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Masterbuilt Gas Smokehouse Reviews

Dion Dowell

Don't know

It's my 1st time using this smoker, and I'm trying to figure out where to put the wood chips at? I'm reading the review and look on the manual, but it doesn't give you directions on where to put them at.

Masterbuilt Gas Smoker


Pros: Make great smoked BBQ especially ribs

Cons: Needs to be a few inches wider

This is a great smoker, been having it going on 2 years now. The only problem I had with it was that it was not producing a blue flame when I tried to use it on the 4th of July. Turns out the burner went bad, I ordered a new burner and replace it in 15 minutes and PRESTO!!!!, I am back in business again. We will be smoking some baby back ribs this weekend. Great smoker. I would like to find a way to get a better seal on the door, it hold temp pretty good. Never had any complaints from family or friends about the BBQ produces my this smoker. It's a good lil work horse!

Just Starting


Pros: Price, adjustable racks

Cons: Chip tray, seal around door

I bought the Masterbuilt Smoker (model 20050611) about a year ago and only recently assembled and attempted a first use. I had similar issues as other users - the chips/chunks caught fire and I eventually wrapped the chunks in foil and had better success. Still had billowing smoke coming from the vent on the back and around the door. I'm going to attempt a Boston Butt for the 4th. I purchased an 8" cast iron skillet for the chunk tray. I'm going to place directly on the provided chip tray and see how this works. I never properly seasoned the smoker and plan to do this before using this week. I'm worried about the odor in the smoker after the first use. With the wood catching fire and the...
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John Valenton



Pros: Easy to use, Nice design, Makes the neighbors jealous with the smell

Cons: You need to seal the door with felt, small water pan, the rack mounts are cheap

I love this thing! I've smoked this entire week to make sure it was consistant with temps and taste.  This smoker delivers every time.  I've had to do some simple mods to keep the smoke inside the box and a few adjustments with the propane valve and now this thing is ready for the summer!   I can't complain!  

Masterbuilt Propane Gas Smokehouse


Pros: Ease of use, great temp regulation, large water bowl, 4 removable heavy duty racks

Cons: chip tray - flame reaches chips and cause them to burn

This is a real nice smoker for the money.  It is real easy to use.  I have smoked pork butt, meatloaf, hams, whole and pieces of chicken, and brisket in this gas smoker.  All have turned out excellent.  I really prefer charcoal smokers but this smoker has been great and has made some fantastic smoked meat.  I use it primarily in the winter due to its low maintenance while smoking and can reduce the amount of time I need to be out in the cold weather.   I have found the door temp probe to be fairly acurate.  I still use my wireless dual digital thermometer to measure meat and smoker temp.  Works great!   I use a old cast iron skillet...
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This smoker is making me look pretty good


Pros: Simple to assemble, Easy to achieve and maintain temperature, plenty of room for my needs

Cons: Poorly designed fire bowl, no instructions or user guide

This is my first smoker (model 20050611).  My wife researched online and found this unit had good reviews and a good price (She bought it at and picked it up at a nearby store).   I prefer propane over electric because I already have experience with a propane grill and turkey fryer and we don't have an electrical outlet accessible from our patio.   The assembly instructions included are adequate given the unit's fairly simple design.   There are however, virtually no instructions on how to season or use the smoker.  This probably wouldn't be a problem for an experienced smoker, but for a first timer (and kind of a perfectionist) it's...
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TT Ace

Masterbuilt Vertical Propane Smoker


Pros: Easy assembly. Right size for family. Easy to use.

Cons: Needs insulation. Inaccurate thermometer.

The price was right and the results have been superb!  After covering the bottom of the chip pan with a double layer of foil, there have not been many flareups.  I did find that wind and temperature changes can really affect the internal smoker temperature.  I have since used an insulation blanket which has solved that problem.  I can now smoke in both extreme cold and extreme hot temperatures.  How I used installed the insulation can be viewed in the Smoking Supplies Equipment section of the Forum.  I will and have recommended this smoker to others.

Master Built Gas Smoke House vertical smoker


Pros: easy to assemble, instructions are clear, very good recipe for ribs

Cons: no instrcutions on how to use the smoker, was lucky to find help on this site

I bought my Master Built Gas Smoke House vertical propane smoker model 20050611 and used it the first time this past weekend. The assembly was easy except the last step, placing the grease cup from the rear was not clear in the instructions. The user manual has no instructions for curing or burning in the smoker. Luckily I found help here and a few other sites. The user manual does not have any instructions on how to use the smoker. This is a big issue when you are trying to use the smoker the first time! From the instructions I never would have guessed the Flame Disk Bowl is intended to be the chip bowl, found that out from here, many thanks to all of you. I soaked my chips and wrapped...
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Masterbuilt Gas Smokehouse


Pros: Well built, Accurate temp gauge, 4 racks, easy assembly, easy to use, easy to regulate temp, adjustable racks

Cons: Slots in chip tray allow chips to ignite

I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this Masterbuilt smoker. It is very well made and unlike other brands that I have looked at, it appears to built to last for a long time. I have read reviews of other smokers saying how inaccurate the temp gauges were. Not an issue with this unit. I compared the units temperature readings with another oven thermometer and found them to almost an exact match. I unpacked the contents of the box at about 8:00 the evening that I picked it up. I had if assembled and ready for the initial seasoning by 8:35. needless to say, putting it together was a breeze. The only tools that I required were a phillips screwdriver and a small adjustable...
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Whole Meat Smoker


Pros: Big box, wide enough for whole racks of ribs, whole pork shoulders and whole briskets

Cons: cheap looking burner

After several seasons with a Brinkman Home Depot gas smoker I decided to look for something bigger,  A box I could put racks of ribs or a whole brisket in.  Can't remember how I stumbled on this one.  Found it on Amazon and ordered it.  Have cooked Myron Mixon's old fashioned BBQ chicken, my first whole brisket, a picnic, and ribs.  Everything turned out great although for some reason I could not get the picnic to come up to temperature even after an hour a # plus 1.  Temp gauge may be off.  I ditched the supplied smoke pan after the first cook.  I drilled lower holes in the rack brackets and use the supplied too small water pan as the smoke pan,...
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