Introduction

There is hardly anyone who will not enjoy a smoked piece of delicacy with that succulent tenderness melting into the mouth. I for one can say that for me, no menu at the outdoor party is complete without that perfectly cooked item that oozes the special wooden smoky flavor with every bite. Smoking food is an age-old process and when done in the right fashion it can result in an extremely enjoyable dish. On the other hand, if the smoking is not properly done not only does it cast a dark shadow on the menu but an undercooked item can also be downright injurious for our health.

For every cook, whether a professional or an amateur, the right piece of equipment to smoke the food is essential. Like all other products, with the wide variety of choices available in the market, it is very easy, especially for an inexperienced buyer, to get confused while trying to purchase a smoker unit. I faced the same confusion myself and if you are in search of a good smoker I am sure you would like to start by knowing some fundamental guidelines to help you make the best choice. So to start with, I will share a few guidelines and key points to keep in mind while buying a smoker unit.

 Choosing the right Smoker unit:

  • The budget you set is very important when you are planning to buy a smoker unit. Smokers of a wide variety of price ranges are available with the basic and simple ranges to start at around $100 and the high-end models going above $10,000. Depending on your need, the frequency of use and the features you need, you can set the amount you want to invest.

 

  • The type of fuel you want to use is also a determining factor when you make your choice. A smoker can use any heat source ranging from traditional charcoal, then electrically powered ones and also gas fuelled ones. The point to be noted here is that each type has its own advantage and disadvantage and can also bring our different tastes in the food items being smoked. Depending on the type of fuel you want to use, you can pick your model.

 

  • It is important that you choose the right size based on your need. Smokers come in a wide range of internal space and you can use the age-old thumb rule of one pound of meat per person to estimate the volume you need. You also need to keep in mind the footprint of the unit and the storage of the same.

 

  • Another important point that needs to be checked is the amount of control a smoker offers to you. Setting and controlling the right temperature is a key to the entire process so I would definitely not choose a smoker that does not offer temperature control. The digital models offer a good amount of control and in many charcoal or wood pellet smoker, there are dampers placed to control the airflow and thus the heat.

 

  • The build quality and the sealing is another important factor to keep in mind. Smokers built of thick metal will preserve the heat and a good sealing will prevent any leakage of smoke from inside. I will also suggest checking for the durability of the unit and the internal parts so that things do not get rusted and fall apart within a short period of time, especially after repeated washings with water.

 

  • I always pay much attention to safety and as a smoker is mostly used in a family situation, you would definitely want it to be a safe piece of equipment. So while buying it is best to keep the safety factors in mind especially about the outer body and the handles which can come in contact with skin.

 

  • The deal about using a smoker to prepare those delicious BBQs is that you have to clean it properly after every use. So before buying, make sure to inquire about whether the cleaning process for the interiors is simple or not. It is important that you understand the cleaning process and maintenance methods and have the time and energy to clean the unit of your choice after every use.

 

  • I will recommend buying types of equipment from brands that offer a decent warranty and also provide a good after-sales service. So take a good look at the records of the brand you have chosen and make sure they will be there for any support that you may need about the product.

 

So after mentioning a few points to remember while buying a smoker, let me now list down a few of the best types of equipment and their features, from various brands, that I have found to be the top picks of the lot. To make things easy for you, I have personally checked and tried out all these units and taken feedback from the real-life users and a few friends who have bought them for their use.

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This stylishly crafted digital electric smoker is perfectly engineered and extremely convenient to use making it the ideal equipment to help in satisfying your taste buds.

Introduction:

This 30″ Digital Electric Smoker built by Masterbuilt is a classic example of good engineering blending perfectly with an aesthetic design. After using this electric smoker for some time and having tasted the food smoked in it, I can definitely appreciate how easy it is to use for even a first time user. Masterbuilt, with its years of experience in the business, has built an excellent product that would be a perfect addition to your cooking ranges. Let us move into the details and take a closer look at this equipment in order to understand it better.

 Unique Features:

Digital Control Panel

The model consists of an ergonomically placed digital control panel which makes it very simple for you to control all the functions once the smoker is plugged into the power source. From the power on/off to the timer control and the temperature setting, everything is placed within the range of a few touches. Personally, I found the panel quite convenient to use and control the functions of the system as per my requirements.

Chrome plated smoking racks

The smoking racks in any smoker have to be sturdily built and Masterbuilt has done a great job here by providing them with chrome plating. This feature increases the durability of the racks by making them more capable to withstand the high temperatures inside the smoker. This also makes the smoker look great and yes, write what you were thinking; easy to clean after using it.

Patented Wood Loading System

We all know how difficult is to open the door and load wood chips in the smoker when it is in operation. Now, here is the deal:  Masterbuilt has the patented wood loading technique that helps one to load wood chips without opening the smoker door. This technology makes things extremely easy for the user and also reduces the time for preparation of a dish.

An integrated thermostat

The most important factor to smoking an item to perfection is; yes, you guessed it right- the right temperature. The integrated thermostat system provided by Masterbuilt in this 30″ Digital Electric Smoker helps to maintain and control just the right temperatures that are needed to evenly cook the food. This brings out the perfect taste that you want to enjoy in your food.

A fully insulated body

Maintaining high considerations for user safety, Masterbuilt has made the body of the smoker fully insulated; making is safer for everyone who wants to handle it. This makes this digital smoker a very safe piece of equipment to use in a variety of environments.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 20.5 x 33.3 inches
  • Product Weight: 30 pounds.
  • Controls: Fully Digital controls, top mounted
  • Temperature: Temperature 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remote Control: No
Pros
  • Very easy to operate
  • Loading of wood chips quite convenient with the patented system.
  • Considerable food handling capacity to cater for larger families.
  • An insulated body for better safety.
  • Great to look at with perfect fit and finish.
  • Can be used by experienced cooks as well as beginners trying their hand at smoking.
  • Simple to clean and easy to maintain
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Cons
  • Price is on the higher side.
  • Less generation of smoke at lower temperatures.

Masterbuilt 20071117 30" Digital Electric Smoker

Bottomline:

 I am sure that you realize that the art of cooking is best mastered when you have the right equipment and this 30″ Digital Electric Smoker from Masterbuilt is one of the best types of equipment to have for smoked food lovers. The design and build of this smoker is of top quality and having recorded the feedbacks from multiple users, we can definitely say that whether it is for a home or a restaurant, this versatile product is definitely worth a purchase.

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This one of a kind digital electric smoker is feature loaded and stylishly designed to bring out that perfect smoky flavor in your favorite dishes.

 Introduction:

The Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker which provides the user with 725 square inches of internal space is one of the best smokers available in the market today. A friend of mine gave me his feedback about this equipment and he is very satisfied with its performance and reliability through the years and the sleek design comes as an added bonus. I have to admit that I am not a much of a good cook but when I tried out this machine I found that it had made me one. So let us take a look at its features in detail and find out if it is really worth all that praise.

 Unique Features:

725 Sq, inch capacity

The considerable capacity of the Smoker unit makes it ideal to cook a fairly large volume of food needed for those big parties, while at the same time it is ready to serve you on smaller requirements also. The volume is distributed into four separate trays which can be removed and shifted easily to make the necessary adjustments. This makes it very suitable for putting in a wide variety of food items of various shapes and size.

Insulated Construction

Not only does the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker is fully insulated but it also has a double-walled construction making it very safe for all-round usage. Even when it is set at a very high temperature, none of the internal heat is transmitted to the outer wall thereby providing total safety from any mishaps.

A removable thermometer

The unit comes with a removable thermometer for the food items to make it easy for you to get those cooking temperatures right.  Now, in case you are not sure whether the meat is fully cooked or not, there is no need to guess. You can just insert the probe into the food and it will notify you if the required temperature has been reached or not. The probe is easily washable and easy to keep clean for future use.

Digital display

This smoker has got a LED display unit to provide you all the required information that is needed to cook the items. The blue coloured display makes it quite readable and to make things even better, this equipment comes with a remote control. This makes it quite easy to use and many of the users whose feedback we took have found these features quite helpful for themselves.

Mobility

In case you are wondering that how to drag out the smoker unit for the outdoor party you are hosting, there is no need to worry any further. The Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker comes with wheels at its base and a perfectly integrated handle making it fully mobile and convenient for using both indoors and outdoors.

Construction

After seeing the unit and knowing that it is made of stainless steel, we can safely say that it is extremely durable and built to last through multiple years of usage.  As an additional feature, it also has a dual tone finish making it look extremely attractive and a perfect fit with the most modern indoor elements. The glass door also increases its visual appeal making it one of the best looking smoker units in the market. The door is also sealed to prevent any escape of smoke or heat from the inside.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 1 W x 16.5 D x 32.5 H-inches
  • Product Weight: 20 pounds.
  • Controls: Fully Digital controls, top mounted
  • Grate material: Chrome plated wire.
  • Remote Control: yes
Pros
  • A versatile equipment that is suitable for big or small occasions.
  • Once filled, the wood chip cup can provide almost 7 hours of smoke.
  • Perfectly suitable for a wide variety of meat.
  • An insulated body for better safety.
  • Great to look at with perfect fit and finish.
  • The grease pan at the bottom makes cleaning easy.
  • Customer support of Char- Broil is quite effective.
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Cons
  • Price is on the higher side.
  • The glass part in the door can get heated.

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Bottomline:

If you are looking out to buy a smoker unit, the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker is definitely one the best options in the market for you to buy. It has got the versatility along with the sturdy construction to make it reliable and the best part is that you can easily move it around according to your needs. For those of you who enjoy tasting the succulent smoky flavors while relaxing outdoors, I absolutely recommend this product.

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This smoker by Smoke Hollow looks relatively small but can punch way above its own weight with its top-grade performance and reliability.

Introduction:

To be honest, this smoker unit did not impress me at a first glance but then while using it, I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth way it performed. The compact looking 30 inch built shell hides a powerful piece of a heating unit and couples it up with a first-grade construction. After using it, I can now safely say that this unit can bring out the best flavors in a wide range of food that you wish to test it with. Let me share a few more details with you that can help you understand and appreciate the features that are built into it.

 Unique Features:

 Heating element

The unit contains a 1500W heating element which is powerful enough to guarantee the right temperature needed for the food items. Now, this powerful heating element along with the temperature controls can bring out the variation needed to cook the item to perfection.

Sturdy Construction

The unit has a double-walled construction made of high-grade steel which helps to retain the heat inside the chamber and thus prevent any heat loss. This greatly enhances the cooking process and also helps to conserve the power consumed and makes the unit quite safe for using anywhere that you want.

Perfectly designed door

The window styled door of the unit looks good and enhances the overall appearance of the smoker. There is a secure latching system to close the door which keeps the safety factor high as required with a high-temperature system. As you may have already guessed, the tight shut also prevents any leakage of smoke through the door helping to preserve the flavors of the cooked food.

Durable Wood chip box

The well-designed wood chip box which comes along with this unit is properly painted to make it high temperature resistant and gives it the ability to withstand years of prolonged usage. To make things even better, the box comes with a lid making it quite easy to handle and clean whenever required.

Well designed racks

The unit contains three cooking grids which can help you arrange the food inside quite conveniently. The racks are chrome plated making them extremely durable and to address all your cleaning worries, they can be easily removed and placed inside a dishwasher.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 22.5 x 37.8 inches
  • Product Weight: 47 pounds.
  • Temperature: 300 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Grate material: Chrome plated wire.
  • Remote Control: NO
  • Temperature gauze: yes
Pros
  • Robust construction of outer body.
  • Easy to use and handle.
  • Spacious interiors.
  • Grease and water collection pan makes cleaning easy.
  • Interiors are sturdily built to last long.
  • Detachable chord for easy handling.
  • Helpful service.
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Cons
  • Lack of a remote control
  • Overall design may not be meet everyone’s taste.

Smoke Hollow 30162EW 30-Inch Electric Smoker with Window, Black

Bottomline:

In case you might be wondering whether to go for this product or not let me assure you that the Smoke Hollow 30162EW 30-Inch Electric Smoker is a very reliable unit that will surely fulfill your expectations. On one hand, it is simple and user-friendly making it quite convenient for newbie cooks and at the same time packs enough features to satisfy the more experienced ones. No matter what type of dish you prefer, it will help you to get the best tastes in your mouth.

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One line unique Introduction:

A stylish electrical smoker crafted diligently with the latest technology which is perfect to help you become the most efficient chef in the neighborhood.

 Introduction:

Well, cooked food is precious in every family and it is also an easy way to impress everyone. However, to be that trained chef, you need to own the right tools. When I got my hands on this 30-inch Digital Electric Smoker from the house of Smoke Hollow, I was not aware of how effective this compact system is.  However, after using the smoker for some time, I can now safely recommend it to anyone looking to add to his or her cooking skills and to make those family gatherings more magical with lip-smacking dishes.

Unique Features:

Digital Controls

This smoker is equipped with the latest digital electronic controls and an LED display that makes adjusting the temperature and time really simple. The panel has well-marked push buttons that are completely shockproof and works fine over the years without any trouble. The best part is, you can easily set the time and temperature for a particular dish and leave for other work without worrying about it at all.

The tempered glass viewing window

This Smoke Hollow 3016DEWS 30-Inch Digital Electric Smoker model comes with tempered glass made wide viewing window giving you a full and easy view of the dish being cooked. Now you can easily take a glance at the food whenever you wish and make sure that it is getting the right hint of brown, without going to the trouble of opening the window or disturbing the smoking. Let me tell you that this tempered glass is not only resistant against damage & shock but is also easy to clean with just a wipe.

High-quality cooking grids

When you are spending on an electric smoker, it is essential to ensure that it comes with high-quality cooking grids because your smoker will work really effectively only as long as the cooking grids will stay in proper condition. To full proof, this issue Smoke Hollow has equipped this Smoker with Chrome Plated cooking grids that last long no matter how often you use the smoker and you know what, being chrome plated they are also quite easy to clean and maintain.

External loading wood chip tray

Loading wood chips in smoker during cooking might seem a difficult task to many but it is the easiest with this 30 inch Smoke Hollow Digital Electric Smoker with 540sq. the inch of cooking capacity. This well-designed equipment comes with an External Loading wood chip tray which is really easy to remove, refill & put in while cooking.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 22.5 x 20.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 51 pounds.
  • Controls: Fully Digital controls, top mounted
  • Temperature: Digital electric controlled 1500 Watt electric heat source
  • Meat Probe Compatible: Yes
Pros
  • Large cooking area.
  • Tempered glass covered big viewing window.
  • Chrome plated fully adjustable cooking grills.
  • Stylish looks and easy to operate.
  • Handles & rear wheels add to the mobility.
  • Works efficiently even in cold winter days.
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Cons
  • Price is towards the higher side.
  • Might take some time to assemble for the first time

Smoke Hollow 3016DEWS 30-Inch Digital Electric Smoker with Window, Stainless Steel

Bottomline:

In case you are looking for a Smoker that is equipped with latest technology, spacious & easy to use, this 30 inch 3016DEWS Electric smoker from the reputed brand Smoke Hollow is no doubt a good option. The 540 sq. inch space & easily adjustable chrome plated cooking grids make it ideal not only for cooking all your dishes but also for backyard parties & weekend get-togethers. For me, being mounted above the ground & the presence of wheels makes it easy to move from the kitchen to the garden. This smoker no doubt gives you an effective service and can be a good investment.

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One line unique Introduction:

This advanced, digital electrical smoker which seamlessly integrates compact design with sophisticated engineering is ideal for every home who loves their smoked dishes.

Introduction:

If you are planning to give your friends & family a BBQ treat that they will never forget without losing your sleep over it, I would surely suggest this smoker to you. In fact, I saw this unit being used in of the parties I attended and it is safe to say that the Masterbuilt 20071117 30″ Digital Electric Smoker is built to make your backyard party platters as tasteful as the best restaurant supplied BBQs in the city. This smoker comes with a huge effective smoking space and multiple smoking racks which make it simple for you to prepare a good quantity of a single platter or multiple dishes at the same go. After testing its performance, I can tell you that if you are looking for an all-around smoker with minimum hassle, this model can work very well fo r your needs.

Unique Features:

Patented Wood Chip Loading System

The most interesting & useful feature of this electric smoker is the unique wood chip loading system. This 30-inch digital Electric Smoker from Masterbuilt comes with the unique patented wood chip loading system that is fixed at the side and to add fresh wood chips all you need is to remove the tray from the side, fill it with new wood chips and put back in the place. As you can realize, there is no need of opening the smoker door or disturbing the smoking while loading chips.

Chrome coated smoking racks

The large inner space of the smoker is provided with 4 smoking racks that create 5 separate compartments, enabling you to smoke more than one dish at the same time. The racks come with superior quality chrome coating, which makes them long lasting as well as easy to clean & maintain.

Adjustable air damper

The Masterbuilt 20071117 30″ Digital Electric Smoker is provided with an adjustable air damper that helps you to control the smoke as per the need so that you can have full control over the flavor of any dish prepared in the smoker.

Digital control panel

The top mounted digital control panel enables you to easily set the temperature and time for the smoking leaving you free for any other work. Now coming to the push buttons, they are of good quality and work effectively on touch. The digital display also ensures that it takes you minimum time to set the smoker.

High-quality insulation

This smoker has been manufactured keeping the vital safety norms in mind and has been equipped with a fully insulated body. So there is no reason for you to worry about safety as this system is safe for use by everyone. It gets even better as the insulation prevents heat loss, thus helping the system to work efficiently in a variety of outdoor environments.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 20.5 x 33.3 inches
  • Product Weight: 30 pounds.
  • Controls: Fully Digital controls, top mounted
  • Temperature: Temperature 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remote Control: No
Pros
  • Well built & simple to operate.
  • Even & consistent smoking.
  • Good capacity.
  • Completely insulated body for higher safety.
  • Ideal for use by both pros and the newbie.
  • Easy to clean and maintain.
  • Large water pan for long time smoking.
  • Patented side wood chip loading system.
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Cons
  • Generating high smoke at a lower temperature may be difficult.
  • Maneuverability can be a problem as it is not provided with wheels.

 

Masterbuilt 20071117 30" Digital Electric Smoker

Bottomline:

Masterbuilt 20071117 30″ Digital Electric Smoker is the quality system that can give you long service even for a minimum maintenance. In case you are still not sure, let me assure you that this smoker is really simple to use and maintain thus making it a first-hand choice for all the foodies out there. The device works efficiently to slow smoke your dishes providing the right smoke exposure, adding that perfect flavor. This is one great option for the smoked item lovers to have complete control over the entire process and cook those dishes to perfection.

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 One line unique Introduction:

This state of the art smoker unit from Bradley is a perfect companion for the chef or the party thrower as it cooks the food items to perfection making those mouth-watering dishes of your dream a reality.

 

Introduction:

Bradley has always been a reliable brand and after I tested this smoker I was convinced that they are as good as they proclaim. This unit is feature rich and gives the cook a lot of control over the item they are cooking enabling them to bring out the right flavors. This is a great looking unit too which has its own smoke generating system and a capacity to cook a large volume of food. The feedback from users who have used Bradley smokers for years is quite positive as they like the attention that is paid to the details and this Digital 4-Rack Smoker is no exception. Let me share a few important facts about this smoker to give you a clearer idea of its built and major features.

Unique Features:

 Build quality

If you handle this unit you will definitely agree that it is solidly built from both outside and inside. The outer walls have an epoxy steel material whereas the inner parts are made of stainless steel making the unit extremely durable and wear resistant. The insulation in the body is also very good allowing very little heat to escape out. That means, yes you got it right; no matter what the outside temperature is, your food will be cooked just the way it needs to be. This also makes the unit an extremely safe piece of equipment that can be used all around. To give another example, the sharp edges of this unit have been carefully smoothened so that no accidental injuries are caused to anyone.

User-friendly digital interface

The Bradley Smoker BTDS76P Digital 4-Rack Smoker has an extremely useful digital interface from where the temperature, time of cooking and even the rate of smoke generation can be precisely controlled. Now as a cook this gives you enough control to prepare your dish just the way you want. I found the control panel easy to use and quite user friendly and was able to monitor the entire cooking process to my satisfaction.  The unit also contains a well-built thermostat to effectively control the internal temperatures.

Interior arrangement

The cooking space in this smoker is 520 square inch which is quite large to cook and smoke a large volume of food. To add further to this, the 4 racks in the interior are well designed and removable to accommodate a variety of food items that you may need to place. The racks are also well built to last long and they are quite easy to clean after every use. The interior fit and finish is sure to make you go “Wow”!

Automatic smoke generator

To make things even better, the unit comes with an automatic smoke generator which makes the entire cooking process more convenient for you. Once you specify the smoke generation rate, the system will automatically feed wood chips from the box to the burner in order to maintain that rate. This reduces the requirement of any external intervention from your end and moreover, there are no fluctuations in the smoke production rate.

A separate set of burners

The smoker also contains a separate set of oven burners which can generate heat to cook the food to the right temperature. This combination of smoking and cooking gives you to get the best taste out of the food that you want to cook. The best part is that the burners can be separately used lending more versatility to the entire unit.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 31 inches
  • Product Weight: 5 pounds.
  • Controls: Fully digital controls.
  • Temperature: Temperature 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remote Control: No
  • Warranty: 12 months
Pros
  • Superb built quality and safety features.
  • Easy to use and assemble.
  • Price is economical with respect to features and overall performance.
  • Offers great control over the cooking process.
  • Easy cleaning with ash catcher arrangement.
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Cons
  • Long term durability of parts might be an issue.
  • The smoke generating unit requires some extra space.

Bradley Smoker BTDS76P Digital 4-Rack Smoker

Bottomline:

 

The Bradley Smoker BTDS76P Digital 4-Rack Smoker seems to be designed to makes things easier for you and it is a dependable piece of equipment for sure. Even with my less advanced cooking skills, I was able to prepare some great dishes using this smoker and the auto smoke generating system acted like a charm. So if you are planning to buy a smoker, this is definitely an option that you can consider.

 

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One line unique Introduction:

This unique charcoal smoker from Weber is a classic piece of equipment that with its traditional design and superior performance is sure to attract your attention.

Introduction:

I usually have a preference towards trendy and modern designs but to tell you the truth, the Smokey Mountain Cooker 22-Inch Charcoal Smoker by Weber looks so elegantly designed that when I first saw it, I found myself developing an instant liking towards it. Sometimes the traditional and old school methods provide better results than the modern ones and this piece of equipment which uses charcoal as the heat source is surely a good example of that. All the long term users of this smoker have praised the taste of the dishes that were prepared using this smoker and they all found the equipment really worth having.

 

Unique Features:

 

Build quality

The main body and the cover are constructed with high grade steel which has been coated with a porcelain enamel finish for better longevity. In case you might be wondering whether it will withstand the high temperatures, let me tell you that this coating was fused at around 1500 degree Fahrenheit.  This enables the body to retain the inside heat for a long time thereby making your dishes more delicious and mouth watering with slow and gradual cooking.

Inside space

Another big advantage of the Smokey Mountain Cooker 22-Inch Charcoal Smoker is the inside cooking space. It may appear compact on the outside but you will be surprised to know that it packs 726 square inches of space for the food items. There are two removable racks that can hold the items and each of them are nickel plates to make them more wear resistant.  From large pieces to small, this unit can accommodate all the types of meat you want to grill and smoke.

Attractive Features

Now, the mechanism of this smoker is basic and simple but it has some innovative features built into the body, to help the cook prepare the best dishes. The bowls and lids contain independent vents to help in the smoke generation process and maintaining the right temperatures throughout the cooking process. There is a high quality thermometer that helps you to make a note of the temperature and also a water pan to hold the water. The stem produced from the water keeps the food items moist and juicy and that special wet smoke treatment is sure to impress the guests at your backyard party.

Ease of assembly

We all know how complicated it can be to assemble and disassemble a complex piece of equipment and that is one more point that makes this smoker from Weber such an attractive option. I found the whole arrangement so simple that even a first time user can set it up quite easily in a short time. The easily removable parts also help in the cleaning process and also in case you want to transport it in your car to some other place for your party.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 23 x 48.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 68 pounds.
  • Controls: Manual control.
  • Remote Control: No
  • Power source: Charcoal
Pros
  • Does not require a power source.
  • Good built quality.
  • Long lasting heat and smoke with a single fill.
  • Heat resistant handles on body and lid.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Wet or dry smoke can be used.
  • Weber’s good after sales service and warranty on product
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Cons
  • The door on the body is not that rigidly built.

Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22-Inch Charcoal Smoker, Black

Bottomline:

 

In case you are fond of the old fashion smoking and grilling techniques, the smoker from Weber is sure to satisfy your requirements. I found the tastes of the items prepared in this smoker extremely good and my friends who shared a bite agreed wholeheartedly with me. This is one traditionally styled smoker which both veteran and novice cooks will enjoy using and it can definitely give its modern counterparts a run for the money.

 

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One line unique Introduction:

The reliable brand of Weber brings in this traditional, stylish and compact charcoal smoker to help you grill and smoke your way in making your gourmet dreams come true.

Introduction:

The brand name of Weber has always been associated with customer satisfaction and when I tried out this smaller version of their charcoal smoker, I could feel the same. It looked perfectly at home on the lawn, working slowly on the items I placed inside and in the end, the taste left me yearning for some more.  For those of you who are in search of the authentic smoky flavors in your dishes and need a simple smoker just to enjoy an intimate family time in the weekend, this Weber 711001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 14-Inch Charcoal Smoker is an ideal choice. The design and performance is of the highest grade and after some going through the details I will mention below, you will realize that you cannot go wrong with this equipment.

Unique Features:

 

Build quality

Like the other Weber products, the overall build quality is, you got it right, top notch. With the high-grade steel with special coatings being used this equipment provides a tough and rustproof built which will last a long time. There is very little chance for the heat and smoke to escape from the upper part of this smoker resulting in the perfect cook. Even though the smoker uses charcoal as fuel, the material is robust enough to withstand the high temperatures for long durations.

Aluminum door

I know that you might be thinking about the process of adding fuel into this smoker to add a few more hours into the cooking time. So Weber has devised a simple way to do it with ease by placing an aluminum door in the body of this smoker which can be secured with a steadily built latch. To add more charcoal or wood you can just open the door and put in more fuel into the chamber. This saves the cook from any cumbersome and time-consuming methods and makes it super convenient.

Control Mechanism

I am sure you know how important the flow of air is to any process of combustion and heat generation. This 711001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 14-Inch Charcoal Smoker contains air dampeners which are strategically placed to help control the air flow and thereby the amount of smoke generated as per your need. You can just rotate these dampeners to control the flow of air giving you the right control over the cooking process.

Additional features

Weber has designed this product with a number of interesting additional features which are sure to help you out while smoking an item. There is a silicone grommet and a thermometer on the lid which can be used to insert a temperature probe or to check and monitor the inside temperatures respectively. The cooking grate and the charcoal grates are specially made to make them last longer. The water pan made with a special porcelain enamel coating also helps you generate wet smoke for any special dish that you plan.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 14.8 x 14.8 inches
  • Product Weight: 23 pounds.
  • Controls: Manual control.
  • Remote Control: No
  • Power source: Charcoal
Pros
  • Does not require a power source.
  • Good built quality.
  • Air dampeners for control.
  • Light and easy to assemble.
  • Aluminium heat shield
  • Wet or dry smoke can be used.
  • Weber’s good after sales service and warranty on product
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Cons
  • The door on the body is could have been built more sturdily.
  • Not suitable for large gatherings

 

Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22-Inch Charcoal Smoker, Black

Bottomline:

We all have those special days when getting together with a close group of friends on the outdoor and cooking up a few special dishes, give us some of the best memories. The 711001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 14-Inch Charcoal Smoker is perfect for those occasions with its ease of use and portability. So if you love those bona fide charcoal smoke flavors and prefer to cook and smoke up your favorite dishes in that old-fashioned style, this smoker will definitely not disappoint you.

 

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One line unique Introduction:

 

This exquisitely builds an electric smoker from Masterbuilt is the perfect tool for anyone willing to cook those finely roasted dishes that can simply take the mood of the party to perfection.

 

Introduction:

The perfection brought about by Masterbuilt in their products is so unique that I cannot help but include another of their smokers in this list. This 20078715 Electric Digital Smoker Front Controller, 30-Inch, Black, is another example of classic engineering and design that can be used equally well by a seasoned cook or by a beginner. After smoking a wide range of food items in this unit and going through the perfectly designed digital controls, I can confidently say that this is indeed a very good product. So take a look through the main features of the unit and judge for yourself if this is the smoker that you want.

 

Unique Features:

 

Volume of the unit

You may find this hard to believe but this smoker can handle 80 pounds of food in total! This makes this the perfect companion for the large outdoor parties and get together sessions without having to worry about falling short of food. There are four chrome plated cooking racks which are designed to be durable and over which you can place all kinds of items as per your choice. The spacious interiors will also help you to clean them easily after a use.

Digital control Panel

Masterbuilt has kept the control panel at the top of the unit very simple to use and highly effective giving you an all round control of the smoking process. It contains the main on/off control, the temperature setup control and also the time settings. To make things even better, the blue display is also designed to be readable under direct sunlight and hence outdoor use will not be a problem. There is also an RF remote supplied with this smoker unit to make the usage more convenient for you.

Construction

There is nothing new to say about the built quality that Masterbuilt provides in its smoker units. The 20078715 Electric Digital Smoker Front Controller, 30-Inch, Black, is another example of superior build quality with liners around the door to prevent any leakage of heat from the interiors. Preserving the heat and smoke means that the food is cooked by coming in proper and uniform contact with the smoke with all the flavours remaining intact. The unit also has a front access pan to collect the drips thus helping you to keep the entire setting neat and clean quite easily.

Control elements

The thermostat placed in the unit helps to control the temperature in a uniform fashion without any improper fluctuations. Thus it keeps the food in the temperature that you want it to be kept for the right period of time so that the cooking is evenly done. There is also an air damper placed in the body by which you can easily control the smoke generation procedure.

 

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 16.9 x 32.1 inches
  • Product Weight: 50 pounds.
  • Controls: Controls: Fully digital controls.
  • Temperature: Temperature 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remote Control: Yes
Pros
    • Large capacity
    • Good built quality.
    • Air dampeners for control.
    • LED display with timer.
    • Easy cheap loading mechanism.
    • Maintenance and cleaning is hassle free.

     

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Cons
  • Those who prefer models with a window will not like this.
  • Small warranty period

Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22-Inch Charcoal Smoker, Black

Bottomline:

In my opinion, this is an extremely good smoker from Masterbuilt which is a great choice if you want to invest in a smoker. A friend of mine, who is quite choosy, went through a number of options and finally bought this unit. He has been using this for about a year now and is highly satisfied with its performance. The Masterbuilt 20078715 Electric Digital Smoker Front Controller, 30-Inch, Black, is definitely a good choice to prepare a few gastronomic delights for your loved ones in any outdoor party.

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One line unique Introduction:

With its handsome styling and good performance, this ingeniously built smoker can be a handy assistant when you are planning to prepare those especially smoked delicacies.

Introduction:

In case you are looking for a smoker unit which runs on a gas supply the Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36″ Propane Smoker, Black can be an ideal choice. To tell you the truth, personally a propane smoker will not be my first choice but after testing this equipment I really appreciated the way it performed. From the eye-catching design to the multiple features, this smoker ticks all the right boxes and above all it is quite fun to use. Let me now share the main features of this unit that caught my attention.

Unique Features: 

Versatility of use

This unit gives the cook a lot of freedom to prepare a wide range of food items due to its internal arrangement. I must say, that I was quite impressed by the 5.45 square feet of cooking space in the inside and in addition to that the four removable racks make things even better. To add up to that another point worthy of mentioning is, that on the outside, the unit maintains a compact footprint.

Control Mechanism

The fine-tuning of internal temperature and the control of the flow of smoke is another feature that makes this smoker so good to use. The gas supply can be adjusted easily and a rear vent mechanism gives you control over the volume of smoke inside the chamber. There is also a thermometer placed outside to help you keep track of the internal temperature.

Ease of use

The Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36″ Propane Smoker, Black stands out for one more reason, which is the ease of operation. Now initially, I was somewhat wary about connecting the unit to a propane tank but what I found out was that the hose connection is quite simple to set up. In addition, there is also porcelain made water cum wood tray so that you can generate both dry and wet type of smoke.

Twin door system

To make things even easier for you, the smoker comes with twin doors for easier approach and handling of the cooked items. Now, in case you are thinking that this increases the chances of heat leakage, you can rest easy. The doors are sealed very well and the locking mechanism ensures a tight fit, preventing any escape of heat or smoke. This not only makes the unit safe but ensures that your food is cooked to perfection.

Key Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 46 inches
  • Product Weight: 40 pounds.
  • Controls: Manual controls.
  • Remote Control: No
  • Power source:  yes
Pros
  • Large capacity
  • Very well built to last long.
  • A real value for money product.
  • Easy gas inflow control system.
  • Assembly of parts is quite easy.
  • Maintenance and cleaning process is simple.
  • Includes a free cook book for helping newbie cooks.
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Cons
  • Takes some time to heat up.
  • Wood chip container might be small for some users

Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36" Propane Smoker, Black

Bottomline:

The Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36″ Propane Smoker, Black is surely one of the best smokers out there with its rock solid built and ease of operation.  I used a gas smoker for the first time while trying out this unit and the taste of the food was good enough to gratify me. If you want to prepare those special dishes with that appetizing smoky flavor and gas is your heating medium, then this is one piece of equipment that you can surely rely upon.

Conclusion

With so many good options you may almost feel like spoilt for choice but I would suggest that you study your requirements carefully before you choose a model.  The smoker that might have suited your friend might not be the best one for you so you need to pick after a proper go through. At the same time, all the choices that I have placed in front of you are some of the best models out there so you cannot go wrong by choosing any one from them in line with your needs. So go ahead, make your choice and surprise your guests at the next BBQ party at your home by cooking up some of the best dishes that will make them long for more.