Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by old sarge, Feb 2, 2013.
Who owns a Smokin-it Smoker and what are your thoughts on performance and value?
I'm a recent buyer of the #3 Smokin It. So far throughly enjoy the experience and think it's a lotta bang for the buck. So glad I didn't get the newer MES 40 at cabelas when they were on sale which was the original plan.
I too eschewed the newer MES for a Smokin-IT (#2). Bought my first smoker last year - an inexpensive model from Lowe's that was great until the winds picked up and it started getting cooler at night. Decided on the Smokin-it after hearing about the first round of problems with the newer MES's, and didn't want to have to (or feel like I had to) mod the smoker like the MES folks. Finally decided that the batten-down-the-hatches design was the way to go.
I haven't been let down since. Unpacked it, seasoned it and cooked in it the same day. Since fall, it's been used about twice a week to do briskets, butts, ribs and ABTs. I've also been luck that the Amazen Tube has worked perfectly with the Smokin-IT. I love that I can turn it on, let it run for 24 plus hours (when necessary) and not have to fiddle with it - no foiling, no reopening for more chips/wood, no basting/spraying, no heat adjustments. I currently have all four grills and the both grill holders in the dishwasher.
I will grab a PID for it someday (or for the eventual #3 replacement) to soothe my engineer's desire for as an exact temperature as possible, but out of the box it's been more than I could have hoped for.
Well One a Marine- and thank you for serving our country- especially my family- I have been leaning towards getting a Smokin- it #3 and now per your testimony it is on a greater slant. Did you have to modify airflow in your unit to keep the AMZNSMKR going? I thought they were pretty air tight?
I've had no problem with airflow and the tube, with no modifications necessary. My brother has a #3, and the tube doesn't seem to work in his. I've also not noticed any airflow leaks (smoke coming from unexpected spots) - but maybe I'm the exception (or I've just not found a leak that exists). I have seen others who have drilled an extra hole in the bottom to assist with airflow - this is certainly one for the "your mileage may vary" categories.
Pastor I ve got the original AMNS dust burner and it worked fine on a test run in the #3. I still will test it with some food in the unit but it stayed lit so I have hopes it will work out. I also have some pellets that I'm going to try loading in the AMNS to see if that will work without jumping rows or other issues. Not designed for that but who knows..it might work. These units seem to thrive on just a small amount of wood while producing an intense enough smoke flavor for my use and taste. I've done a load of cashews for just an hour with a sliver of cherry wood and the taste was very smoky and my overnight smoke on a pork butt went without a hitch
Good deal. Thanks-
Glad to see you back on the site Dean.