Master Forge Double Door Smoker

Average User Rating:
4.2439/5,
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Master Forge
  • Lowe's Master Forge Double Door Propane Gas Smoker * "Heavy duty" 36 In. Propane gas Smoker * 784 Sq. In. primary cooking area * 15000 BTU cast iron burner

Recent User Reviews

  1. home grown joy
    3/5,
    "Won't Buy Again"
    Value:
    2/5,
    Quality:
    1/5,
    Ease of Use:
    4/5,
    Heat Control:
    1/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Nov 30, 2014
    Purchase Price:
    170.00
    Pros - Inexpensive, has some great features like 2 door, propane, and room for 2 turkeys
    Cons - Does not last, parts break and are not replaceable
    I would call this unit a "starter" option. If you're not sure you're going to love smoking, and don't want to spend much, get this.  It has some features you'd want in a smoker although the thermometer on the door was very inaccurate from the get-go. But I am currently in process of replacing it after only 2 years. The bottom rusted out.  It has an unfortunate knack for breaking on Thanksgiving smoke day and July 4 weekend.  I literally had my turkeys ready to go in when the plastic attachment to the gas broke.  It is a permanent part that is not replaceable (parts not available) so my husband had to splice the hose and get creative with attaching the propane to the unit.  He saved the T-day dinner! But  now the bottom is rusted out.  I guess they don't really expect you to actually use the water pan (I do). (I assume this is why it's rusted out, but I don't know why for sure.)  This is not a unit for longevity.  As we say in Texas, I'm going to look for some bigger guns.
  2. richardct
    4/5,
    "great smoker for the money"
    Value:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    4/5,
    Heat Control:
    3/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Dec 30, 2008
    Pros - volume
    Cons - temperature control
    I had one for 6 years.  I caulked the holes and put a gasket on the door, so I didn't worry about smoke leakage.  I was able to cook a lot of food, did two 14 pound turkeys once.  Always had good results, even if the temp control was shaky.  But I tend to cook larger foods, Boston Butts, turkeys, etc. where exact temp control is not as crucial

    The door mounted thermometer was never reliable, so I always used a separate temp probe with my iGrill thermometer. 

    The two doors made it easier, with less heat and smoke loss, when adding more wood chips. 

    A great first smoker, good value for the money.
  3. smokifugotem
    2/5,
    "Never gets hot enough"
    Pros - Ample room, good lay out, right price
    Cons - doesn't heat to proper temp; ineffective thermometer; leaks smoke and heat
    This isn't my first smoker, nor am I a newbee at the whole smoking thing.  I'll spare you the story regarding the 2 damaged smokers I got from Lowe's before they delivered one that was acceptable (still damaged).  I was initially happy with the smoker: great design, plentiful room for one-family smoking; loved the two-door concept and still find that the temp loss when adding water and chips is rarely more than 10 degrees.  But I have consistently had trouble achieving sufficient heat in the smoker to properly smoke anything, and always end up finishing up my meat on the gas grill, even in warm temps!  I learned early on that 225 on the unit's thermometer is grossly inaccurate, and will not properly cook any size meat portion. But no matter what I do I can't get the heat raised enough to do the job.  I love the smoker and design and I'm trying to find a replacement burner with more BTUs so that I can salvage the unit.  Any ideas or suggestions welcomed.

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  1. glennmc
    Sounds pretty conclusive to me...
  2. tjmitche
    Agreed. Loving mine after about 3-4 yrs.  With the mods that were recommended here and the ones I came up with myself it continues to perform great!
  3. kanata smoker
    A buddy of mine did the same as Smokifugotem, and it really improved the performance, and I followed suit..better smoke and heat control for sure, which is a big help to those of us up here in the Ottawa Valley (Ottawa, Ontario) who have been experiencing a warm fall (40 - 50 Far) or (5 - 10 C) and no snow (Yipee). 
  4. smokifugotem
    Thanks for all of the suggestions.  I took the advice of many and sealed the doors of the smoker with 1/8" fireplace gasket rope.  It was the perfect width for the smoker doors and seals them tight.  I received my new burner in the mail, which has more than tripled the advertised BTUs of my original, non-functioning burner.  I know this may be overkill, but unless you've spent several days standing around a smoker with insufficient heat, don't judge.  I'd rather deal with too much heat than not enough.  Plus I wanted a well-built, long lasting cast iron burner.  I took the advice of others and purchased the burner with a needle control valve.  I'm mounting the new burner today and should have pics later.  Could I have just junked the whole unit and bought a new one?  Yes.  But I'm a cheapo and if my mods work, I think I'll have a great smoker and will have saved about $150 on a new one.  Maybe this could be an inspiration to others to bring new life to their old smokers.  If I can figure out how to post pics, I will.  Wish me luck!
  5. welbo
    I bought a display model from Lowes. It was a little beat up and didn't have the thermometer, which I didn't mind because I had read on here that those unit mounted thermometers are notoriously inaccurate. I have natural gas plumbed in and modified my orifice per instructions on this site, so it may not be apples to apples. The burner gets very aggressive on high. I did notice it leaked quite a bit of smoke and did not every get very hot however. So I again followed instructions from this site and sealed the doors with high temp rtv. It made a tremendous difference. The unit does not leak smoke except out the stack and will easily make 400 degrees. I use the holes in the front door where the thermometer should have been mounted to run the stainless wires from my Maverick temp probes and keep one probe mounted to the highest rack I have meat on. It has been great. It is as consistent as my 2nd gen 40" MES was but produces much more smoke at low temps. I highly recommend sealing the doors. It will make all the difference.
  6. reidwall
  7. cdn777
    I did the needle valve mod first. I turned the flame down to keep it at 225 degrees but it kept getting blown out. I then plugged every other hole and can hold the temps I want and it will not blow out.
  8. smokifugotem
    Hey congrats!  I've been frustrated with mine for awhile.  Yesterday, I did some more investigation of the burner.  I found it wasn't allowing flame through all of the orifices of the burner, so I cleaned it with a wire brush and got a better result, but not 100%.  So, with very little sense and an abundance of time, I completely removed the burner unit.  I'm trying to modify the unit now to accept a different burner.  Probably would be easier to just buy a new unit, but I'm cheap and it's Christmas so small modifications will have to do.  If I get it figured out, I'll post some pics.  Thanks for your suggestions.
  9. cdn777
    I took the recommendations on needle valve mods and using TT Ace's recommendation of plugging every other hole in the burner with stove cement. I am now able to control the temp and hold it where I want. 225 is easy now.
  10. ncwood
    Hi,
     
    When I got mine, it was short some hardware so they sent me a new hardware packet. So now I have a bunch of them, which screw do you need? If you want to send me your info, I could send you some.
     
    Gary