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Masterbuilt XL 44 propane smoker

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  • Masterbuilt XL 44'' verticle propane smoker with two doors and dual burners

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  1. cookingsmokemakingmajic
    "metal to thin"
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    Purchase Date:
    Nov 15, 2015
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    Pros - does work on nice days
    Cons - wind takes flame out and coal still hot relights get flash burns an hair on fire. not save for winter cooking.
    bought one needed a smoker, winter cooking is not good cant get smoker hot enough unless you use coals and propane at the same time an block wind and wrap the unit might get a 250 degrees if your lucky its ok for beef but dont use it below 0 degrees it just dont work propane dont come out of bottle to heat up the box. coal will help but wind takes gas burner out and you get flash backs . i was on fire so not good .
    cooking chicken in smoker in winter is a bad ideal it will not be done and then you have to toss it due to time of temp under the temp needed to cook the birds or legs or breast, beef on the other hand is more forgiving you can do it but pry to god that the temp will hold for a few hrs an allow you to get inside temps to 130 degrees , best to have large chunks of wood you can use , i got chunks of wood at the big box store it was winter and chain sawing down trees now to make fire would be more work heck i old and tired and some what laid up.
    living in the out back in iowa the winters are cold and man must have 2 thing a good fire and heat, and good peace of meat to chew on. so this type of smokers is where you must never leave it a lone or you will have a major mess, my bottom of the unit burned out of the box with in few yrs, i never leave out side i put in shed when done and dont cook in the rain or snow showers ya might have a blow out, and loose your hair to flame ups when opening the door of the unit to check on procress and have a prob to check the temps of all items in unit prior to removal.

    so use major caution when using this units.
  2. travelbilly
    Pros - Lots of room, that's it.
    Cons - Too many vents and berry poor placement of them as well as their design.inability to maintain constant temps. Need a babysitter.
    Bout the version built for cabelas called Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite. Listen, it's supposed to be a smoker, but really, it's grill, no, an oven, that's it. I've used it several times now in order to find the sweet spots as far as operating it, there are none. The least of worries is that the lighter doesn't work, well, it does on one side, but I have to light one side manually. There are so many openings and spaces for too much air to get in rendering the vents useless. Speaking of vents, there is one on each side near the bottom, the are huge and you cannot close either of them all the way. That, combined with all the open spaces near the burners ensures your chips or pellets burn too quickly and/or ignite. I have aluminium tape closing one off all together. The exit vent is on the back of the unit and is always half way open and not designed to close any further. It needs to close more and would work so much better if it were on the top of the smoker. The burners which I mentioned earlier have very little adjustment. Oh, the knobs turn a great deal, but not much occurs. All these things culminate in a smoker that is impossible to regulate and keep a steady temp. You will be in a state of continual adjustment and tinkering. O DO have a large pan of gravel inside to help keep the temp steady, bit it's so bad that it helps very little.if you are the neighbourhood mod monster, this smoker may be for you, if you want something that functions properly because it's well designed and TESTED before mass production, steer clear of this one.
  3. comer4tide
    "Great Smoker for the Price"
    Pros - Tons of Room, Cooks Great, Smokes fantastic without the factory junk in it
    Cons - The factory heat shield and chip tray are garbage
    Got this for convenience and the ease of smoking at tailgates or events without pulling the stick burner. Smoked several meals on it now. While I was assembling the smoker, i saw the wood chip tray and factory heat shield and said nope. Glad I didnt install them. I use two bricks and an old grill grate over the burner opening with a cast iron pan to hold chunks and deflect heat. I get great smoke out of that and can easily hold 225 with one burner on high, or 250 plus with both. It doesnt use as much propane as I thought it would and on long Butt smokes or big meat smokes it will use about 1/4 to 1/2 of a 25 pound tank depending on outside temp and wind. The air temp and wind do have a noticeable effect on the heat and I have an oven thermometer on every rack Im cooking on plus the maverick probe. Overall it is a great unit for the price and ease of use. Temps can jump around on you and the factory guts of the unit are not very good but, with a little modification, it can be a great unit for a specific purpose like I use it for! 

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  1. minden man
    I have an "old" single door MB XL44, and no longer have trouble holding temps even with the wind blowing. I made a custom pan for the wood chunks, and use a 13x9x2 cake pan for a water pan. One large chunk of Hickory will last over 4 hours, and a pan of water will last 2 hours or more. I tried a lot of the suggestions here for improving this old smokers' final product, and ended up finding the best solution for me strictly by accident/necessity one day. Ask me and I will tell ya.
    1. minden man
      I guess I could have been more clear: I use the water pan rack to hold a dollar store cake pan with a large piece of fire brick in it sitting in it. I then put the 13x9x2 pan on top of the cake pan resting on the factory water pan rack. With the fire (heat) being transferred from the pan to the brick and then to the 13x9x2 pan, the water doesn't boil away like it used to and the burner is now set lower than it was before allowing me to using less wood in the same amount of time during a smoke.
      minden man, Aug 24, 2019
  2. tommyc295
    Has anyone ever thought about removing the gas setup and making it into a pellet smoker? Maybe upgrade it with like the smoke daddy pellet smoker kit? I've been thinking about buying one and upgrade it. I would like to hear any feedback on this. 
  3. jimmy1957
  4. wendy75
    I just bought this as my first smoker and I noticed on reviews and forums one of the complaints is the seal around the door, as a newbie how can I correct this?
  5. jimmy1957
  6. w2hr
    I like the idea of the bricks, grate, and cast iron tray. now only would need a good seal around the door & forget the temperature gauge use a good ThermoWorks dual, "SMOKE" then I would think it to be a good propane smoker for propane first time smokers.
      Pat McInerney likes this.
    1. Pat McInerney
      I agree, never had a problem with mine either. I just got an OK Joe Highlander & ordered a gasket & got an extra one for the Masterbuilt. I took out their tray and use a cast iron skillet with great results. Got it on sale @ Walmart for 99 bucks. I've gotten 2 seasons so far & still going strong. The Smoke from thermoworks is the best, I got rid of all others & got 2 more smoke therms.
      Pat McInerney, Aug 11, 2018