Camp Chef 24" Smoke Vault Review

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by swinefan, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. swinefan

    swinefan Fire Starter

    I replaced my old masterbuilt smoker with this guy.  I am so far very impressed.  As far as propane smokers go, I really can't complain.

    Pros.

    1)  Size.  It is very wide, so you can lay a lot of meat side by side with easy access.  This is nice compared to my backwoods which is far deeper but slightly thinner.  The price/size of this smoker is really incredible.  

    2) Holds temps very well, no issues at all.  Occasional flare-ups, but what can you do with a thin walled propane smoker.

    3) Fairly easy to construct.  

    4)  Cooks meat well as it should.

    5) My Masterbuilt bottom burned out, which is how it sadly died.  Did I take the BEST care of it?  No I didn't, it was my first smoker and I didn't know what I was doing at first.  This smoker comes with an extra bottom shelf that fits around the propane lighter to protect it from burning out, which is very reassuring.  There is a (albeit picky) con, covered below. 

    Cons:

    1)  The handle is not insulated.  I would wrap it in heat resistant tape if I were you, it can get very very hot.

    2) The bottom shelf that protects the bottom of the smoker from burning out is porcelain.  For the price, hey I really shouldn't be complaining. 

    3) It only came with two regular racks and one "jerky" rack.  I got it on amazon, and they only carry the "jerky" racks to be bought seperate.  I need to order two more regular racks from Camp Chef direct.

    Well there you have it, if there are any additional questions please let me know. As far as I am concerned, having burned through a Masterbuilt and having done a TON of research I really must say this has to be the best propane smoker on the marker.
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've had my Smoke Vault for several years.

    It is a very good smoker.

    Actually it has been my go to smoker lately.

    That is until I got my Lang.

    Al
     

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