AT the suggestion/request of Mikey and old poi dog, I have a compilation of findings for my new Smoke Vault which I recieved from my family as a gift for Father's Day.
I can't personally vouch for the assembly process, though I did ask my son for info on that.
Browning Smoke Vault 24 Product Review
Fit and Finish: very good
Time required: approx 2 hours
Assembly difficulty: moderate to easy
(It is recommend that the instructions be read completely prior to assembly).
Disclaimer: measurements and capacities are as measured on my unit. Slight manufacturing variances may result in minor differing measures/capacities. Additional reported data is from in-use testing on my unit. This information is current after 3 days of use (approx 20 hours) and one day of rack temperature testing (approx 4 hours). Any differences between the Browning and Camp Chef brands are unknown to me at this time.
Assembled dimensions: 21-¼”D x 30”W x 44-½”H
Door Swing minimum clearance requirement for rack removal: 18” beyond left side of cabinet.
Capacities and dimensions:
Quantity of Rack Positions: 5
Quantity/Type of Racks with Purchase: double-bar framed, 3 regular wire bar, 1 Jerky
Rack spacing interval: 3-¾”
Rack dimensions: 14”D x 21-5/8”W
Rack Area (Sq In), each: 302.75
Maximum Cook Surface Area (Sq In): 1,513.75
Space between Rack Supports: 20-1/8”
Useable Cook Chamber dimensions (btm rack to top of unit): 15-½”D x 24”W x 18-½”H
Useable Cook Chamber capacity (Sq In): 6,882
Total Chamber dimensions: 15-½”D x 23-7/8”W x 29-5/8”H
Total Chamber capacity (Sq In): 10,963.1
Cast Iron Smoke Tray dimensions: 10-½”D x 11-7/8”W x 1”H
Stainless Steel Water Pan dimensions/capacity: 10-½”D x 14”W x 1-7/8”H / 3-¾ Qt
Water Pan approx. run time per filling, dependant on burner output: 3.5-5 hours
Chamber Drip Pan: Porcelain Enamel coated with raised lips, ¾” deep
Burner output: 20,000 BTU
Temperature Gauge: 2” dial, 50-550* range.
Temperature recovery w/approx. 30 seconds opened door @ 225* and 2/3 full water pan: 3-4 minutes
Temperature range (above ambient): approx. 50* - >350*.
Burner ignition: first attempt lighting is approx 95%
So, far I'm really pleased with the smoker. I did have some temperature variances on the racks that I investigated in an attempt to find the cause. I have just put together a spreadsheet this morning for analysis of the recorded data, which was gathered from a series of 4 runs, with pics of the thermometers.
Thusfar I have not determined the cause of the temp variances, which could actually be caused by the shape and internals of the chamber.
There are drip edges attached to the lower walls of the chamber to direct grease into the drip pan. The lower vents are partially covered by the drip edges. Whether this is a contributing factor or not is unknown to me.
I'll have to post the spreadsheet on a reply to this thread, as I have too many characters to fit. Hopefully the format will work, or else I'll have some work to do to make it ledgible.
Wish me luck!
Edited by forluvofsmoke - 4/18/12 at 8:37am