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Masterbuilt Dual-fuel Pro

Average User Rating:
4.375/5,
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Price:
$179.99
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  1. High1
    4/5,
    "Works like a champ!"
    Overall:
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    4/5,
    Heat Control:
    4/5,
    Durability:
    4/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Nov 30, 2017
    Purchase Price:
    140.00
    Pros - Dual Fuel, Easy temp control with gas, and not bad with charcoal/lump
    Cons - None yet, especially for the price.
    I have using a modified Brinkman upright smoker, and a Weber upright for years. The Masterbuilt upright is a bit larger than those units, well designed with 4 grates, dual doors for adding chips, charcoal, at the bottom, and a main door to check temps on your product. Slim and vertical, it fits well within most backyards, and is a very good value for the features it has. Easy to regulate temp both with charcoal or gas, and the thermometer is quite accurate, surprisingly. Surprised by the volume of meats this smoker can accommodate, given the relatively small form factor.
  2. stillaqua
    4/5,
    "Great family smoker to add to the patio."
    Value:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Heat Control:
    4/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Oct 9, 2016
    Purchase Price:
    189.00
    Pros - Easy to use once you have the temp and wood pan figured out. Low gas consumption.
    Cons - Wood chip pan needs to be replaced with a cast iron pan; door thermometer inaccurate.
    I've only had the Masterbuilt dual-fuel propane for a month now but have used it 10 times for everything from salmon to pulled pork. I had been thinking about getting a real smoker for a while now and there were a few I had in mind after reading a lot of reviews so when the Masterbuilt came on sale at Home Depot I snagged one.

    Assembly was easy. took about 30 minutes. Wheels are a nice feature for moving it around. I put it through 2 seasoning cycles and used my digital probe to check the temperature. As many have mentioned, the door thermometer was off by about 50 F so I rigged my digital probe inside to use instead (need to install a port on the side for the probe eventually).

    There was a fair amount of smoke leakage around the door on the first seasoning but I adjusted the adjustable door latches and pretty much eliminated door leakage so I didn't need to use the seals that others have used.

    The chip pan is an issue because the wood can catch fire. After playing around with various pans, foil pouches, etc. I finally settled on a 10-inch cast iron skillet that just barely fit in the smoke box. The separate box is a great feature by the way, easy to add wood without dropping the smoking chamber temperature much. With the skillet, I've never had any wood fires and by using both chips and chunks, I can get a very even smoke for an hour or two without refilling. Once pre-heated, the larger skillet seems to maintain just the right temperature for the wood.

    Gas consumption very good. I can get 5-8 smokes out a standard propane tank depending on what I'm cooking. It does take some fine adjustment of the gas knob to get it to hold at that perfect temperature but I seem to have figured it out so I won't be upgrading the gas needle valve.

    I also don't use the water pan and instead use the lowest of the four racks with a larger aluminum foil pan with water for moisture and to catch all the drips. Makes cleanup a breeze.

    Overall it's great smoker, easy to use with a few mods and requires little attention once it is up and running.
     
  3. redbird
    5/5,
    "Great Smoker !"
    Value:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Heat Control:
    5/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Purchase Price:
    180.00
    Pros - Easy to set up, easy to use, low management, great price, GREAT FOOD off of this one. Don't spend more elsewhere.
    Cons - Very minor, seals coud be better on doors, handle attachment could be beter.
    I recommend this to anyone who smokes. I know that the die hards claim you need to have wood only, but this is so easy and food is so great, and the price is right.  Give it a try.  I can do a 13 pound turkey, 100 meat balls, 3 tri tips or 4 racks of ribs at a time.  I can get a great bark on my cooking deep smoke penetration, and its really easy to control. The downsides are the handles could be attached better, but they ay have changed in the past few years.  A friend bought one and added fireplace type seals to the doors, with is a good idea, but I have not really needed. 
  4. mch-bbq
    4/5,
    "A very nice, easy to use, and affordable smoker!"
    Purchase Date:
    Dec 25, 2014
    Pros - 700+ sq inches of rack space, dual door--which I think is a great feature, easy to modify/make improvements, affordable
    Cons - No surprise but cheap wood chip tray and water pan. Needs better seal around top door. That's about it!
    I got one of these over the holidays, didn't want to spend $900+ for a green egg and figured this was a good entry unit into smoking given all the positive reviews and price.

    Are there better vertical smokers out there? YES, of course! But the Masterbuilt pro dual-fuel is a great and affordable smoker, mainly for us newbies! Granted I've only used it once but I was very pleased with the assembly and operation of it. And the proof is in the pudding--my inaugural smoke was a 5.5lb pork shoulder and it turned out great! Had a very nice bark and smoke ring.

    It took a little time to dial in the right temp but once I did, it was easy to keep. I've already made some recommended improvements to it--Halex connector on the side to allow the temp probes into the chamber and nomex gasket tape around the door to provide a better seal.

    But so far very pleased with the unit and really excited to use it again! Next up... RIBS!

    I've already recommended it to a friend!
  5. amandarollinger
    5/5,
    "I Don't even know...."
    Pros - Super easy assembly
    Never used a smoker in my life.... I have no idea how to use this! Help! Do I use charcoal and chips at the same time? When do I use the propane?
  6. ballplayerlc
    5/5,
    "Great Backyard Smoker that won't break the bank"
    Value:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Heat Control:
    4/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Purchase Price:
    179.00
    Pros - Sturdy, Spacious, Easy to assemble, low cost, effective right out of the box, dual fuel source
    Cons - Thermometer, Water pan
    So I bought this smoker at my local Home Depot and damn am I impressed. I was really looking for a charcoal smoker because they seemed to be able to cook large items and I wanted the challenge of regulating temperature and all. But when I saw this smoker at the store I did some quick review searches on my phone and didn't see anything that was a real deal-breaker. Being new to the smoking world I saw the concept of having two fuel sources as an ideal situation because if my charcoal starts to loose its heat I can fire up the propane to make sure the temp stays on course. 

    The design of this smoker is ideal for a backyard smoker enthusiast. Having two doors truly does make a difference when you are trying to smoke meat especially larger items that take a long time. I usually only open the main cooking chamber to spray my food for the moisture and I try to limit this as best as possible due to the fact that by opening the main door you loose a great deal of heat (approximately 15°) and it can take a little while for your smoker to reach back to your ideal temperature. Plus anybody who smokes will tell you that you don't want your temperature going up and down constantly because it will affect your cook. So by having the second door it really helps because when you open it to replace the water in the pan or add charcoal you are only loosing about 5° on average. The smoker was incredibly easy to setup took my about 30 mins with just two tools (wrench and screwdriver). Once you get it all assembled you can start to season your smoker which is real simple with this machine. 

    Now that that stuff is out of the way lets get down to the meat and potatoes of it. The smoker is spacious as can be for this unit. My very first cook consisted of one whole chicken and three racks of ribs and all of it was cooked deliciously and without any problems. The only time I opened the cooking chamber was to spray down my ribs with some apple juice. The smoker performed as good as can be. Some people complain about smoke leaking out the door, which does happen but it is nothing that will ruin your cook. 

    Mods: With any smoker you see, people will always be doing some modifications to them. Some can range from really cheap to costing more than the smoker itself. The best part about this unit is that I have done only two mods to greatly improve the smoker and it cost my under $30. First off, I bought Nomex BBQ Sealant from BBQgaskets.com to place around the frame of the door to seal up and smoke leaks. Second off, I bought a new thermometer from Amazon because the one that comes with the unit is crap. Finally the only other modification that does not necessarily have to be done is the water pan. Yes the pan that comes with the unit is small but it is usable. If you aren't using all your racks and are doing a long cook, go to walmart and get a tin pan then fill it with water and call it a day. 

    FINALLY: This smoker is a great product for the price and practicality. If you take the time to learn what you are doing and how the whole process works then you can make competition quality BBQ without spending competition equipment prices. This is a great smoker for people to learn and want to start figuring out how everything works. If you want something that is well built and makes GREAT barbecue without breaking the bank then this is the item to get. 

    Any questions PLEASE feel free to ask. 


  7. roharris33
    4/5,
    "Good beginners smoker"
    Value:
    4/5,
    Quality:
    3/5,
    Ease of Use:
    4/5,
    Heat Control:
    3/5,
    Purchase Date:
    May 23, 2013
    Purchase Price:
    199.99
    Pros - Duel fuel, price
    Cons - No door seal, water pan too small
    I received this smoker as a gift. Never smoked meat before in my life. Pretty simple to put together. I drilled a couple of ports for temp gauges. I first tried smoking with propane but the wind kept blowing the pilot out. I finally built a small enclosure to fix the wind issue. There were way too many flare ups, even if the wood chunks were soaked in water. Part of the issue is that the charcoal/wood pan has slots, exposing the wood to the flame. It's hard to extinguish the flame without opening the bottom door. During the first smoke I noticed that the door on the main chamber leeks a ton of smoke. I added an oven gasket and used some bungee cord to help seal in the smoke. I decided to try smoking with charcoal the next weekend, it was an experience. The charcoal pan is just too small. I had and am still having a difficult time maintaining the proper temp. Adding charcoal every 30 minutes isn't fun. I think part of this is due to the thin metal used to build the smoker. The charcoal seems more trouble than it's worth. I decided to replace the charcoal pan with a 9 inch cast iron pie plate. I also added a larger water pan and voila I have a functional propane smoker.


    After a few modifications and some trial and error this is a good beginners smoker that won't break the bank.
  8. canadian bacon
    4/5,
    "Excellent"
    Value:
    4/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Heat Control:
    4/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Jun 9, 2013
    Purchase Price:
    179.00
    Pros - easy set up, nice looking piece of equipment. easy to use.
    Cons - does need some mods but otherwise good to go.
    I bought this unit after reading up on the reviews in the forum.  Actually asked for this as a Father's Day present from my wife and well, didnt get it so when the sale came on at Home Depot (Winnipeg, MB Canada) I jumped on it. [​IMG]

    I followed the suggestions in the forums about modifying the door with liquid gasket. Bought it at Canadian Tire.  I have only used it with propane and have had great results.  Bought an oven thermometer to set inside to calibrate the manufacturer temperature gauge.  My unit is out 5-10 degrees depending on the weather.   Love my unit. Great quality for the price.
  9. cathouse
    5/5,
    "This Rocks!"
    Value:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    5/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Heat Control:
    5/5,
    Purchase Date:
    May 10, 2013
    Purchase Price:
    179.00
    Pros - Ease of Setup...Ease of Use...Holds the Heat
    Cons - Can't think of one
    Thought about getting this one for a year to replace a Brinkmann horizontal offset smoker.  Too much hassle dealing with the charcoal.

    Finally sold the Brinkmann and used the proceeds to buy the MasterBuilt.  Got it home and set up very quickly.  Great instructions and easy to set up.

    Instead of using an adjustable wrench though, use a 10mm drive socket for the nuts. 

    The top door had the lower hinge mounted incorrectly, which allowed a gap of a quarter inch on the door seal.  I called Masterbuilt, and the fedex'd me a new door in 3 days.

    I couldn't believe it.  Excellent Service.  Sadly, that door too is bent, but in a better spot.  So when I latched it, it pulls in tight and seals great.

    One of the recommended mods was to put a seal around the door, but I've found I don't need it at this point.  It holds the smoke really well.

    I've already recommended this model to a friend, and the electric version as well.  I already had a spare propane tank for my gas grill so this made more sense for me.

    I am in awe of the folks who can use stick wood or even charcoal for their stuff, but I just don't have the time to watch it that close.

    As an added bonus, my built in thermometer was actually accurate. Test it out during your seasoning.

    Enjoy!
  10. pastorgadget
    4/5,
    "Good gas smoker, great price point"
    Value:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Heat Control:
    4/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Purchase Price:
    189.00
    Pros - Temp Control, capacity,
    Cons - Chip tray,
    I bought this smoker right before Christmas, i was dying to smoke a turkey. I did some research and had a limited budget so this really fit the bill. It does work well.  I lIke the gas smoker to help maintain temp in the colder weather, which this does great.  The construction is great and it was easy to assembly. The flexible shelves are great to have.  YOu can easly do 6 racks of ribs or 4 whole chickens. I have smoked, brisket, pork shoulder, ribs and chicken on this smoker all very good.  

    Well worth the price and a good design