor and moistness to the meat in the food smoker.
Whether fueled by propane or natural gas, these smokers are a pleasure to use.