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Cabinet Style item created by bmudd14474, Jan 1, 2012
Pros - insulated, set and forget
Cons - 275 max temp
This is a great smoker for the price. I bought it from Home Depot online for $149. 2 day shipping. So glad I spent the money. My only negative about this smoker is that I cannot set it above 275. now I know "low and slow", BUT sometimes you need a high heat to get a chicken skin to crisp. I will probably buy a second one just to host more people!
Pros - Dependable
Cons - Digital screen hard to see
Nice unit forget the digital screen window and I would give it a 5 star
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.
Pros - Spacious, efficient, set it and walk away
Cons - Short cord
This is our first smoker, bought it about two years ago for a Christmas present for my DH. We live in WI but have been using it year-round and have had excellent results. It's easy to move, I just put my luggage cart under it and away we go. Adding wood chips is easy. There's plenty of room for just a few salmon fillets or a whole ton of ribs. Overall an excellent value for the money!
Pros - Insulated, Damper
Cons - Thermo doesnt work. Chips wont smoke if the temp is lower than 225 (250)
This model is much better than the analog one. The construction is better and insulation and damper work great. The big issue right away is with the built in thermometer being 20-30 degrees off than whats displayed. (Hotter). Its a little unacceptable if you ask me. Also I notice the wood chips simply dont smoke if you arent running in the 250's. You must buy a Masterbuilt 20070112 smoke generator if you expect any decent smoke.
So yeah I sent this unit back. It would smoke great the first 30 minutes and by the 2 hour I have no smoke and a pile of half burnt wood chips stacking up inside the tray. I either had to dump out the tray every 30 minutes or crank the unit up high to get the chips to start smoking. I could buy the masterbuilt cold smoke kit, yeah, BUT, thats another $60-$70 on top of the fact I had the leg extension kit on the smoker. So I would be doing some modifications to the smoker or hauling bricks around to get the cold smoke kit level with the chip tray hole. What a joke! My first analog MB smoker was popping my GFC circuit! This one didn't produce smoke without baby sitting it. I don't think I will be buying any more masterbuilt products. So disappointed.
Pros - price, ease of use, big enough, seems well built
Cons - small leaks at door and floor
My wife got me this smoker for Christmas. While I've been grilling food for a while, I've never smoked a single thing but I love to eat BBQ Pork. I got this smoker set up in 10 minutes. I then followed the seasoning instructions using the wood chip burner it comes with. The next day, I smoked a 10lb pork butt that tasted amazing. I followed the instructions from the smoker and added about 1/2 cup of wood chips to its hopper every hour to hour and half (No AMNPS yet.)
Sure, I'd like to take all the credit as the cook, but let's face it, this smoker made it very easy. If the thermometer on it is correct, it held its temps very well given the cold, windy Virginia weather that day. Even when I opened the door for basting or checking the meat temp (no remote thermometer, yet), the smoker came back up to temp quickly.
So, I basically did exactly what I was told in the instructions as far as using the smoker (I did my own thing with the rub and the sauce and turned out a pretty decent bit of meat though I see room for improvement of course. Seems like this is a great smoker to get into this wonderful past-time and until I'm cooking for a big crowd, it'll likely meet my needs.
Pros - Insulated, Spacious, wood chip access, easy to use
Cons - none yet
I bought this recently so I could still smoke during the colder months. My charcoal smoker is good for the summer time but not when there is any breeze. It has no insulation. So for 175 I bought this on Amazon. It arrived and i seasoned it up exactly as directed. MAN did it smell AMAZING!!!! I haven't smelled anything great like this in months. So right after seasoning I cleaned it up and set in some Canadian Bacon I had curing. MMMM Came out WAY better than my charcoal smoker. AND the best part is, it was like 5 degrees outside and it smoked like a champ. I watched it the whole time and it ticked right up and just worked. I love it!
Now on a side note. I do plan on buying the cold smoke kit for bacon. I also plan on doing the AMNPS for long night time smokes and I plan on a remote thermometer setup.
Just because it is much more efficient for me to be smoking and getting the info on a side device. I can wrench on my jeep while this guy smokes nice and slow without me doing anything other than enjoying it when it is done!!!!!
Pros - Easy to use,accurate,
Cons - Does not cold smoke unless you use attachment
I have owned one for a year and a half and have smoked just about everything . The one thing I did not like in the beginning was the fact you could not cold smoke. With their new cold smoke attachment it works just great. Now I use the attachment all the time as it delivers more smoke over a longer period of time and I am still able to adjust temp as needed
Pros - Plenty of smoking space. AMNPS fits right beside heating element box
Cons - Calibrating internal temperature
I love this thing. There's a learning curve so the briskets and the spareribs were better on both second attempts. I also smoked my first batch of cheeses almost two weeks ago. I prefer using the AMNPS because I get hours of smoke out of it with very little effort. With wood chips, I have to fill the wood tray every 20-30 minutes.
I've found that when the smoker is warming up the built-in them sensor is very inaccurate by something like 20-40 degrees. Once it reaches the target cooking temp and has been on the job for about an hour, then the discrepancy tightens up and may only be 2-4 degrees between the MES therm and my Taylor.
I bought a handtruck and bungee cords to make it easy to transport the MES between my garage and my backyard. My MES is my second favorite backyard cooker/smoker. My Weber 22.5" One-Touch Silver will also reign in the top spot.
Pros - everything is controled and accurate
Cons - chip door does sometimes stick
I've been using one for a year and nothing in my experience compares! The door for the wood chips does stick sometimes, but playing with it for a few seconds has always freed it up. This is a minor problem to me.
The chip door could use more capacity, but again, this is a minor nit. I'm getting spoiled after all my other smokers. This one is so far superior to them! I've done briskets, ribs, kielbasa, pulled pork and all kinds of beef roasts.It has never failed to give great results