Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CJ Love it!
I have been looking at different smokers for about a year, and since I am a beginner I decided to go with propane fired for ease of use. This smoker has recieved high ratings from numerous sites I visited, and when I caught it on sale at HD it was a done deal. I had the day off when this baby arrived and I was giddy like a little boy as I tore open the box and began the setup. The setup was fairly easy and took approximately 30-45 minutes. After seasoning my smoker I couldn't wait to use it the first time. I have only owned this thing for 30 days and have put it to good use, we have done lake trout, jerky, whole chickens, pork butt, and ribs. One of two negatives I have so far is when I did the ribs, the cabinet is not quite wide enough to fit a whole rack of baby backs so I had to cut them in half, which is not a huge deal since we won't be doing ribs all that often. I could not believe how easy it was to control the temperature on this thing, once the smoker and water pan are up to temp it holds steady and you may have to slightly adjust a vent every now and again. The second negative is with the temp gauge in the door, mine is off by about 25 degrees, again not a big deal because I have never been a fan of door gauges and made the investment in a dual probe digital thermometer so I can monitor smoker temp and meat temp simultaneously. I would highly recommend this smoker to anyone who is looking for a quality product that produces consistent results. Don't pass this one up, especially if you happen to catch it on sale!
January 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SmokeFreak Camp Chef 18" propane smoker
Easy to assemble, takes about 30 min. I have used this smoker several times now with great success, it works in wind and cold conditions. 18" is large enough for a turkey. I was concerned about propane usage, so far that has been a non-issue, But result can obviously be quite different depending on temp and cook times. Temperature control is a breeze and stable. I have used electric and charcoal smokers for years and will never go back to them after using this propane smoker. Happy Smoking!
March 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MC Excellent Smoker
I did A LOT of research before I purchased this smoker! The Achilles heel of the electric smokers seems to be the element, so I decided to bypass that completely and go with the propane burner which, in my experience, very rarely break or have problems. Another weakness of the electrics is getting them hot enough in the winter. When the burner on this thing is cranked, even on a cold day, I can easily get it to 400 degrees, not that many smoking situations call for that! It seems to be very well insulated.
However, if the wind is blowing fairly hard (as it does in Oregon in December) it can play havoc with keeping the temps stable. Be prepared to build some kind of windbreak to keep the flame from being blown around.
December 22, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Airshot good value in a smoker
My recent purchase of the smoke vault smoker went quite well thru Home Depot's online order system. Product arrived ahead of schedule and was notified properly when it arrived. Very well packaged so no damage could occur. Assemble was straight forward if you have basic hand tool knowledge. Good design and what appears to be quality materials when compared to others in the price range. The extremely wide temperature range was one of the deciding factors with this smoker and the fact that charcoal can be used in the chip pan to help enhance the true smoke flavor. Smoker is bigger inside than it might appear with having 4 racks inside, a lot of meat can be held in this smaller unit. Only real disappointment was the burner unit itself, it has been advertised on their web site as a cast iron burner but when mine arrived it turned out to be a stamped stainless steel unit so long life expectancy will not be as advertised. I was already aware of the extremely cheap temperature gage that came with the unit so not surprised that it does not work. However had already prepared and purchased an electronic temp probe for the smoker and meat so just considered the factory unit a nice decoration on the front. With the winter cold, I have not had a chance to actually use this smoker yet, but it appears to be as advertised and that is one of the best propane smokers in the price range and quality does appear to show that. Assembly was good with parts fitting properly, I believe that the reviews I read will prove to be correct accurate as the best smoker in its price range from what I have seen so far. For anyone interested in a propane fired smoker this unit should be given serious consideration.
February 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steph Love it!
We are very pleased with the smoker. Would recommend this product.
January 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SEM377 Great for cold weather climates
I researched smokers for several months and this was definitely the right choice for living in upstate NY. This smoker has the capability to get hot enough in cold weather. A lesson I learned while smoking a turkey last Thanksgiving when it was in the 20's and my electric smoker could only get up to 175.
The heat adjustment is sensitive but manageable.
The only thing I wish it had was more shelves out of the box. However, you can buy them separately.
October 21, 2014