- Joined Nov 18, 2013
Last week I purchased an Outdoor Gourmet 30 inch split door stainless steel electric smoker I found at Academy on clearance. When I seasoned the smoker I noticed a wide fluctuation in the temperature on the units lcd display during the seasoning. This Saturday I used the unit to smoked a 4.5 lb pork shoulder setting the initial temp at 225. I used my Maverick ET-732 to keep track of the smokers temp which showed the temp to be approx 25 degrees higher than what the units lcd showed it to be, which is no big problem, I just adjusted the units temp setting lower. The pork shoulder turned out ok but I left the damper closed during the smoking and found there to be a lot of humidity in the smoker. The shoulder appeared to be more steamed than smoked. Next time I will leave the damper open. Today I decided to check out the smoker out without food in it. I set it for 200 degrees and got the following resulting temp ranges using my Maverick ET-732. The temps ranged with a high of 230 and to a low of 210. The smokers heating element would turn off at 200 and then restart at 196 according to the units lcd display. It would take approx 10 minutes for the smokers element to go from on to off and then back on again. This is my first smoker and was wondering if this is normal for an electric smoker. Do the temps on other brands of electric smokers stay pretty constant on what they are set at or do they fluctuate like this. I really like the features of the smoker. It has a pretty big chip bin which burns the chips to a fine gray ash with lots of smoke. Also has a small and a large water pan. Only bad thing is the lcd is hard to read in daylight. I would really like to keep the smoker but if this is not normally the way an electric smoker temps ranges are supposed to be I will return it and exchange it for a Masterbuilt 30 inch that Academy has on sale this week. Any help on this would be appreciated.