Thoughts on Masterbuilt's new Propane Smoker?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by grootsquad, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. Last edited: Apr 2, 2017
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The only concerns I have is low temperature control....   Most if not all manufacturers of propane smokers rely on using a water pan with water in it to control temps in the low 200's temperature range....    It's difficult, at best, for a manufacturer to supply a burner that will operate at low enough temps, 100-120 deg. F, to properly start the smoking cycle... 
  3. weev

    weev Meat Mopper

    I saw one yesterday looked like a decent unit hard to tell to much they always put them up on a shelf   

    one thing I did notice is that when you open the bottom door for wood chips the pan is on a wire support that is attached to the door  so that it swings out I thought that was nice easy to fill so your  not burning your hand   but I thought the pan was very cheap and flimsy    

    I wish I would have looked at it a little longer but I was  rushing thru      
  4. r2 builders

    r2 builders Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I wound up having to use a water (water or sand your choice) pan to control temps at most heat ranges.
    Without it I was getting fluctuations in the temps.
    Now with pan and a needle valve, I can hold low temps steadily.

  5. mrazz71

    mrazz71 Newbie

    I have the Masterbuilt 2 door propane model. I have yet to try using sand instead of water, what exactly is the difference? Are there advantages to using one instead of the other?
  6. r2 builders

    r2 builders Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    It's definitely a matter of opinion.
    I always use water and havent had any issues but there others who use only sand.
    I think it boils down to having some medium in the pan that helps regulate the swing in temperatures.
    Others will probably weigh in on this subject.
  7. I would also like to know if anyone has the "Thermotemp" model.
    I'm afraid to many comments may reference the standard models not the Thermotemp.

    I also wonder what is the lowest temp that can be maintained, under ideal conditions of course. LoL, how rare does that happen?!
    I'm usually in a good wind so the automatic shut off if the flame goes out is a great feature.

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