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Propane Smokers item created by bmudd14474, May 26, 2010
Pros - Easy to use, constant temp in nice weather
Cons - Door leaks too much heat, heat is not constant with a little wind
I got this as a present and so far it has helped make some great smoked meat. Using quality wood chunks I can get about an hour to two hours of smoke before having to add more wood. It has lots of room for tons of meat but it should be noted that it's not wide enough for a full rack of pork ribs, you will need to cut them in half to fit. There are two cons I have with this smoker. First, the propane control is really sensitive. This isn't too bad but means you need a soft touch to obtain a desired temp. Second, the door leaks way too much smoke and heat, with the latter being an issue if you smoke in non-perfect weather. I had a problem with this over thanksgiving when it was cooler and a little windy. My smoker temp kept going down with each wind gust and as the temp outside dropped I began having a hard time maintaining the higher 325 degF temp I use for smoking turkey. Hopefully this problem is now fixed as I made a seal out of high temp wood stove RTV. Hopefully I will never have that happen again. Overall it's a great smoker for the money and I love using propane over coal.
Pros - just finished assembly
Cons - am smoking a 10# ham this weekend,wait and see
piece of cake to put together. well marked bags and parts with good instructions. I'll let you know next week.
Pros - features, drawers, room, easy to use, steady heat
Cons - temp gauge
Had a charcoal smoker years ago. This is a serious upgrade from that. Initial temperature setting was a bit twitchy, but once I dialed it in, it held for about 6 hours no problem. Ambient temp 28, smoker temp - 225. Temp gauge reads about 25 deg high. Smoked a pork roast and a chicken, and several bulbs of garlic. All came out great. Looking forward to a long relationship with my Christmas present...
Pros - compact size, large cooking area, easy to maintian temps
Cons - wood chip box way to small, temp gauge on door usless
Having the drawers instead of 1 big door is very useful because you don't lose heat when you go to add water or wood. I would only use wood chunks not chips in this smoker, because chips burn off to fast. I plan of trying to modify the wood chamber to be able to hold more than 2-3 chunks. With the cast iron box it comes with you only get about 45 min to 1 hour of good smoke at 220 degrees. The temp is very easy to maintain once you get use to the knob.
Pros - Easy to use, don't have to lose heat adding water or wood
Cons - holds 4 racks, but only comes with 3, has some leak problems
I own this one, and I love it for its ease of use, makes smoking alot less hands on, so you can spend more time with friends and family. But after awhile of use it started to leak smoke out of the drawers, and door, I'm gonna find a way to seal this, but this is my first smoker, so I'm not going to get bent out of shape over the small amount of smoke that leaks out. Overall I find this to be a very good smoker, and I do recommend it.