Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 80
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Gina Love This Smoker! Great Price!
Really love this smoker. Got it for Christmas 2013 at Home Depot. I have smoked quite a few meats in it since then. I use only wood chunks and propane gas. I put a 9" handle-less cast iron griddle on top of the chip tray and removed the rack that has the water pan in it. I put a 4" deep catering pan that is about 10" x 14" in the main smoker area..last rack so that I don't replace any water even after 16 or 20 hours of smoking. Works really well. My external temperature on the door was actually pretty accurate but I wanted something large dial so I could see the numbers and dial from the house so I bought the 3" River Country calibrator thermometer from Amazon. I also bought the shelf that Masterbuilt sells for their smokers from Walmart.com. All my mods cost about $30.
February 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BigTimeSmoker Product does what it says it will do; Smoke Meats!
This smoker does a fine job. I have read a few reviews that stated something about putting an aftermarket seal on the door. It does not need it. Sure some smoke billows out of the door seem. I have used this smoker numerous times now and have had no problem at all to leave a nice rich pink smoke ring around beef brisket or pork tenderloin. Itâs pretty easy to keep the temp at a desired range. I found its best when the charcoal pan is loaded up and the gas is turned on high while preheating. Then once the desired temperature is met cut the gas out or tune it to the lowest setting. Keep tossing wet wood chips on the hot charcoal every so often to keep a good smoke going.
August 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by GerryL Great charcoal/gas smoker for weekend warriors!
This is my first smoker. I do a thorough research for every thing I buy so with this unit, I had other units in mind. Anyway, one of the deciding factor was the dual-source charcoal/gas feature. I have so far used gas 2x to smoke big rack of ribs and a 20 lb. turkey which fit perfectly (see photos) upright or not. From what I have seen in home videos, most people modify their units to make it better. I only made 1 for this unit which is to put an 8" cast iron skillet on top of the charcoal tray to hold the wood chips or chunks whichever you want to use. I used both. The mod worked well. Other mods I did not do is installing a fiberglass strip around the doors to prevent the smoke from coming out. Smoke does come out of the side of the door but not that much. The manual states that this is normal. The smoke it suppose to come out anyway. Other things I've read about is the inaccurate/unreliable temp gauge. This is true. My temp gauge was at times giving perfect readings but most of the time 20-50 degrees off (higher.) So, I placed another gauge inside. Also, other complaints I've read is the small water tray. For me the tray is big enough. Placing anything bigger will cover some heat and smoke passing from the side. The tray did catch most drippings from the ribs and turkey. I did not have to clean a lot. But, I also placed a sheet of aluminum foil underneath to catch stray drippings. I only had to refill the tray with water every 2-2.5 hours at 225-250 degrees. With wheels, this unit is easy to transport and clean. The unit I bought was a display at my local HD. So, I got it for less. There were some minor parts missing which I called-in from the 800 number and was mailed to me quickly.
November 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Elsos Great Tool for First time smoker
Got this for Christmas and have been smoking so much I wonder when the fire department will swing by.
I am brand new to smoking and slow cooking, but now have come to look forward to cruising through the meat section at the grocery store, looking for more things to cook with it.
The only downside I've found is that I think the thermometer on the door is not accurate (about 20-30 deg. cooler) when comparing to my digital thermometer. Have read this is common, but still I want to do a better comparison test for both.
If you are like me and have always loved slow smoked ribs, pulled pork, fish, jerky and whatever you can think of, but are a little unsure of pulling it off, then just try it out and you'll be amazed at your new skills. And I had no idea that there is a huge 'smoker's culture' out there to hang on the coat tails for help and great ideas .
A friend has an expensive electric smoker that all you have to do is basically set it and forget it, but where is the fun in that. This is a great start with this unit, and you won't be disappointed for the value.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JSmoker For what I consider a value priced entry level smoker I would highly recommend
it was assembled perfectly and worked perfectly. For what I consider a value priced entry level smoker I would highly recommend.
October 29, 2014