Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 24
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Charlieco35 My Silver Smoker Has Lasted Since 2007!!
This is my 1st smoker ever. It took a lot of trial-and-error with pork ribs, beef brisket, beef short ribs, & chicken to perfect my smoking techniques. This has withstand heat as low as 250 F for slow cooking to as high as 400 F when grilling rib-eye steaks in the offset box. I bought an after-market temperature gauge to monitor the cooking temp; other than that, I still have the original parts (i.e. cooking grates, charcoal grates, handles, etc.). My only complaint is that there is not enough cooking area; so, it is hard cooking more than 2 meats. If this smoker ever falls apart, I will upgrade to another one with more cooking area. Great quality & good construction (smoker has lasted since 2007}; no problem with loss of heat during cooking process; looks MANLY in my backyard.
June 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by denziel56 smoker
I have owned 4 of these over the last 20 years...
The New Bransfield "Hondo" Smoker where the original builders, much heaver gauge steel, but the design is the same, not as good on cold days but will still cook championship brisket if you are a cook! I see many amateurs complain about the pit, but experience is the only thing they don't have...this is not designed to use charcoal, this is a wood only pit...not designed for high temps, slow smoke at a lower temp is the key, 250 degrees for 1 hour, per pound...it will work fine.
"Bruce's Far Flung Terlingua Beef Cook Team"
God Bless Texas.
April 30, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by SouthernYankee 2nd Generation
This is my second smoker of this brand. My first was about 15 years ago when it was produced by the New Braunfels Smoker Company before Charbroil bought them out.
Frankly, the current model is not up to par with the former. Charbroil is using thinner gauge metal and the construction is not as tight. I'm having to put bricks on the door handles to keep the firebox and smoker doors closed, whereas the New Braunfels smoker's doors own weight kept them closed and there was no "spring" or warp.
Other than the lower quality construction - the smoker performs beautifully. This is a very affordable and useable backyard variety smoker that will give you years of enjoyment - although I don't expect this one to give me 15 years like the last one did.
TIP: Buy this model already assembled so that you can observe the details vs. just hoping the one in the box is okay.
October 4, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PThomas Great Smoker
I've always thought that I could get great smoked meats simply by using my weber kettle grill. The results were good, but nothing like the results I've gotten from this smoker. I like having the offset as opposed to having the fire underneath because I have more control over the heat.
I've used this product as a high heat grill a few times, and it has produced great even heat.
The metal seems a bit thin, but I have not had any problems yet with warping. I have seen some rust start to form on top of the smoke box but I cleaned it and treated it with some high heat spray paint.
May 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wes Great little unit
Perfect for a fledgling smoker like myself. This little unit does what you ask it...especially when wood charcoal is used. Everything from brisket, all variety of ribs, turkey, beer can chicken, to pork butt...it'll do it up good. Then, when you need LOTS of grilling space, it's there. Catered a wedding reception with pulled pork and smoked brats with this, and the food got rave review. It's paid for itself many times over.
May 10, 2006
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by smokealicious CHEAP!
uncle bought this exact unit a little over a year ago. So, I bought one
sine I liked it so much. Over this past year, they must have changed
the design... thinner gauge material, different design, poor
The con's: thin gauge material warped firts use, now door's dont seal;
firebox door does not stay open - poor construction; the finish
blistered off the firebox; shelf slanted terribly, cant put anything on
I broke the unit in properly, oiled it inside and out, I lit a small
fire first night, a little larger second night, third day was the
smoke. Did a 9 Lb pork butt and a 12 lb brisket. The meat came out
EXCELLENT... so very delicious. Just upset about the drastic decline in
quality after 1 year.
October 14, 2007
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jaystew135 Misalignment
I bought this grill the other day and after I was done putting everything together the main hood does close all the way. I can not fasten the smoke stack all the way due to the misalignment of the holes. For example it has two holes for bolts but I can only fasten one of them down. The drip can holder was just an extra piece because I can not install it again due to the holes not matching up. I don't feel like taking it apart to return it plus I have already used .
Lot No- 50140214
February 1, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Ruby Red Does not align correctly
I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I put mine together last night and it did take some extra effort (piece of cushion and a hammer) to get some of the holes to align. It appears to solid with the exception of the smoke stack not sitting flush as mentioned in the other review.
February 17, 2015