I am really pleased with this smoker so far. I purchased it in Aug (2013) and so far everything works great. Smoked my first turkey for thanksgiving and it was great. Used AMAZN pellet smoke tray and it gave the turkey a wonderful smoke flavor.
My only concern is all the posts where this smoker has crapped out after a year or so. Has anyone owned this smoker for more than a year and it is still working? Would love to hear if someone has.
Pros - looks good, I like the digetal read out and prob
Cons - the door leaked at the bottom, Heating element went out on Thanksgiving
I would not recomend this unit. It is made in China. The replcament cabenit cost 55.00 and shipping is 25.00. and you do the work. they dont just sell the heating element by its self. I will invest into a better unit. I'm sorry i ever bought it.
Pros - None, couldn't even get through the seasoning step!!
Cons - could store your jerky outside in the cold without the dogs eating it, frees up a REAL smoker to make more jerky!
Seems to be common with these machines, bought it at Cabelas on Boxing day (Dec.26) on sale for $200, was going to smoke some lake trout yesterday and it wouldn't run for more than 12 mins before "E2" showed on the display during the seasoning step., Unplugged and let sit for an hour as the ever-so-helpful customer service woman recommended REPEATEDLY!! Again, crapped out after 10 mins, wasn't using an extension cord, it heated up the chip drawer so I couldn't pull it out with bare hands but thats about it.
THANKFULLY Cabela's saved the day and let us return it for a full refund, and surprisingly enough they no longer carry that machine!! I learned my lesson for impulse buying something without researching it first, had I read these reviews I likely would have told anyone lurking around the display to keep walking...Picking up a Masterbuilt at Costco today...