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A Review On: Masterbuilt 30" Black 20070511

Masterbuilt 30" Black 20070511

Rated # 6 in Cabinet Style
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Pros: Box is insulated and large enough family

Cons: Electronic controls are garbage...

I agree with everything yamafx4dude said.  The box itself is great.  Well insulted and large enough for a large family I need to smoke for.  However the electronics in this unit suck… DO NOT depend on the LED read out for an accurate temperature reading.  Mine can be anywhere from 10* to 30* off the indicated temperature.   The smoke box is barely adequate for generating smoke.  And yamafxdude’s experience parallels mine exactly, very little smoke when cooking temp (actual Temp verified by aux temp gauge) is below 225*F.  Smoke generators like the AMX haven’t been useful either because they can’t keep lit for some reason.  I expect it’s due oxygen deficiency as the only decent place to put the AMX is on bottom left of heating coils. 

Also the electronic controls have a habit of not turning on when you go to use it.  Just last Xmas weekend I pilled the Masterbuilt out a day early to be sure it would fire up on Xmas day for some family smoking.   It took some fiddling to get the electronic controls to come on and stay on but it finally did.  I sat with it keeping a log of the temperature stings and actual temp.  Thought I had it all figured out and called it a day. >>> Xmas day I uncovered the smoker and today the controls won’t respond for love or money.  Grrrr…  Suspected (or rather hoped) the problem may be due to the humidity early in the AM so I took the wife’s hair dryer on low and aimed it at the electronic control box on top of unit and went in and took a shower.  Came out and tried it and thank goodness it started to function again.  

The controls on this unit are just to hit and miss for my money.  Will be looking for a non-electric unit as soon as can afford another.  


I will never by another electric smoker again. I've reading reviews of every smoker made (that I can find) and they all seem to have problems, lots of problems. 


As they say YMMV.




I am really shocked by your experience with this smoker. I have the same unit since beginning of 2013 and I am nothing but pleased with it. I do a lot of shoulders in it, 2 at a time since that is all that will fit. about 16-18 hours and it has worked great from day one. Plenty of smoke, too much if you over load the tray before the old chips have burned off. I use it all year round, rain, snow. I just put a something over the little controller and go. My only complaint is I wish it held more. I would definitely recommend this smoker to a beginner and would even buy a second one if the price was right.
 Ha! I'm shocked that you’re shocked at this review.  
I'm glad yours works well for you and you obviously have a good one and a keeper.  Congrats my friend...  However don't be surprised if that second unit you buy doesn't come close to the performance you’re getting out of your present one.  
The internet is a buzz with dissatisfied users.  Sure there are lots of 5 star reviews of this unit but the vast majority are reviews of people who have had them for only a short time (a season or two).  It was about 18 months when mine started acting up.  Long after the short warranty period is up.   Before then I loved my Masterbuilt 30, but if it don’t heat it ain’t no damn good to anyone.  
Mine works well too. I did learn quickly that the box has to be 40 degrees or the electronics will not turn on. Once I learned that I have had no other problems with mine for about 4 years. Ya it is about wore out an I need a new one now.
Haven't had mine long but it works perfectly fine so far.
Ditto for me...  Works great, but compared to you guys, mine ain't even broke in yet...  I'll get back with you guys if things change.
I must agree, its certainly nowhere near perfect, and not the set it and forget it smoker this is advertised to be.  One way I've overcome the the lack of smoke is by putting my meat in when I turn it on during the warm up process. This way the the heating element is constantly on and burning the wood chips until it reaches temp. That will give me about 20-30 minutes of constant smoke before the hit or miss smoke begins. Then I empty the ash tray so the future chips sit directly on the pan.