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Bought smoker in November of 2015 and after four months of usage, smoker started experiencing problems starting and shutting off for no apparent reason. Called Masterbuilt to inquire about replacement parts because I thought my warranty had expired. Customer Service indicated that warranty is 1 year instead of the 90 days stated in manual. Masterbuilt shipped me a replacement smoker which I received in less that 3 days after sending them photos showing that existing smoker had been ... decommissioned. Needless to say, I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and the outstanding warranty support received from masterbuilt.
I have had my Masterbuilt for a year and love it. I cook for 50-75 people at every home Carolina Panther game and my smoker has always delivered. I recently smoked briskets when the outside temperature was 15 degrees. The smoker stayed at 225 the entire night. Just a great product!
Finally pulled the trigger after using a gas smoker for about 1.5 years. After reading reviews and the advice of my dad, I decided onthe the Old Country Pecos smoker and couldn't be happier. While there is a definitely a learning curve with using an offset smoker, this thing has put a smile on my face all three times I have used it. There are definitely mods that need done such as tuning plates and sealing, but I love this thing already. The only issue I have had is the firebox door didnt ... want to close after my first smoke, but that was nothing a few smacks with the hammer couldn't fix. This bad boy is awesome for the $$ spent!!
Bought this smoker in Feb-17. For the money, it was the best smoker I found on the market. Build quality is fairly good, with some slight defects in workmanship and design, but still a good compromise between Quality and price. Great $400 smoker. 1.)The gap lines between the door and the body being uneven or askew. 2.) The design of the smoker body has a thinner gauge steel than the smoker door. 3.) Does use a bit of wood/charcoal if you keep the fire door open and feed a good clean fire ... with lots of oxygen. 4.) Would love a second rack in the smoker to add a second layer of meats. 5.) Heavy duty, this thing has to be close to 200lbs you will need a truck with a ramp to move this bad boy. 6.) love the grill grate for the fire box, throw on some chicken wings with a single layer of hot coals in the box for some truely great wings. Academy Sports associate helped pick out a tight smoker, with almost no smoke leaks, A+ for his help. This is my first stick burner, and it has been fairly easy to use as long as you keep an eye on the fire. All that being said, it is all about results, and pictures speak a thousand words.
I have owned this smoker for about a month. I had been using a smoker box on my propane grill, but decided I was not getting that great smoke flavor. This smoker is the perfect size, has great features, and easy to use. The remote allows easy monitoring of box temperature, time and meat probe. I would recommend this smoker highly!!!
I purchased this unit on the recordation of a friend who had purchased a larger version. I've had it now for about 8 weeks and have smoked something every weekend since I purchased it. I have smoked Pork Butt, Salmon, Pork Chops, Chickens and even Smoked Lobster Mac & Cheese. All with great results. In fact I am finishing up the smoked butt as I am writing this review. Awesome! Easy to use and clean. I suggest a bus box with warm water and soap as soon as the smoker has cooled down. I would ... highly recommend this smoker..
I purchased this smoker and when I received it at my house I saw that the shipping company laid this 500lbs smoker on its side and shoved it in a van! The handles were all smashed in and the smoker was very scratched up. Needless to say I refused to accept the package. I sent it back with the delivery guy and called Academy to get them to ship me another one. Academy said they only could give me a full refund and then once I got the refund I would have to order a new one online. Well, the refund ... took about a month to get into my account. Once I finally got my refund I ordered a new one online. I got my confirmation email and called Academy to tell them to ship the smoker STANDING UP this time...they made a note of it and told me to call the shipping company as well. So, I did just that and told them that it CANNOT go into a van and must be shipped standing up and in a truck! I finally got my smoker and couldn't be happier with it. While the shipping and everything was a pain, the smoker its self is amazing. 1/4 inch thick steal and it is a beast! I have cooked about 4 times on it and everything comes out great. Its awesome at holding temps and the grates are expanded metal which makes for a great smoker for this price! Buy this smoker, but make sure you baby the 2 companies so they send it right the first time.
I hope I did not discourage anyone from purchasing this smoker due to my review of the small issues I had. Please do not let it discourage you from buying, this is an amazing smoker. Buy it!! I'm not too sure on the last user's reviews on the Brazos smoker. My Brazos smoker has a heavy duty storage shelf on the bottom. I have mine loaded with Post Oak and there is no flexing or bending. Solid steel. I wanted to give an update. It has been 3 weeks since receiving the "beast". The smoker's welds ... were fixed by neighbor, and I called Old Country to get their advice on painting the scratches. Old Country customer service was very friendly, btw. They recommend using Rust-Oleum® Specialty High Heat Spray bbq black paint, and use several coats, around 3-5. Let dry between each. Good info. for all to know. After seasoning the smoker, it now has about 100 hours of cook time on it. It is very easy to regulate the fire once you "get to know" your smoker. It cooks extremely well! The smoker gets hot and it will just cook like a beast. All meat that has came out has been excellent and just cooked steady. Briskets cook great on this smoker. Trick is to always have a small fire burning in firebox. This will allow you to have a clean cook and great tasting meat. Also, you will need that small fire to constantly heat the steel. This is a heavy duty smoker that relies on that small fire to keep the temps constant and stable. The large baffle does a great job of deflecting the flame and provide constant heat and smoke to the food chamber. I have no issues, complaints, or negativity towards anything on the buying or shipping process. All was easy and Academy handled the whole process. Great smoker, great food, great times. Enjoy!
I got this smoker as a gift and it works better than I expected. When I smoked a pork butt it had to be cut into three pieces to fit in the smoker. This product is great for the beginner and for experienced at smoking meats. I would recommend this product!
For the occasional smoker, it would be tough to beat this little unit, especially considering the cost. Not a bunch of fancy features, but well made and gets the job done.
We have owned our grill for almost 2 years. My husband loves it. The capacity is phenomenal. We have experienced no issue with the distance between the fire box and the smoker. The only problem we had was trying to find a cover to protect it from the weather. We ended up having to get a tarp and wrap it. It's not pretty but it works. We also had an issue with one of the thermometers however Academy Sports replaced it at no cost. We are extremely pleased with our purchase and look forward to ... having the grill for many years to come.
I have been researching these (in Texas, we have lots of options) for the past year and finally settled on this one. The design of it is top notch. I really like the way the fire box is laid out, including the ability to grill inside it. While I was burning it in, I took the time to tune the main chamber. I used three probes to check it and had a 70-100 temperature variation while I was running it depending on how hot I had it. I used three 4 inch wide tuning plates and got the entire ... chamber within 5-10 across it. I read some reviews that "complained" about the smoke tower not being at the same temp as the main chamber, I am sure that you could add more tuning plates to solve this but I do not know why you would want to. When I have the main chamber at 325 the tower is at 225. I had brined chickens in the main chamber while I had ribs and sausage in the tower. Bottom line for me is that I can cook at different temps at the same time. As to temperature regulation, I opened up both smoke stacks and just opened or closed off the fire box damper and easily controlled the temperature. This smoker was worth every penny, I looked at other ones that did not seal as well and the square smoke tower holds a lot more than the round ones that are available.
I bought this 6 months ago and its been great but every time I smoke meat in it the meat starts to scream like its been brought back to life. Please fix
I have had this grill for over a year and it is the best grill I have ever owned. The smoker works great. It takes a few times to figure out the correct combo of charcoal and wood to keep the temperature where you want it. The gas grill keeps even temperatures. Just make sure you clean the grill plates(not grates) after each cookout to prevent flame ups. Definitely buy the grill cover. I have no rust at all.
I have had mine for 3 yrs now and couldn't ask for anything better other than a custom ordered pit. Whether your smoking or cooking on the gas for a quick burger this pit is perfect.
I have had this unit for 4 years and it held up ok. The unit was easy to use and great value, however 3 months in the built in thermo.. broke.. 1 year in the wood tray started to rust away... 2 years in the ignighter section fell apart.... 3 years in the knob broke for the temp and finally it decided to go up in a blaze of glory today when the regulator decided to fail open full. Never smoke with this unit unattended.
I bought this unit a year ago and immediately smoked 4 pork roasts to perfection. My love affair with the unit started failing when I started noticing rust around the heating element. Used rust inhibitors and keep oiled to no avail and bottom fell out from rust. The trays, sides, top are in great condition, just the bottom rusted out. Loved the unit and want to purchase another, though contemplating going with another brand.
Im so glad i got this model. Perfect size!! Easy to transport.
Picked up this smoker fully assembled 3 days ago & seasoned the smoker the next day. Loaded up some char-broil lump charcoal into the firebox and smoked some ribs & chicken the next day. Temperatures remained constant at 225 degrees for well over 3 hours and all sides of my meat took in the pecan smoke flavor. Not that heavy either to load into the back of my pickup also. My meat came out very juicy but with am amazing outside bark from the smoke.
Really good smoker. Only problem, ribs and brisket need to be cut to fit inside the tube. Cooks, and holds temp. well.
Bought this smoker for Memorial Day Weekend I am new to smoking meats I have used it 2 times and everything turned out great, smoked pork and beef ribs and turkey legs. Great smoke taste. Excellent product and very good price from Academy Sports
I bought this smoker as a gift for my husband for Christmas. He had a smoker a couple of years ago but got rid of it because he could never get it to maintain a proper temperature. This Masterbuilt smoker is perfect because it has two separate compartments - one for the food and another for the wood chips, which helps to maintain the cooking temperature because you don't have to let the heat out when adding more wood chips. My husband used it to smoke chicken quarters, venison, a beef roast and ... some baby back ribs. Everything turned out excellent - it was perfectly cooked, very tender and tasted wonderful. He used hickory wood chips with the first try. For the beef roast I think it would be better to use wood chips that have a stronger smoked flavor because while it was good, there wasn't muck smokiness to it. The smoker also comes with some good instructions on smoking temperatures and what types of chips to use with what foods. Very pleased!!
I bought this Saturday after my firebox on my cheap smoker had rusted out. I was very impressed for the first go around, and felt like it contained heat extremely well and was very easy to operate. Performed great on a pork butt, chicken wings, and ribs. Going to do a brisket next, now that its seasoned. Easily kept it at 215-230 for the first 7 hours and started tinkering with ventilation after adding too many pieces of wood and had a flare up due to user error. It quickly choked back down ... to a comfortable temperature range.
Bought this today got some wood in it and it seasoned perfect at 225-245 with a perfect blue smoke. Looks to hold alot and seemed very well built. Will be adding a few hangers here and there and a handle to wheel onto a trailer but well worth the money.
Absolutely love this smoker. Assembly was easy, took about 45 minutes. Listened to the suggestions others had on their reviews like using a larger cast iron pan and using wood chunks instead of chips. Glass on the door a plus to monitor the meat. Temperature gauge fairly accurate. Smoker is so simple to use, monitor, and food turns out great!
I bought this for a Christmas present and it is the best present and smoke we have ever had. With a large family, this smokes perfectly no matter what is inside, ribs, salmon, cheese, beans, roasts, even hot dogs and sausages. I with there was a way to add chips without burning fingers but otherwise, best smoker, yet!