The smoky flavor achieved in gas smokers comes from wood chips, wood chunks or wood pellets placed in the grill. Usually, the longer the cooking process the larger the pieces of wood you use should be. It is usually easier to control the temperature in a gas unit than charcoal grills and smokers. With gas, you do not have to constantly watch and adjust the temperature. For most cooking applications you can adjust the settings, time the cooking and not have to worry about the rest.
Since no electricity is required, it is much easier to take your gas smoker wherever you want to go. Camping, picnicking, tailgating and other activities are perfect settings for gas units. They also give you more freedom to socialize during the cooking process, rather than standing over hot flames for several hours while everyone else has fun. All you have to do is keep up with the time and refill everyone’s drinks.
Gas smokers come in a variety of price ranges and sizes. If you will primarily be using it at home, any size will do if you can afford it. If you want to carry your unit with you, consider a smaller more easily handled unit. Since there is an open flame when cooking with gas, there are safety considerations. Be sure children and pets are kept away from the unit when in use. Be sure to shut off the gas when you get finished cooking. Store gas tanks in a safe location.