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Old 11-23-2018, 08:36 PM
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Thinking of picking up an electric smoker for the holidays, would like to prepare some chicken this way. I see Masterbuilt seems to get consistently good reviews. Anyone have experience with this make and perhaps could make a recommendation ?
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:57 PM
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I bought a 40" one last year and like it.
but then I have a wood burner pit also.
I like it can be controlled from 100 to 275 I think.
I smoke jerky and dry it also in there. lot better than doing it in my smoker and then in the oven.
also smoke home made canadian bacon and summer sausage and regular deer sausage in it.
like the temp control, remote temp monitor/controller, and timer.
I bought their cold smoke kit also to smoke longer times, the 1/2 cup of chips a a time just are a pain

I have not done chicken or turkey yet in it, or brisket or pork butt.
I normally do them in my offset wood pit

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Old 11-24-2018, 01:03 AM
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We have a Masterbuilt and have used it a couple times. We got it on sale at the end of the season at Lowe’s of all places. We’ve really enjoyed it so far. You set the temp and take the remote with you. It has a probe so you can see the meat temp from the controller. One feature I wouldn’t pay for again is the window. You can’t see in most of the time anyway. The more expensive models have Bluetooth. I don’t have any experience with those, but would probably just go with the one with a remote.
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This time last year (Cyber Monday Sale) I picked up a Masterbuilt electric 30" from Walmart for at least half off. Paid $89 for it if I remember correctly. Love it. A buddy has the same one but it has the bluetooth option and he says the bluetooth option is a complete waste of money. He loves the smoker as well, just never uses the bluetooth option as it goes wacky if your cell phone gets out of range.

I've had wood smokers and propane smokers in the past, but I actually think this one is my favorite as far as convenience. I can come home after work, preheat it to 275*, turn it back down to whatever temp I want and have a meal ready by dinner time. The wood smokers are great for hanging out all day on a saturday, drinking beer, and tending to the flame, but for a quick and easy smoke, the electric works out better for me.
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just how early do you get home from work to smoke a meal ready that evening?

oh yea, do not use both the remote and the onboard controller on the unit to change settings during the cook.
I had a problem with the temp not turning off(controlling properly).
when I called they told me to only use one or the other from start to finish or it can get confused.
I have had no problems after following that advice
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Have had one for 6 years only thing I had to replace so far is the drip pan because it rusted out but that was my fault. Great little smoker use it all year long.
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I have one and really like it. I have trouble in the summer doing a slow smoke brisket when it's 101 outside. The problem is the heating element is the same element that smokes the wood chips. When it's too hot, the element never turns on and I don't get a good smoke.
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
just how early do you get home from work to smoke a meal ready that evening?

oh yea, do not use both the remote and the onboard controller on the unit to change settings during the cook.
I had a problem with the temp not turning off(controlling properly).
when I called they told me to only use one or the other from start to finish or it can get confused.
I have had no problems after following that advice
Agreed.

We like our 40” Masterbuilt. Don’t go smaller than the 40” imho.

Pretty much throw the remote away. As with any smoker get a quality temp monitor unit (Thermoworks, etc) and use it to monitor inside temp (and food temps). Set the controller to get temp you want confirmed by the external monitor then ignore the smoker temp display altogether - ours is way off.

Also, set internal temp upfront then maybe adjust after 45 mins or so, when food temp is regulated then keep an eye on it but try to leave it be. Smoker temps fluctuate wildly with electric - you’ll drive yourself batty if you watch it and try to adjust it.

Don’t know where you live but it can struggle a bit when outside temps are colder (I’m in PA).

Look for deals on new units, there are a lot out there. Also, look for used cause they’re a lot like boats - you buy one then get hooked...then move up...then move up again...you get the idea.
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
I have one and really like it. I have trouble in the summer doing a slow smoke brisket when it's 101 outside. The problem is the heating element is the same element that smokes the wood chips. When it's too hot, the element never turns on and I don't get a good smoke.
they sell a small unit that you attach where the chip dump tray slides in that has its own small element and hold a bunch of chips that will keep smoke going for hours.
well worth the $50 for low and slow smoking
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I had a small electric smoker but the motherboard fried in about a year, it was a different brand the Masterbuilt and I can't remember the brand. I graduated up to a propane smoker and like it much better than the electric ones. You can adjust the flame to get the right temp and it will maintain a constant temperature for as long as you want, one propane tank will last 40-50 hours. No electronic controls to ever go bad, I may have to replace the heating element one day, but 4 years to far an no issues. You only need a single burner smoker, two burners will be too hot. I have the flame barely over the bottom setting to get a 225 temp, which is what you want to shoot for when smoking most meats.


This is almost exactly like the one I have, love it.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
just how early do you get home from work to smoke a meal ready that evening?
I work 6 - 4:30, so I can be home by 5. Only takes a couple of hours, if that, to cook chicken pieces, pork chops, less time for fish, etc. I'm not talking about doing a 10 hour brisket or pork shoulder after work, just small stuff for dinner. I sometimes use it several times a week.

Oh, and one of my favorites, smoked burgers. Man they come out good!
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
I have one and really like it. I have trouble in the summer doing a slow smoke brisket when it's 101 outside. The problem is the heating element is the same element that smokes the wood chips. When it's too hot, the element never turns on and I don't get a good smoke.
Get an amazen pellet tray and never have to deal with chips again. It will go 10 hours on a tray of pellets. https://www.amazenproducts.com/category_s/12.htm
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There's only 1 electric smoker worth owning in my experience... Cookshack: Cookshack Home | Home

I've had my SM025 for about 7 years now and it hasn't had a single hiccup. Their customer support/service is excellent, too.. here's a link to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CookshackSmokers/videos
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Originally Posted by Redm2 View Post
There's only 1 electric smoker worth owning in my experience... Cookshack: Cookshack Home Home

I've had my SM025 for about 7 years now and it hasn't had a single hiccup. Their customer support/service is excellent, too.. here's a link to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CookshackSmokers/videos
Agree that Cookshacks are great but they're in a different league and price point. Looking at adding one to my fleet though.
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Old 11-24-2018, 10:31 AM
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Ive been using this for about 5 years.
I smoked a turkey on it for thanksgiving.
Delicious.
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