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Propane Smokers item created by bmudd14474, Dec 15, 2010
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.
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.
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.
Pros - Able to ready load the racks full
Cons - small water and smoker pans
I had read many reviews before getting this smoker. It was recommended to get a cast iron fry pan to replace the small smoker pan which has helped for wood use. Still have problems with regulating the heat. You alsop have to open the box to add more wood decreasing your heat and loss of smoke.
Pros - Volume, and lots of it
Cons - Cheap materials, short life, quick rust. Undersized water pan. Useless wood chip pan.
First year: had to adjust the door to get decent fit and heat control.
Throw out their tiny water pan and put in a decent sized lasagne/baking dish, unfortunately it means you have to sacrifice the bottom shelf because there isn't enough room.
The wood pan has wide open areas which allow the flame to come up and ignite the wood. Bad design. I put big ikea skillet on top of it (removing the handle).
I smoked a 25 pound pig and still had plenty of room for sausages, chicken, etc!
Second year: the burner barely put out any heat. Couldn't get much above 150F. Removed the burner and cleaned it out as much as possible... but there was still something metallic rattling around inside it.
Third year: DEAD. The metal collar around the burner came off in my hand and crumbled. It and the bottom of the cabinet had rusted away. also the burner seems to be back to being weak and needing cleaning or replacement.
If I knew a metal fabricator I'd have him cut & install a new bottom (stainless?) but I don't think it's worth lugging it to a professional and paying to have it reinforced. If I were going to do that I'd probably also find a 3rd party burner to replace the cheap one from MasterBuilt.
Notice that their warranty is only 90 days and explicitly excludes rust. This tells me that they know that they're using the cheapest steel that they can get away with and they don't care about the longevity of their products.
Pros - Easy, quick to temp, easy assembly, high quality, easy temp regulation big chip bowl
Cons - Water bowl is a tad bit to small for me, but easily fixed.
I have been looking high and low at smokers. I have a friend who is really into smoking, which after tasting some smoked ribs he made, well I could no longer resist. I made sure that I searched high and low for the best reviewed, and best priced smoker I could find. Well I found it. I got mine for 159.00 with free shipping. Bass Pro shop ran the special. I bought it immediately. I received it, set it up, and smoked all in the same weekend. It was wonderful. I tested the temps, and the temp gauge on the front was off of course. Any research will tell you that they are going to be off. Again easy fix. Heat was perfect. I didn't even have to mess around with any oven tape, etc. Easy to use, set the temp, refill the water, and chips. That is it. It is easier than I imagined it to be, since I watch a few friends struggle with their charcoal smokers. Quality is high as well, and the best value I have come across. Even for full price, if I had to do it over, I would pay the full 199.99 price for this thing. Completely worth it!
Pros - Cabinet space , Easy to use, Consistent temps with slight mods, Masterbuilt Customer Service, VALUE for the money!
Cons - Few flaws but Masterbuilt stood behind them! Mild chore for one person to move around but easy for 2!
You probably will not find anyone who has done the "smoker research" as well as I have. After countless hours on line not only reading reviews but comparing reliability from long term owners as well. I watched multiple Youtube videos from owners of each and every product I was considering. My main points were PRICE , VALUE, RELIABILITY, and a little extra value splashed in for good measure. Next thing I wanted was a retailer who would stand behind the product in the event it was not what I expected. That is layman's terms for will they return it after I use it if it is not what I thought. I decided that the "box stores" not only offered competitive pricing but they carried from 60 to 90 days no questions asked SATISFACTION guarantee. Now that made it easy as to whom to purchase from. Next, the box stores offered (for very LITTLE extra) a replacement plan (not repair) so for the following 2 to 4 years after purchase if something breaks they will give me a gift card for the full value I paid PLUS my sales tax to allow me to buy a replacement. So if in 3 years my burner goes out and I want a new unit I call the 800 # and its game on. Money well spent to me. Back to the smokers.....I decided on the Masterbuilt Dual Door Dual Fuel 30in from HD. After I got home and before opening I decided to look one last time on line and decided that I should have got the Master Forge Dual Door for the $20 savings. So the next day I drove to L???S and bought that one. Now I have both smokers in boxes in my garage unopened. That's when I gave the reviews and research one last swing and boy was I glad I did. That is when I found a smoking deal at B??S P?O on the wide model Masterbuilt GS40 . Not only did the sale special make it cheaper then the others but it was exactly what I wanted anyway. That extra space goes a LONG WAY! So after having all the smokers in my garage at the same time I returned the 30 in models (no questions asked) for full refunds and kept the XL Masterbuilt Propane and could not be happier. I have had it over a month now and it has been used at least 8 times already. Each time it gets easier and smoother to use. The food seems to get better and better as well! The few minor issues I had with the unit was quickly made good by Masterbuilt customer service. The parts they sent arrived quickly and without hassle. All in all, if you can find this smoker under $200 then go get it. That is not much more then the smaller units yet it has tons more space. Now if you can find it on sale like I did........that is even better! Good luck on your quest for a good value and inexpensive smoker. I know I did!!!
Pros - size, cost, ease of use, heat control
Cons - needs mod to make it a really great smoker
The best part for me is that it can handle a full brisket without bending or cutting. I don't always need the capacity, but the 4 or 5 times a year when I do it is not a want but a need. Without rewriting everything that has already been written, the smoker is on sale for $160 at BassPro.com with free shipping to the store (no idea why they won't just sell it a the store for this price and save everyone the hassle).
Pros - Inexpensive, Huge Capacity, Good temp control
Cons - Bad Original Chip Pan Design, Small Water Pan
Got this on sale plus free ship to store at Bass Pro Shops for a bit less than 150 bucks. So far so good, with a few shoulders, st. louis ribs, baby back ribs, and soon to be cold smoking some cheese in it with using the AMNPS that I recently got.
I don't know if I got lucky or what, but I can easily keep my temps low or high. 225 is just below medium on the adjustment knob, can get to 400 on the highest, and pretty darn low on the high end (though the high pitch whine from the burner drives me nuts).
I have the Charbroil cover which fits perfectly. We will see how it holds up after being outside all winter here in Michigan.
Pros - Size
I love it. It allows you to smoke whole racks of ribs, without cutting them to fit inside. The thermometer is off but so are all of the others. The door seal is tight on it and did not need the extra seal rope.