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Master Forge Double Door Smoker

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Pros: Two Doors,strong handles, covered smokestack

Cons: thermometer needs calibration

I purchased the Master Forge Smoker after reading tons of reviews and driving all over looking at all the brands of units available at the local chain stores.

 

Bang for the buck, This smoker is the best!  Packing alone was high quality, everything wrapped, standardized bolts, logical build order, complex parts preassembled, clean surfaces, good welds, even the outer box had shipping straps!

 

This is a solid unit and the complaints about the doors leaking smoke is not a problem. I used a plastic paint brush handle to pry the door lips square and also used a small wood block and a hammer to tap out the edges around the openings. The bar that crossed between the top and bottom door was pressed in and was causing a large gap. I used my hand to pull it out and worked around the edges and was able to make a nice fit for both doors. Seems they bent the sheet metal edges in a bit too far during manufacturing.  One other thing is when you tighen the door handle locks slide them all the way back in the slots to make the doors get pulled tight when the handles are in the lock down position.

 

I took the thermometer and put it in a small stainless steel bowl and placed it into my home oven. The bowl was so I could see through the window of my oven the face of the meter.  My oven is a newer model with digital settings and so I set the oven to 220 degrees and waited for it to beep that the temp was achieved. After about 20 minutes the thermometer was reading about 50 degrees high. So I removed the unit and once it cooled I took a wrench and unbolted the nut on the sensor and removed the thermo from the black metal holder. (dont need to loosen the two black bolts on the housing) Once I removed the meter, I used a small screwdriver and bent the tabs on the shiny metal housing and carefully removed the bezel and exposed the face of the thermometer and needle indicator.

 

I then used my finger to gently pull the needle backward about 1/4 to 1/2 around. The thermometer is made from a bi-metal coil. I did this several times until the needle would rest farther back from it's original resting point. I reassembled the unit and bent the tabs back down and put the nut back on the housing and returned to the kitchen and placed the assembly back into the oven. I set the temp to 220 and waited. This time the meter read about 10 degrees higher at 230.  Close enough for me and I did not want to re-twist the needle again and risk any more the possible breaking of the unit. Now if I am cooking anywhere between 220 to 250 I am happy, it's not that critical. 

 

So now I am all set and after breaking in the unit , I cooked my first Pork butt. Be sure to line your water bowl with foil and make some wings so you get better coverage from the drippings. 

I used the cowboy hickory chips sold at lowes and they worked perfectly after a good soak pour off the water and let them dry a bit.  I like smoke flavor but I want to taste the meat too, so when my chips cook out after about 4 hours I don't add any more, even the owners manual says the smoke flavor sets in the meat in the first two hours. I like to add a small stainless bowel with apple cider vinegar on the low rack to add a little twang to the pork. I also dont like mixing meats, I like to cook pork with pork, beef with beef. It's not just smoke your making, it''s moist heat, low and slow. This cooker sure beats my old charcoal unit by a mile.

 

As you can tell , I am very happy with this smoker!! 

Posted

Pros: easy assembly; economical; large capacity; oversized smoke box and liquid tray

Cons: leaks smoke

I purchased the unit online boxed (not already assembled) from my local Lowe's store using their 30 minute store pick-up option along with the recommended cover. The packaging was done very well (considering its price) and there was no internal component dings or dents. Assembly was straight forward and pretty quick (took about 30 min). The only problem was a bad cooking grate which had a broken weld on (1) of the tines. I contacted the service center the next morning and a replacement is on its way. After seasoning it with a couple of hickory chunks for the recommended 45-60 minutes at a minimum 175 degrees and allowed to cool, the pork spare ribs went on. It does leak quite a bit of smoke around both the upper and lower doors as reported by other posters. I did buy the 3/8" fiberglass rope kit found in the fireplace section at Lowe's ($6.98) and will apply it to both doors before the next use. Unlike some of the other posters, I found the supplied thermometer to be fairly accurate (within 3-5 degrees when measured with an oven thermometer placed on the center rack) but use a Maverick digital remote thermometer when cooking anyway. It was easy to maintain a chamber temp (measured at center rack) of 235 deg (I used the seasoning session as a way to experiment with the vents, stack and burner temp). The ribs were GREAT and full of smokey flavor. I will be doing a beef brisket or pork butt (haven't decided which yet) over the upcoming weekend and will take some pics to post. Overall, I would highly recommend this smoker to anyone looking for an economical propane smoker.

Posted

Pros: Good size, constant temp

Cons: Leaks smoke


After a smoky, 4th of July feast at a friend's house, my wife and I had to get a smoker. We only had two primary requirements when looking for a smoker since we have a decent grill. We have a gas line on the patio, so that requirement was second to price. We wanted to stay under $200 on our first unit and go from there. 

 

We read reviews on the similar Brinkman propane unit, but we noticed that it has about half the cooking area as the Master Forge. No brainer! 

 

I hooked it up with our old propane tank, seasoned it and smoked some Italian sausages. That first time a lot of smoke seeped out the doors, but after doing a couple more smokes the smoke stopped coming out of the door nearly as much. I assume after a couple of months, the smoke seep will be reduced to a very acceptable amount. 

 

Since Master Forge doesn't offer a gas conversion kit, I bought a Charmglow kit and found a reducer nozzle in the water heater section of Lowes. Works perfectly. My gas is just not as strong as the propane, but I can still get the smoker up to about 300 degrees. 

 

Natural gas smoker for under $160.00! Worth every penny!

Posted

Pros: Sips the propane, seperate access to chip pan and water, maintains temp very well, light weight

Cons: Doors leak a little, light weight, door thermometer, small water pan

I purchased this smoker based on the reviews I have seen. It's light weight can be a plus or a minus. It's easy to move around but the thin metal doesn't retain any heat. It does help that you can work with the chip pan and water pan without opening the main door. I did install fiberglass tape around the big door to minimize leakage.....it stopped.

 

Of course the supplied thermometer reads 40-50 degrees higher than the actual chamber temp. A cheap walmart oven thermometer solved that problem.

 

The first propane tank (20#) ran for nearly 28 hours before I changed it out. I weighed it right before I started smoking a boston butt figuring I could run it out.... 21.5 lbs - 16.9 lb tw = 4.6 lbs of propane....I ran the tank for 5 hours and I started to get nervous so I put the spare on. I weighed the first tank again and it weighed 20 lbs.......28 hours of smoking on roughly 17 lbs of propane is pretty darn good in my book. That's an overall average of roughly 1.65 hrs per pound of propane. The last 5 hours of use only consumed 1.5 #.......go figure.

 

I had no problem making smoke or keeping the temp stable. Using wood chunks cut into manageable pieces works excellent. The water pan could be a little bigger. I needed to refill it 3 times during an 8 hour smoke.

 

Having just started to learn how to do this I am not even close to knowing the process. But I feel this smoker can be used to hone ones skills. I'll graduate to something larger when I feel comfortable.

 

Posted

Pros: Works well

Cons: Thermometer

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This is my first smoker I have owned and it has made me fall in love with smoking.  As soon as I purchased it I had to customize it a little just for my liking...as you can see I tricked it out a little...lol. 

 

I have owned it for over a year and had to add some add-ons for better performance.  I did add some seals around the doors for the loss of smoke thru the seams.  Bought the sealant from Lowes and worked great.  I added a new thermometer cuz the one it came with was way off.  about 50 degrees to low.  I use a dual probe digital thermometer also just for even more accurate readings.  and one other thing to complain about is the width, I love to smoke ribs and I have to cut them in half to fit.

 

I would recommend this smoker to someone getting into smoking.  For my first smoker I really enjoy it and it seems to be built pretty good.  It is pretty easy to use and the temps stay pretty consistent but will need some attention during the smoke.

Posted

Pros: compact

Cons: some smoke leakage aroud top door

i had a small h2o charbroil smoker and i out grew it fast i walked in to my local Lowes and they had their display left. the employee got me a discount on it and i took it home and been loving it since. i use it once a week to smoke brisket or chicken for my lunches. i cant wait to try prime rib in there, it has to awesome. This is the perfect size for me and my family, it hold temps well, and I am now able to smoke more than one thing at a time. all come out excellent juicy and tender. i would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a little more room.

Posted

Pros: Great entry level smoker

Cons: A bit flimsy

Bought it at Lowes two years ago during a clearance sale.  Within the first year I added door seals as many here have done.  This year I tossed the chip tray and water pan and replaced with half pans from a steam tray.  This mod really helped with heat control.  Total invested including the cost of the smoker, less than $150.  Considering the cost and how well it has lasted with lots off use, it  was a great buy.

Posted

Pros: Ease of assembly, well built

Cons: Door Thermometr is useless, igniter quit working

Overall, a nice unit. It was easy to assemble with the exception of the snap rings that hold the door handles on. I decided to use E-rings instead and they worked much better (they don't pop off like the clips did) Also the igniter quit working but that's what the long bic lighters are for. The wood chunk/chip box works much better if you wrap the wood in foil and poke holes in to help prevent flame ups. As with any new "toy" you have to play with it a little bit to get to know it. I also like the fact that it comes with four grates and the smoke chamber is plenty big for my needs. I've used it a half a dozen times or so and still have about a half a tank of propane left, so it seems to be fuel efficient. So, for less than $200 (mine was $169 at Lowes) you get a pretty good little smoker that should give you years of smoky goodness.

Posted

After some reviewing, I decided on this gas smoker for our backyard. I am an occasional smoker and don't need anything really big. Also, prior to this purchase, all of my smoking was done on a Chargrill Charcoal Grill, which was fine for ribs and pork loins, but larger cuts of meat would have been a real pain.

 

This is the perfect size for us, it hold temps well, and I am now able to smoke pork butts, which have all come out excellent. I have not used it in the winter yet, so I have not experienced any of the issues with keeping temps up in the colder weather. 

Posted

Pros: Little smoke escapes

Cons: Will not get hot enough

Our MasterForge smoker has been a problem child for the whole year and half we have had it. It will not get above 160 in cooler months. We can use it fine six months out of the year but no Thanksgiving/ Christmas meats!!! Don't know what to do to remedy. Any thoughts?
Master Forge Double Door Smoker
Description:

Lowe's Master Forge Double Door Propane Gas Smoker * "Heavy duty" 36 In. Propane gas Smoker * 784 Sq. In. primary cooking area * 15000 BTU cast iron burner

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Related Media/Links:

Good Video about this smoker made by Lowes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNos2CQKD64&feature=related

 

Troubleshooting/Known Issues:

Weak door fit leaks some smoke

Thermometer needs calibration at the factory

 

 

How To:

 

(May void warranty on some suggestions - your mileage may vary - be warned)

 

Cyclicpitcher wrote: 

This is a solid unit and the complaints about the doors leaking smoke is not a problem to me. I used a plastic paint brush handle to pry the door lips square and also used a small wood block and a hammer to tap out the edges around the openings. The bar that crossed between the top and bottom door was pressed in and was causing a large gap. I used my hand to pull it out and worked around the edges and was able to make a nice fit for both doors. Seems they bent the sheet metal edges in a bit too far during manufacturing.  One other thing is when you tighen the door handle locks slide them all the way back in the slots to make the doors get pulled tight when the handles are in the lock down position.

 

I took the thermometer and put it in a small stainless steel bowl and placed it into my home oven. The bowl was so I could see through the window of my oven the face of the meter.  My oven is a newer model with digital settings and so I set the oven to 220 degrees and waited for it to beep that the temp was achieved. After about 20 minutes the thermometer was reading about 50 degrees high. So I removed the unit and once it cooled I took a wrench and unbolted the nut on the sensor and removed the thermo from the black metal holder. (dont need to loosen the two black bolts on the housing) Once I removed the meter, I used a small screwdriver and bent the tabs on the shiny metal housing and carefully removed the bezel and exposed the face of the thermometer and needle indicator.

 

I then used my finger to gently pull the needle backward about 1/4 to 1/2 around. The thermometer is made from a bi-metal coil. I did this several times until the needle would rest farther back from it's original resting point. I reassembled the unit and bent the tabs back down and put the nut back on the housing and returned to the kitchen and placed the assembly back into the oven. I set the temp to 220 and waited. This time the meter read about 10 degrees higher at 230.  Close enough for me and I did not want to re-twist the needle again and risk any more the possible breaking of the unit. Now if I am cooking anywhere between 220 to 250 I am happy, it's not that critical. 

  

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