Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 93
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by deptchief best smoker for the monies no doubt.
i was debating on this grill as i was looking into electric smokers as well. a couple of reasons i went with this unit. one, i like to go camping and if i decide i want to smoke meats, i wont tie up an electrical outlet by using propane or charcoal. i do not use charcoal to smoke and i took out the charcoal pan and put in a small cast grate i had and a 8'' or 9'' cast iron skillet to put my wood chunks in. reason? flame from the burner will eventually ignite the wood in the factory tray and the little mod keeps chunks from flaming. works perfect as i smoked 3 racks of ribs (after seasoning of course) and these were the best ribs i have ever made. keep in mind, this unit will get to 400 degrees easy and that was another reason i picked this as electric cant touch that. after preheating, i set the knob on low. kept 225 all day
February 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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. It’s 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jasso84 great for first time smokers
this is my first time using a smoker i wasn't sure what i will get, hoping i would get what i see on the food network. Well i was very pleased i made a 5 lb pork shoulder for about 6 hours at 250 - 300. some smoke does escape but the instruction says its supposed too had to change the wood chips every 45 minutes or so. used Charcoal and gas had the gas at the lowest setting and temp stayed good. Great for first time smokers just remember to treat it first to burn all the chemicals.
April 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by Smokin So Glad I choose this one
Stop looking around and trying to compare different models and brands. This is all you need for the average home owner. I beat myself up trying to decide what to buy. Picked this one, and now we are practically married. I think about her in my sleep and cant go pick up milk and eggs without grabbing some sort of dead animal to toss in there..... Just get it....
February 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JimS Its all about the aftermarket upgrades!
If you are buying an LPG smoker you need to invest in 2 things right away.
1. Remote Digital Thermometer -- why stand around guessing at the temperature, when you can sit watching the game, and know exactly how your smoker is performing.
2. Replace that propane line, with one that has a needle valve, otherwise your wasting your time and money. The propane lines for this smoker and pretty much every other gas smoker are $2. specials. Hit up Amazon and get a Bayou Classic LP Hose Regulatr Assembly with needle valve, to precisely control the smoking temperatures (even cold smoking is possible!).
June 10, 2013