New Masterbuilt portable/camping smoker!

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by travisty, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Anyone see the new Masterbuilt propane travel smoker they just announced!?

    [​IMG]Looks awesome, but sadly they are selling exclusively though Sams club, so ill either have to wait till they release to amazon or somewhere else, or have to get a membership to Sams Club [​IMG]

    Anyway, if you haven't seen it, go to and check it out, it looks sweet! It takes the smaller tanks which they say will last about 4 hours before you have to switch out, or of course you could get an adapter to a larger tank.
  2. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    TY for the info but I cant see this gizmo working right.  You'll probably go through a 10 propane bottles on a smoker.  It doesnt seem practical.  I'd like to learn more though.  Good idea, just dont think it makes sense using camping propane.
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks good for a couple on a budget or smoking Chicken. 4 hours on a tank does not get much done...JJ
  4. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, like I said I would probably just use the adapter and run a full sized tank on it.

    Did anyone manager to figure out the price on it? Sams club will only show the price if I have a card, or if my local store carries them, and neither are the case.
  5. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I looked here in town and it was $99.00.

  6. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    Cute little unit. $99.98 at Sams club in Michigan. 4 hours is about right on a 1lb cylinder using a 5000btu burner. That's the same heat output as a 1500 watt electric element so you could probably hold higher temps pretty well in that sized unit. The 20lb cylinder would be the best option cost wise.

  7. h8that4u

    h8that4u Fire Starter

    Wife just got me one at the local Sams club for our anniversary, $99.00+tax. Doing the initial burn in now, it jumped right up to about 350 degrees on the door gauge, it seems to be 20-30 degrees high compared to the Maverick. The small chip tray I loaded with pellets, and it lasted about 45 mins, but it does not hold a bunch so not to bad in my opinion.

    Its 70 here today, but calling for 4-8 inches of snow tomorrow, so most likely will be this weekend before I try to smoke a pork butt on it.

    I will pick up the adapter for the full size tank in the next day or two.

    I work away from home and stay at hotels a lot, so this will be nice while I am traveling and at work for 12 hrs, I can fire this up and smoke some meals.

    I will post some photos and more about it after I try it out.
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I looked into this little thing for a guy who asked me about it.

    Besides the little tank, you can hook it up to a 20 pounder too.

    It' a neat little thing for $99.98 at some Sam's Clubs.

    The video shows a whole picnic table full of people to be fed, but it's so small, you would have to cut a rack of ribs in half & put half on each of the two little shelves. Then each of those people would get one Rib.

    I figure it would be good for 2 people going camping.

  9. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. Perhaps if you did burgers or something you would be in better shape on space usage. Though I wonder what size of butt you could get on there if you just used 1 rack, perhaps that or a chicken would get you the most amount of food for the chamber.

    I do a lot of camping, and usually just my wife and our small children to feed, so I think it would be cool for that. Anyway, im just waiting till they show up at a Sams Club near me, and ill probably pick one up
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Probably get a mess of Dogs, maybe 8 Burgers, but I'm sure if you removed the top rack you could easily Smoke a full Butt in there---8 or 10 pounder.

    That'll feed a bunch!!!

  11. h8that4u

    h8that4u Fire Starter

    Sorry it took so long to reply, I have used this little thing twice now and so far I would have to say its surprisingly very good for the price.

    The first smoke was last Friday in Colorado Springs, CO. Smoked a 10+ lbs pork butt and a pan of Dutches Wicked Good Baked Beans.

    I started at 6:45 am, the temp outside was 16F, smoker got right up to 300F, filled the water pan and chip tray with Apple and Maple wood pellets.

    At 10 am I added the pan of beans and temp of the smoker was staying pretty steady at 275F. The weather outside had turned snowy and windy, had to

    move the truck around to help block the wind but it was chugging right along. I pulled the pork butt a little sooner than I really wanted it had an IT of 192F, at 12:45. But I was hungry and still had to drive back home. The pork pulled a little harder but tasted great. All 10lbs of pork and the pan of beans got demolished and no left overs at all.

    Today I smoked to racks of baby back ribs. Started at 8:00 am and ran the temp of the smoker at 250- 275 and pulled the ribs at noon.

    Again the ribs tasted great and had a nice smoke ring. I am now in Salt Lake City Utah and the temps outside during todays smoke was 35 at start and 57 at noon. The smoker maintained a steady temp all through the cook. I had I flare up at the start, but put some foil over the bottom rack to catch the drippings, and had no more issues.

    I did have to cut the ribs in 1/2 to get them on the smoker, but was able to get 1 rack of ribs on each shelf in the smoker.

    The photos are of the first smoke, did not even think of photos today. I will be here with work for about a month and will use this smoker quit a bit so I will try to get more photos and add more of a review later.

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  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's great !!!

    You'll be getting your money's worth in no time at all !!

    Thanks for the Great Report !!---------[​IMG]

  13. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks great "H8that4u"! glad to see the thing in action. By the way, I live in Salt Lake City myself. If you want some suggestions for great BBQ (or any other food for that matter) let me know, I can tell you what's good.
  14. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    It almost looks like you could get 2 10 pounders in there if they were pretty close! Or at least do a 10 and a 7 or something, that could feed plenty!
  15. rkingce

    rkingce Newbie

    How has your Portable been working? I bought one but am having issues with temperature being to high. Cant get it below about 250 degrees with all the vents open and on low. what is the lowest you have been able to get. I try to smoke everything @ 220.
  16. shawneeleelee

    shawneeleelee Newbie

    This is the first time I have seen this.  Sam's has a 1 day sale on it for $79.00 on August 6th.

    Going to Florida for a couple months in Jan/Feb 2017.  Was planning on taking my MES30, but this unit looks much more portable.

    I too have a question about how to get temperature low enough for smoking bacon.

    Looks like it would be OK for pulled pork, chicken, etc., for tailgating or camping.

    But if I can't smoke bacon, it will be of no use to me for my Florida trip.

    Maybe altering the low setting on the burner somehow......

    Any thoughts?
  17. shawneeleelee

    shawneeleelee Newbie

    Thinking about adding an electric heating element to make it more flexible.

    I have some ideas I can share.....
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    All you really need to cold smoke Bacon is an AMNPS and a Cardboard Box.


    Last edited: Jul 31, 2016
  19. h8that4u

    h8that4u Fire Starter

    With the small tanks, it will run 250 on low and 300 on high, I also got the adapter hose to run off a full propane tank, for some reason using that it will run 200 on low and 250 on high.

    I bought a thin piece of sheet metal from home depot 1ft x 1 ft to place above the smoke box/water pan shelf to help deflect grease and stop the flare ups, I will put that into action sometime next week while down in Texas.
  20. Hey Guys, just picked up one of these from Sam's last night for $49, marked down from $99.  I figured I have wasted more money at one time than this thing costs...  Looks like they are trying to get rid of their inventory to make more room for Christmas decorations! 

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