4 Stars By HollyC on 2015-12-16
BEWARE - It can become addictive!
Let me tell you a little about this electric smoker. Ours is over a year old now, so it has some use behind it.
It only needs minor assembly out of the box. - attaching handle, feet, etc. It does have wheels, so you can move it around a bit. They are small plastic coaster type wheels, so don't expect to be rolling it over rough areas or for long distances. The door has an adjustable latch on it, so as the seal gets squished a bit, you can make the latch tighter. I like having the glass door on the front, but I do have to admit that once you get some smoke rolling, and if you have moisture in there (from the meat or if you add it in the pan), the door is going to smoke and steam up pretty quickly and you won't be able to see inside for long. There is a light, but it is on the outside, and just reflects off the glass when the door is closed.
The racks inside are adjustable. I recommend taking the ones you aren't using out, so you don't have to clean them after using them. They scrub up pretty easily with soapy water.
I had quite a mess inside after the first few uses. Then I figured out how to make clean up easier. If possible, put your items in a disposable aluminum pan. I was worried it would keep the meat from getting smoky enough, but it wasn't a problem at all. You can also add liquid right to your pan if you want. (For instance I put apple juice in the pan with turkey breast to keep it moist.) The pan contains all the drippings and makes clean up a breeze. Also, wrap the drip deflector, water pan, and grease pan in foil! This is a huge help. Then instead of scrubbing after use, just toss the foil. I do not clean the walls of the smoker, as you want them seasoned. To easily clean the glass, use Weber's grill cleaner and rinse after with water. It makes clean up easy!
There is a built in meat thermometer that works very accurately. With the included remote, you can check on your meat temps without ever leaving your chair. We've had no problems with the remote.
After a year of moderate use, the temperature set button is not working on our front panel. They do sell replacement panels for the front, but the problem is easily remedied by simply using the remote to set the temp.
The wood chip tray works pretty easily. It does not hold a very large quantity at a time. So you do have to tend to your wood chips during your smoking. They will burn up within the first 30-45 mins if you are using dry chips. You can make them last longer by soaking them in water first. We usually keep the chips burning steady for the first part of cooking to add lots of smoke, and then let them die down near the end.
Masterbuilt does sell a lot of replacement parts for the unit. They sell a replacement heating element and it isn't very expensive. I've heard that is one of the first things to go. We bought an extra one with ours, but haven't had any issues with ours. It seems to hold the heat pretty well. Don't forget you will get fluctuations because there is air coming in from the chip tray and exiting out your vent. I've used it in temps of 30 degrees outside and it still worked well.
And the finished smoked product? EXCELLENT! We have not made a meal in this smoker that we did not love! There was not one piece of turkey left over on Thanksgiving day. We have mainly used it for meats, but have also smoked veggies in there as well. I've done some cheating as well. Take one of those rotisserie chickens from your local grocery and warm it up in the smoker, add some smoke, and get good smoked chicken in the time it takes you to warm it up.
I think the smoker has held up nicely. I like that replacement parts are available when something does go wrong. AND...the food tastes great! Beware, smoking your meats can become very addictive.
5 Stars By JG (Highflyer) on 1969-12-31
GREAT SMOKER / 6 MONTH UPDATE / 1 1/2 YEAR UPDATE / 3 1/2 year's and still works great. still working after 4 1/2 years
F.Y.I A LOT OF THE BAD REVIEWS ARE ON THE OLDER MODEL SMOKER. THIS IS THE NEWER MODEL AND YOU CAN BUY AND REPLACE THE HEATING ELEMENT IF IT EVER BURNT OUT.
this masterbuilt smoker works great for me even when using a extension cord. but if using one it be must be able to handle the power the smoker requires. I used a regular outdoor cord and it took my smoker forever to heat up. I ended up buying a (Yellow Jacket 2883 12/3 Heavy-Duty 15-Amp SJTW Contractor Extension Cord with Lighted Ends,25-Feet) bought on amazon and smoker heated up quick & worked it the way it was meant to work. this smoker is very easy to use and puts out good smoke although it does not put out smoke with temps under 200F not sure if that's because I use wet chips I haven't tried using dry chips yet. I'm very happy with this smoker so far I've only smoked ribs & chicken and turned out very good. there has been a lot of reviews about getting parts for this smoker & dealing with Masterbuilt customer service. I haven't dealt with C/S so I don't know about that as far as finding parts I found a place on the internet called APPLIANCE FACTORY PARTS that sells parts for model# 20070106 & model# 200709010 also I did not buy this smoker from 2DayDeliver got mine at WM but thought I would write a review anyway and I payed the same price that amazon sells it for but it took 2 weeks to get it from them.
6 MONTH UPDATE 11/23/12
well after 6 months and 200+ hours of smoking time, this smoker still works great. I've smoked snacking sticks, summer sausage, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, Canadian bacon,turkey, and venison and all turned out great. I never had any problems with the heating element, digital timer, or any other part of this smoker. as far as smoking/cooking I've never set the temp higher then 225 F when smoking, after a few hours of smoke I'll drop the temp down to 200 to 210 F to finish cooking, and use a wireless digital meat thermometer. I've kept mine outside all summer/fall and haven't noticed any signs of rust or any other signs of damage but I have a good cover for it. but I'll keep in the garage/shed over the winter. the cover I bought for this smoker is the Veranda Square 30" Smoker Cover for Price: $29.00 bought on amazon its a great cover. love this smoker. just remember keep it clean buy a water proof cover, if kept outside. if going to use a extension cord I recommend this one. Yellow Jacket 2883 12/3 Heavy-Duty 15-Amp SJTW Contractor Extension Cord with Lighted Ends, 25-Feet. I will UPDATE in another 6 months.
1 1/2 YEAR UPDATE
well after 1 1/2 years of use about 450+ hours this smoker still works great never had any problems at all with it. I did buy the cold smoker adapter for it and that works GREAT, I don't put chips in the main smoker anymore. the cold smoker adapter holds a lot more chips about three good handfuls and produces longer and better smoke then just using chips in the main smoker. you can run the main smoker and the cold smoker at the same time even when using a extension cord in fact I can run the main smoker, cold smoker and my Weber rotisserie at the same time without any problems. the extension I use is a (Yellow Jacket 2883 12/3 Heavy-Duty 15-Amp SJTW Contractor Extension Cord with Lighted Ends 25-Feet) and a ( yellow jacket 2' three plug adapter. again if you plan on keeping it outside make sure you buy a good waterproof cover the black masterbuilt cover is worthless. also I would not keep it outside in freezing weather the cold could damage the digital timer / temp gauge. I keep mine in the basement in the winter months when not in use and never had any smoke smells coming from it.
5 Stars By Johnny Fudpucker on 2017-02-02
If you want to smoke Meats this is your machine keeps a very accurate temperature very easy to operate and the food is delicious
5 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2017-06-19
So far so good! Husband owned one prior to this one and was very pleased. Likes the fact there is no window. Says no heat loss and he doesn't need to see inside because he uses a remote thermometer. Can't see inside anyway once the window smokes over. Also places 2-4 charcoal pieces in an empty tuna can with holes punched around it. Smokes with added flavor from the coal. DELICIOUS!!
5 Stars By Jaspalli on 2017-11-02
I love this smoker
I love this smoker! It is so easy to use and it works so well! Set the time, temp and add wood chips every 45-60 minutes and that is it! If you don't want to mess with gathering wood, keeping the fire going, constantly checking the temperature and moving the meat around to keep stuff out of "hot spots" in your fire smoker, then get this smoker! It is worth every penny!
5 Stars By Pôlse i Vaffel on 2016-04-24
Great Smoker for everyone!
I have always wanted a smoker, but didn't know where to begin. I didn't want to get one that people use to go in competitions, or one that is big. This is the perfect size for beginners, or even Pros! and We have put in up to 3 Baby Back Ribs at once, They came out FANTASTIC!
We have smoked: Pork, Beef, Chicken. Every 30-45 minutes depending on the heat temp. you have it on, you will have to replace the wood chips. It is very easy to smoke with, Anyone can try it as long as they are grown. STEP BACK WHEN SMOKING, AND OPENING THE DOOR TO CHECK ON MEATS.
There is nothing you can't smoke in here, if it fits it will smoke.
There are other Masterbuilt items that the company does not sell anymore, but 2DayDeliver carries. ie: A cover and a stand, to make it a foot or so taller.
5 Stars By Netty on 2017-05-11
This is a great smoker. It's very basic but it has been ...
This is a great smoker. It's very basic but it has been very reliable even after sitting outside during storms and stuff. Unfortunately I had to replace it twice because it kept coming in damaged during shipping. The product box doesn't provide enough protection in my opinion and I think 2DayDeliver shouldn't ship it in just the original packaging. Other than that it's great.
4 Stars By Regina P. on 2015-05-29
If in doubt, Buy THis!!!
I gotta admit, this thing is pretty awesome! It can make someone who doesn't know his/her way around a kitchen feel like a gourmet chef, it makes everything taste that good!
It's very roomy. We had a party for 30 people and were able to fit in 20 skewers of bacon wrapped dates, a fairly large pork loin and 12 large chicken breasts at once.
It is a messy preposition though. Manufacturer doesn't recommend it per se, but a few online videos we watched do, to wrap each component (except for the grates) in foil. Grease will drip out of the bottom of the unit at times so you need to be conscious of what type of surface you place this on and if it will stain. That is why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It's messy and even after dish washing all the components, the grease never quite comes out. I'm OK with that, we'll call it "seasoning" but every time you touch anything in there, hands, clothes, everything is sticky right away.
I would definitely recommend this and I even wish we would have got a bigger one. I also think this is easier to use than a gas grill, not to mention safer. As far as I can tell, nothing can really blow up here (except for your waistline once you discover the smoked bacon wrapped dates recipe)! ;-P
4 Stars By Ouka on 2016-08-28
Love it! Works great
Love it! Works great! Smoked about 100lbs of meat so far. Family is getting tired of smoked meats. "Tough" I say!
Taking 1 star off because the thermometer probe came apart. It wasn't well crimped at the wires tugged out with only a little bit of pressure. I haven't gotten around to trying to undo the crimp to slide the wires back in & recrimp. So I've been using my old digital thermometer instead of the built-in one.
5 Stars By Tinker on 1969-12-31
Great Company, Great Little Smoker
Spendy unit, but it's well built and very solid. I bought this model because the liquid trap can be removed and emptied while the unit is operating. I like the digital controls. Packaging is top-notch and the smoker arrived in perfect condition.
One of the racks was bent - bowed - about 3/4 inch. Masterbuilt sent a replacement without question and with quick delivery. I had to sit on hold for five minutes, but once I reached an agent, it was a pleasant experience.
I don't know if these are "entry level" smokers or not, but they're great for a casual user like me. Recommended.