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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.
The smoker is well built. Mine had accurate temp sensors. Good insulation, no smoke leaks. Love the remote control, a necessity when using in bright daylight as onboard readouts are near impossible to see. Advice: Get the AMNPS! It works great for long smokes overnight. Built in chip device lasts only abouit an hour and would need a refill or two. My 18hr overnight brisket was fantastic. Be sure to line drip tray and water pan with foil for easy clean up. Leave vent open, not closed as some manuals say.
I came all of the way from Chicago to look at this smoker and I finally got a chance to see it in Gulfport, MS and believe me I was not disappointed and I just had to have this smoker - I have looked at several smokers in this price range and believe me you can't beat the Old Country line of smokers for the money and quality - I am looking forward to using it soon as the weather breaks in my area.
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!!
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 bought this smoker about a month ago, I have already used it several times. The double doors make it nice adding and removing the food, glass doors are handy, don't have to open it up to inspect what's cooking, (no lose of heat or smoke). There are only a couple of things that I don't care for and that is the doors don't make a complete seal and the vent on top doesn't close as much as I would like. Good overall smoker
Left door had a seal leak which caused condensate to get inside the double pane glass. I called customer support which as of right now cannot pull up the smoker with the item # so they can replace the door. Other than that it cooks very well, lots of room, holds temperature perfect. Also I like the fact that it includes all the different cooking racks and a COVER. Cleaning was a little time consuming but expected. I will give another review after I cook a couple of more times and update on ... customer support for the door.
I have had several smokers and I currently have a larger propane one I mostly use. I bought this one because it was small and I could take it with me. For the size and price I am very happy with it. Other reviews complained about the magnetic door latch always opening. Mine has a metal latch and it works great. Others said smoke leaked around the door. Mine does leak some, but I don't care. The temperature stayed a constant 225. I verified the thermometer in the door with another one and ... it was right on. Makes a great warming oven too.
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!
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 bought this smoker a few months ago and after a few modifications I LOVE IT! I added fire brick to the firebox and main cooking chamber. I put in tuning plates in the main chamber to equalize the temperature in the main chamber and vertical cooking chamber. I used flexible aluminum ducting to lower the smoke stacks to the level of the 2nd highest rack in the vertical chamber and used flexible ducting from the baffle to the vertical chamber as well. After these few simple mods I have a smoker ... that keeps the temps with in 25 degrees between the horizontal and vertical chambers and held 225 degrees easily all day while smoking a pork shoulder and beef roast. To lower the volume of the firebox I also had a 1/4 inch plate cut to fit in the upper rack of the firebox. This lowered the ceiling of the firebox and directed more heat to the cooking chamber. Again, a simple modification. I love this smoker and how much I can put in it and have it hold a constant steady temperature.
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.
Just bought this after my masterbuilt kept throwing breakers. Wow. cooks great at 200-250 degree range. 300 plus takes a lot of wood and charcoal. I put a a mesquite smoke on the chicken for 4 hours at 250 and had rave reviews. Chicken was tender, juicy and full of flavor.
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.
I would give it 5 stars but I had to weld up the water pan. It arrived with a small leak and I would have either had to take it back or paid someone to repair it If I wasn't able. It holds temps well as it comes but adding gaskets made using this smoker too easy. I was worried that I would be using more fuel cooking small amounts of food compared to my offset smoker, but I believe I'm using about the same.
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 it a couple days before the Super Bowl. I am brand new to smoking. I did a brisket, a pork butt, and a whole lot of chicken drums. The food that was produced was comparable to the top notch BBQ places around Austin!! Truly impressed as were all my guests. The only draw back was the chip pan. IT is a horrible design. I put my wood chunks, not chips, in a cast iron skillet and sat that on top of the chip pan that came with unit, worked perfectly!!
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 got this smoker for Christmas. Looked online at several makes and models of smokers and decided this was the most economical. I have been smoking meat on a Master Forge charcoal grill and, despite reviews complaining of smoke leaking around the lid and poor craftsmanship, I enjoyed smoking indirectly on mine (still have it and use for grilling). The only problem was there wasn't enough room when cooking for a larger crowd, so I was looking for something bigger. My youngest son and I put it ... together in a little less than an hour. This included laying out all the parts, reading over all the instructions first (not very manly, I know), and then stopping for some general father/son talk. One thing I noticed on some older reviews was how people turned the unit upside down as a part of the assembly and the doors fell off. I guess they've added Step 1A because it reads, "Remove the doors..." I used a Craftsman cordless drill with the clutch set on 10 and made fairly quick work out of assembly. After assembly, I seasoned the smoker per the intructions. Because of other reviews I had read, I went ahead and bought an oven thermometer. This particular model had a small wood chip tray. Others beng reviewed showed a round chip PAN. This is where some had placed a round skillet to hold wood chunks (one guy suggested lava rock and placing wood chunks on top). All of this was done to combat flare ups. However, with this model, the chip tray didn't flare up. Smoke lasted about 30-40 minutes and I could easily add chips (Get a pair of heat resistant gloves-- much better for doing this). Unless you remove the water pan, I'm not sure there is enough room to put a skillet in order to use wood chunks. There was some smoke leaking around the door, but it really didn't amount to much. The flow of smoke from the bottom through the top vent was extremely sufficient. I've never cooked with gas before -- grill or smoker, so I wasn't real sure what to expect. The outside temp and wind play a much bigger role in this unit than what I was accustomed to on the charcoal grill/smoker. I was able to put up a small piece of plywood to keep wind from blowing directly into bottom vent. Top temperature I got to was 275 with outside temp at 45+/-. This was fine since I only wanted 225 for smoking Boston butts. I cooked ribs a few days prior with a warmer outside temp (65 +/-) and initially ran the cooker up to 350. When assembled, I could get it up to 400 degrees with outside temp of 75. All that said, the temperature was easy to control and it held steady at 225 and 250 depending on what I needed at the time. You can't put meat in this unit, turn on the burners, and walk away. You'll need to check on it for adding wood chips, checking cooking temps, ...etc. There have been reviews upset about having to tend to this. This is not a commercial smoker. It's a metal box with a door, a window, and a propane burner at the bottom. It is not a commercial cooker. If you don't want to spend some time during the cook, you should probably just go buy your bbq and ribs from your local BBQ restaurant. The is a great smoker for the money!
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 got this for fathers day and have used it every weekend since. It's the third smoker I have had and pleased beyond expectation. For the money and for somene who usually only cook for 2-15 this is plenty enough of an offer smoker for someone new to the art or a seasoned veteran.
Im so glad i got this model. Perfect size!! Easy to transport.
I wanted to give this grill a 5 rating because of its versatility except for one thing. I have used both the gas and charcoal grill/smoker for about 4 years now and the inside of the gas grill has rusted out. The burner covers have crumbled and while easy to replace, the metal ledges holding the covers in place have disintegrated. Also, the gas line and burners are either clogged or worn out such that very little gas comes through. Again, something that could be replaced but spending more money ... on this grill is not worth it.
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.