Camp Chef or Smoky Moutain Series

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by bbrock, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. bbrock

    bbrock Meat Mopper

    I have made a few post this past week about about propane smokers I have a SNP and I like it. I am wanting a Propane smoker so I have made my mind up to get the 24in Camp Chef smoke vault and it is on back order.. So I just seen on Bass Pro shop a Smoky Moutain Series propane smoker. The only bad review that it had was it let alot of smoke and heat out of the door. So am going to ask you guys what should I go with.. I like both of them and am going to only be out a 100.00 bucks more if I went with the camp chef. And if I read it right I think the camp chef is just a little smaller than the smoky moutain smoker..Thanks again for your alls in put and info..
  2. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I bought the 2 drawer smokey mountain from Bass Pro, and I love it, I don't have to open the door where the food is to add wood or water, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a propane smoker [​IMG]
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now I have both of the smokers that your looking at. I would get the 24" smoke vault if I knew what I know now. You will be able to lay down a full rack of spare ribs and just over all more room for smoking stuff. Now the GOSM (great outdoors smokey mountain) is a good unit and I used one for maybe 3 years and I still use it for bacon and sausage and really small or low temp smokes. So it is still in uses but I use my vault 90% of the time.
  4. bbrock

    bbrock Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the info guys...
  5. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic

    Though I don't have either unit, I was shopping them both hard just before the end of the year and, based on what I read, heard, saw and felt, the Smoke Vault was my choice before it all got put on hold due to my move.
  6. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you go with the Smoke Vault, don't expect it to be airtight either. Mine loses some smoke around the door, but it hasn't been a problem. It has been a super smoker and the customer service is second to none. Good luck on your decision.
  7. matts

    matts Smoking Fanatic

    I have the 24" smoke vault and love it. The only issue I have found with it is low temp smoking. When the chip pan is placed in the designated spot in the rack, it doesn't get enough heat for smoking in the 175 degree range. But all you have to do is move the pan down on top of the flame and it works just fine. Camp Chef is who told me to do that, so it must be fine and it does work.
  8. aucivil

    aucivil Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    24" Vault is one sweet smoker.
  9. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Exactly, none are smoke tight, but my Vault is as good as I could expect to see a vertical. Some folks have asked for advice on how to correct this problem if there was shipping damage causing excessive smoke/heat loss, and usually it's just matter of a slight bend in the door or cabinet.

    I can't vouch for their customer service, as I've not had a problem with my SV24 for the 11 months I've been using mine (winter, spring, summer & fall, hot & cold smokes). Got mine for a Father's Day gift, and coming up on it's first complaints.

    A couple quick down & dirty mods to even out grate temps and reduce fuel use...figured it all out in about a week of use. It's been my main rig since I got it.

    If the extra 100 bucks expense doesn't bother you, and you can bring yourself to wait for the back-order, I'd go for the vault.

    I have seen pics of the double drawer GOSM, but I get a nice & light smoke for 5-6 hours using chunks, and the water pan can go for 6-8 hours between fillings since I did my easy mods to my Vault. I see no serious need for the extra accessibility, but I wouldn't argue that every vertical smoker design should include that feature.

    Which ever you choose, I'm sure you'll have many happy smokes!

  10. I have had my Smoke Vault 24 for a year and have never looked back.
  11. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I got the Smoke Vault 24. I had some smoke leakage around the door but nothing that a silicone seal from an appliance repair shop could not take care of. Customer service is outstanding as well.

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