Does anyone use a Cookshack Smoker ?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jimmy48, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. jimmy48

    jimmy48 Newbie

    I am looking to buy a smoker.  Have good things about the Cookshack Smokers, does anyone use one and how good are they ?


  2. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Welcome aboard!  Sorry I'm not familiar with the Cookshack but wanted to welcome you at least!  I'm sure they'll be some folks coming along shortly who can provide some information on the Cookshack.  
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do not have the Cookshack but its brother the SmokinTex 1400 unit and I love it. I also bought the A MAZE N SMOKER to go with it to cold smoke and with the two I have the abilithy to do anything
  4. I don't have one myself but wanted to welcome you to the family.
  5. jimmy48

    jimmy48 Newbie

    Thank you all. You made me feel great.
  6. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have owned a Cookshack for about two years and I love it. It was an upgrade for me from an ECB. It does an awesome job. I love that the door seals very tight, it takes minimal amount of wood and it's easy to use. The temp control on mine (I have the Smokette II) is pretty much dead-on and when you open the door, it rises back up to cooking temp relatively quickly (at least compared to ECB, in my experience). Maintenance is super easy, just line the floor and cover the wood box with some heavy duty foil and remove the foil to clean...that's it. I have never had any issues with it and would certainly recommend it to anybody. 
  7. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    Cookshack, very good choice. which one are you looking at ?  I've got 2 FEC-100's , Quality product, well insulated, excellant customer service staff. made in ponca city, okla. usa. not imported. if you have any questions i'll try to help you all I can.
  8. Welcome. Hope you enjoy what ever smoker you end up getting.
  9. jimmy48

    jimmy48 Newbie

    Wow, you guys really answer questions.  I can't get an answer from my own State.  The Smoker is the Smokette  Elite - Stainless Steel, SM025.  Don't really need anything bigger right now.  Just going to use it from family and friends.

    I want to thank all of you who got back to me.  Will let everyone know how the first Brisket turns out.
  10. I am thinking of buying a Cookshack Elite SM025.  looking at the photo of this unit , I cannot see any air vent on this smoker.  Is that possible that there is no vent?  What about creosote buildup on the meat?
  11. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.

    You are going to fit in just fine.
  12. hilary...there is a small vent in front of the control panel on top of the smoker...hope this helps...
  13. Is that vent adjustable to regulate the heat?  Would you recommend the Cookshack Elite SM 025?  How long do the heating elements last?
  14. The SM025 is what I have...I love it and recommend it highly

    ...I may sell it in the future, but just to size up!

    The vent is not adjustable, but the unit does very well with heat and humidity control (ie no waterpan, etc needed)

    Not sure how long the heating element lasts, though I do know that in the last several years they have upgraded the element and it has worked well for me so far...

    The big benefits to me are:  crazy insulation (you can cook in any weather), made in USA, unbelievable customer service, and great temp regulation
  15. Thanks very much for the information.  Will look into buying one now.
  16. For example with the Cookshack smoker.  I open my present propane smoker every hour to spray the baby backs with apple juice.  Do you still do that with the cookshack?  I have been looking at youtube videos and they say to just put the ribs in the smoker and leave it for the whole time with one little block of wood !! Is that correct?
  17. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You might also want to take a look at these guys - I have been using mine for about 3 years with great success. I have the 1400 model
  18. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    It's your preference. I spray the meat while it's smoking sometimes, but you probably don't have to do it. If you do open the door, it doesn't take long to get the temp back up. 
  19. shtrdave

    shtrdave Smoking Fanatic

    I never spray my ribs when cooking them, I have a CS Smokette, had it for 10 or 11 years now, I have never had any issues with mine and it has been used very hard. Like someone above said, line with foil and top the wood box also with foil and a Putty knife or scraper to get the big chunks.

    I hope this is allowed but try this, they are a friendly group just as here.
  20. kadoka

    kadoka Smoke Blower

    hillary... I am also looking into a Cookshack, Model SM009-2. Have heard good things about this brand. I found a company with a better price than Cookshack. Let me know if your interested. Good luck and let us know what you decided on.

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