Masterbuilt Gas Smoker XL

Average User Rating:
4.2381/5,
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Price:
$190.12
By:
Masterbuilt
  • Large capacity propane smoker.

Recent User Reviews

  1. cnapierala
    2/5,
    "Great smoker until it started on fire"
    Value:
    2/5,
    Quality:
    1/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Heat Control:
    5/5,
    Pros - Large, cheap, cooks well
    Cons - Several reports of the propane hose catching on fire, rusted out quickly
    I loved this smoker until we found the control knob melted and fire shooting out of the propane hose.  It lasted about 2 years before it started rusting out badly.  I just bought a Green Mountain Pellet smoker and wish it would smoke as good as this did.
  2. ender
    3/5,
    "Worked well at first especially for the price."
    Pros - Lot of space
    Cons - Eventually stopped heating up past 150
    I bought this smoker and Gander Mountain and I used it quite a bit and have liked it a lot.  The last couple of times I've gone to use it, however, it won't heat up past 150 degrees.  I tried putting a new propane bottle on it to see if that would fix the problem but it won't.  There seems to be a problem with the regulator perhaps?  I've looked into finding a replacement burner/hose line but can't seem to find one. 
  3. jonf
    3/5,
    "Worked great for first smoke, but failed after"
    Value:
    2/5,
    Quality:
    1/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Heat Control:
    1/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Jun 20, 2014
    Purchase Price:
    149.00
    Pros - Plenty of room for full rib racks and lots of wings
    Cons - Igniter never worked. Regulator failed on 3rd smoke. Sub par parts.
    I've had this smoker for about a month now. Originally I was quite happy with it and really didn't even mind that the igniter was bad/intermittent right out of the box.

    On the 3rd smoke, it killed $60.00 worth of ribs due to a bad regulator.

    Being Sunday, Masterbuilt is closed. I'll call Monday and see if they have an upgrade or if not, I'll either buy a decent regulator or just take the whole tin box back to Bass Pro.

    Here's the original review if you want to read it.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/165066/masterbuilt-xl-propane-smoker-first-cook-and-mods

User Comments

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  1. xblume
  2. four20
    Hate to hear that. regulators do fail but sometimes dripping can make their way into the valve on the smoker and gum them up. Most are simple to disassemble and repair, but I suggest if you have no experience take it to an appliance repair shop. Simple propane smokers are easily repaired.
  3. four20
    Hate to hear that. regulators do fail but sometimes dripping can make their way into the valve on the smoker and gum them up. Most are simple to disassemble and repair, but I suggest if you have no experience take it to an appliance repair shop. Simple propane smokers are easily repaired.
  4. jonf
    Well that's interesting. All the green "review details" are no where near where I placed them. Ease of use is correct. The rest should be almost nothing...
     
    So I just got off the phone with Masterbuilt. They would be happy to send out a replacement burner, regulator, and igniter but they are on back order until August...
     
    They suggested I ask Bass Pro if I can exchange the unit...
  5. schmitzmoke
    I don't know how your getting rust in a smoker that's seasoned with Pork fat and grease drippings, my smoker is two going on three years old and not a speck of rust in or outside! The burner is as clean as the day I bought it. I use a throw away tin to catch the dipp'ins and toss it after a few uses. Toss a few pieces of tin foil on the bottom around the burner to keep it clean. I've never hose it out. I live in Tampa so its humid and wet all the time here. I use a simple cover from Wally-Mart to keep the rain off,, that's it!
  6. unclewoody
    I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago from Home Depot and ended up paying $161 for it after they matched + 10% the Bass Pro Shop sale price. I would agree that it's not as solidly built as some of the more expensive smokers I've seen but if I can get 3 years out of a $160 smoker I'll be happy.
     
    So far it has worked great. I've smoked 40 lbs of peameal bacon (cured pork loin) a couple of times now and they turn out really well. Someone suggested getting an 8" cast iron skillet to put the wood chips in. That was well worth the money.
  7. ghillie850
    evvo is exactly right in his assessment of this smoker. 
    I have exactly the same problems with rust.  Three years and it is completely unusable.
     
    I am looking for either stainless or heavy aluminum for my next smoker.  This was my 4th and I am tired of wasting time building new ones and carting old ones away.
     
    Anyone know where I can find a great smoker?
  8. schmitzmoke
  9. schmitzmoke
    I first built the base with 1x3 pressure treated lumber and 4 wheels from Harbor Freight, then simply placed the smoker on the base an used 4 small sheetrock screws through small holes in the smokers legs into the wood base. Very cheap and simple to make.
  10. jrstout55