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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!!
I got this smoker about 3 months ago for Father's Day and have been very pleased. Regulating the heat and smoke is a challenge but can be done. I read numerous reviews on this smoker about problems with rust and welds breaking. I haven't had any of these issues with mine. Metal rust and if you don't take care of it I don't care what you pay for it, it's going to rust. I bought the cover for this Pecos Smoker and it really helps keep the inside dry when it rains since mine is exposed to the ... weather. Cleaning out the ashes and brushing down the grates after each use also prevents rust. Don't see any reason why this thing wont last a very long time. For the price you can't beat it. I enjoying smoking and learning how to control the heat and smoke is just part of it. If you want a smoker that's easier to use then try one of those electric smokers or something else.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 to do some holiday cooking. the meat turned out great. the smoker is very easy to manage & maintain throughout the cooking process. It arrived a few days earlier than expected which was great! I would recommend this product to anyone!
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.
Before I used the master built electric 40", got tired of replacing them. Went with the XL GAS MB smoker required more effort to watch the temp. Cooked 3 Boston butts and they turned out moist and so tender in 7 hrs really impressed. I'm happier with the gas rather than the elect. And less to go wrong with the unit.
Im so glad i got this model. Perfect size!! Easy to transport.
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
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 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 bought this for my sons birthday,very happy with the item,quality made item,I would recommend this to anyone