Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mitsuruss, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Your electric smoker becomes more stable with food in it because you increased the thermal mass of the oven
  2. crvtt

    crvtt Smoke Blower

    Just a note to everyone looking to order.  The cord hanger, as someone noted above on the #3, adds significantly to the cost of shipping.  I recalculated for a #1, and it added $6 to the shipping!!  Wish I'd have noticed that before I ordered.  I didn't mind spending $4 on a small piece of bent metal but $10 and it kind of stinks lol.    For those that haven't ordered, the cord hanger gets throw in the bag with the wheels and only adds a few ounces to the shipping weight.  
  3. Yea, that's exactly why I didn't order the thing. $3 bucks for the hanger and an extra $10 on the shipping cost. I don't think it would add that much cost to the shipping.
  4. Hi, donald.

    Welcome aboard.

    I live in the Lynnwood area too, near the new High School.

    Purchased a Yoder 640 pellet smoker at Foothills Fireplace and Grills, the week before Christmas

    Was given a heavy plastic bag that a pallet of pellets is shipped in, to use as a cover.

    I keep the grill covered and pushed back under the roof eves to help protect from the rain.

    Use a shop vac to clean  the ashes. As they will absorb moisture. 

    Keep a spray can of high temp paint and a wire brush handy. To clean and paint over any flaking paint as soon as they appear.
  5. I don't think a smokin-it user is going to have to worry about those last two items.
  6. louballs

    louballs Smoke Blower

    If there's any case for not getting the model #1 and going bigger, this is it. This morning was the first time I regretted not spending the extra $$ and getting at least the 2. I had cut my 10# pork belly into thirds and they BARELY fit. Also, the AMNS doesn't really fit either. Not sure how others got it in there. I had to prop it up crooked. Not much room for doing out of the ordinary stuff. The bacon wouldn't even fit sideways. This unit is now on craigslist so I can hopefully recoop some money and purchase a 2 or 3.

    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013
  7. wingzofsteel

    wingzofsteel Fire Starter

    I think I would have used vertical racks instead of hooks on those pork bellies. But, that's just me. I bought the hooks, but haven't had a need to use them yet on my No.1.
  8. louballs

    louballs Smoke Blower

    I don't have any vertical racks for the smoker. Had to get it in there the best that I could. Was a tight fit with the AMNS!
  9. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    movin' on decision, you'll be happy
  10. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds like a good reason to upgrade to me!
  11. louballs

    louballs Smoke Blower

    Wish I could afford it but spent a decent amount on this one already. Will have to hope someone takes this off NY hands first.
  12. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  13. This is the best one in my opinion. The reason is that each slab is actually held apart, unlike every other rack I have ever seen. All others have only one set of wire/steel in-between the slabs. That way no air/heat/smoke can circulate between the slabs. On this one, space is forced with each slab having it's own U shaped wire holder, which allows even circulation on all slabs. It only holds 3 slabs but, you can buy more than one. I have 4 and can fit 12 slabs on my MES40 with them. They all come out evenly smoked without having to mess with them.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2013
  14. Placed my order for #2 at 3:00 p.m. today; got shipment confirmation at 6:00 p.m.. The waiting begins. My first smoker, and looking forward to it. Thanks to everybody here for all their input, which really made the shopping decision something of a no-brainer.
  15. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats, that's one heck of a first smoker!
  16. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Might be the last smoker ever needed.
  17. That is my hope! Just checked the Fed-Ex site, they say delivery Monday. That is spectacular service - order Friday afternoon, delivery Monday. It helps to be located in an adjacent state, I think - and it sure knocks down the price of shipping, too. Now I'm researching recipes for the firat smoke, which will probably be pork tenderloins next weekend.
  18. wingzofsteel

    wingzofsteel Fire Starter

    When I received my No.1, my attempt at pork tenderloin was not satisfactory. Since that first attempt, I learned how to make  a brine for Pork Tenderloin, which made all the difference in the world. It is easy too, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of sugar and a little apple juice dissolved in hot water, let cool and submerge tenderloin 24 hours. Lately, I've been adding a bag of Old Savanna Crab Boil mix to the brine which gives it a great peppery flavor.

    Congratulations on your smoker.
  19. Thanks for this. I was expecting I'd need to brine, based on what I've read so far, but hadn't begun to look for recipes - so thanks for the list of ingredients. I wonder how similar Old Bay is to the Savannah Crab Boil you mention. I have a bunch of Old Bay I'd like to use up. I ordered a bag of Tatanka Dust rub also, which should be good. Tried Jeff's rub and sauce on a rack of baby backs last weekend (done in the oven), and those were both great, too, but not sure that's what I want on the tenderloin. I don't think I can eat enough fast enough for all the stuff I want to try. What a quandry!
  20. bocaboy

    bocaboy Fire Starter

    Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I decided to go with the #2 Smokin-It Smoker rather than its little brother. The shelf space on the smaller one, according to the manufacturer, is only 11" square which seems limiting to me. I have one of those small office refrigerators at home and by measuring its dimensions I was able to visualize what the #1 looked like. I've also read a couple of posts in this string that regret not having spent the extra money and having gone with the larger size in the first place.

    So the #2 it is! Now I just need to wait for my birthday moolah Saturday and I'm ready to order.

    Again, thanks for everyone's input in helping me reach this decision!
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