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Top 4 Best Propane Smokers of 2018

Best propane smoker reviews 2018

Best-in-class
Broil King 923614

Broil King 923614 Vertical Propane Smoker

Outstanding cooking capacity

Top-notch propane smoker capable of meeting domestic and commercial demands.

Broil King 923614 Review

Whether you’re looking for the best propane smoker for your restaurant or backyard, the Broil King 923614 could be the one you were looking for. Outstanding features include four adjustable cooking grids made of steel as well as sausage hooks and multi-purpose roast and rib racks developed to cook your meat to perfection.

An integrated Ace-Temp thermometer allows for a precise control of the unit’s cooking capacities while the double wall construction increases efficiency. Easy to start thanks to the electronic ignition system, this smoker is a breeze to use while a stainless steel grease pan helps prevent grease from dripping when checking or removing the food.

The Broil King 923614 has a total cooking capacity of four cubic feet, it’s simple to operate and simpler to maintain; no doubt, this propane smoker delivers all you could wish from a best-in-class machine.

Best value
Smoke Hollow PS4415

Smoke Hollow PS4415 Pro Series Propane Smoker

Independently-controlled burners

High cooking capacity, a commercial-grade heat indicator, and an attractive price point bring excellent value for money.

Smoke Hollow PS4415 Review

Large families or small businesses can make the most out of the Smoke Hollow PS4415, a propane smoker built for cooking large quantities of food in a breeze. Two independently-controlled stainless steel burners output 11,000 BTU each and allow for an effortless temperature management, ensuring restaurant-grade performance. Designed to cook meat to perfection, the smoker comes with five cooking grids and a capacity of six cubic feet.

Besides plenty of room for various foods, the unit also boasts two external-loading wood chip trays designed to provide just the right amount of smoke to meat and veggies while preventing heat loss. With its hard-to-match capabilities, larger-than-average cooking space and attractive price point, the Smoke Hollow PS4415 is undoubtedly the best propane smoker to buy.

Also great
Masterbuilt 20050614

Masterbuilt 20050614 44-Inch Propane Smoker

Two highly performing 8,250 BTU burners

Generous cooking capacity and wireless temperature control bring cooking versatility to your table.

Masterbuilt 20050614 Review

The Masterbuilt 20050614 presents itself as the perfect propane smoker for home use, although its cooking capability withstands commercial applications too. This is a true workhorse designed for meat smoking performance and comes with a dual burner that outputs a total heat of up to 16,500 BTU. The burners provide a consistent cooking temperature that combined with the generous interior define efficiency.

A monster when it comes to cooking, this unit also comes with a wireless grilling thermometer by Cuisinart that allows an effortless monitoring of the cooking temperatures. Easy to adjust to your needs and able to meet all home-use demands, this unit makes a perfect second-best value pick.

Best budget
Smoke Hollow 38205GW

Smoke Hollow 38205GW 38-Inch Propane Gas Smoker

Compact and inexpensive

An affordable propane smoker for large families can cook for large groups of eight people or more.

Smoke Hollow 38205GW Review

An inexpensive propane smoker that appeals to the homeowners shopping on a budget, the Smoke Hollow 38205GW boasts a generous cooking capacity of 3.4 cubic feet and can handle sufficient food to feed larger groups of eight or more people at a time.

Its four cooking grids are easy to adjust to different heights while a convenient sausage hanger boosts versatility. The two-door system is developed to prevent the loss of heat when adding water or wood while the upper door features a tempered glass window that allows for an easy check-up of the progress.

Large enough to handle heavy loads of meat and easy to start thanks to the push-button ignition, the Smoke Hollow 38205GW is no doubt the best budget propane smoker for light-duty use.

2. Types of smokers

Smokers come with endless versatility in terms of slow cooking and can successfully replace your grill if what you’re after is a tender and flavorful food that tastes like authentic barbecued meat.

There is a bountiful range to choose from on the market, including the popular propane smokers.

Here are the most common options:

  • Charcoal smokers: Are perhaps the most traditional and provide an authentic flavor to your dishes. Many of these smokers are inexpensive and easy to use, but it’s often near impossible to have a precise temperature control.
  • Wood smokers: Have a construction very similar to the charcoal models, but use wood chips instead of charcoal. Both their advantages and flaws are similar to those of a charcoal unit.
  • Propane smokers: Are the most rudimentary after the types described above but they are very effective and easy to use. Propane smokers are powered by liquid propane which burns wood chips placed into a pan above the burner. This process gives a unique flavor to the food, and most models come with easy-start features, easy to control temperature and attractive price points.
  • Electric smokers: The easiest to operate and control, the electric smokers are highly efficient but come with a major drawback – they provide no authentic flavor to your food.
  • Pellet smokers: Are electrically powered appliances that burn wood pellets to cook and smoke your food. Bringing the best of both worlds, these smokers have the efficiency of the electric units and provide the authentic flavor to wood or charcoal smokers. However, they are quite expensive.

3. Why invest in a propane smoker?

By combining the benefits of the charcoal or wood smokers with those of their electric counterparts, propane smokers are the most convenient.

They are compared with the electric smokers in terms of operational ease and with the charcoal or wood smokers in terms of food flavor.

Propane smokers are also much cheaper than the pellet smokers, a feature that makes them popular among many people.

4. Propane smoker capacity

An important thing to consider when choosing a propane smoker is the capacity of the appliance, which determines how much food you can cook at a time.

Cooking surface

Manufacturers produce these appliances in various sizes and their capacities typically vary from around 250 square inches of cooking surface in the smaller smokers to 2,000 square inches or over in the large commercial smokers.

5. Heat control

Smoking food to perfection requires an even temperature and constant heat, but not all foods have the same heat requirements. This is why heat control is important. There are two essential things that allow you to control the heat, an adjustable temperature feature and a thermometer.

  • Adjustable temperature: Adds versatility, allowing you to cook more dishes. A temperature range from 100°F to 500°F is desirable if you don’t want to have limits regarding the recipes you can try.
  • Thermometer: The best propane smokers come with integrated thermometers and exterior gauges that allow for a no-frills check of the temperature level inside the unit. Some even have wireless gauges that allow you to check the temperature from the comfort of your couch. If the smoker you like lacks this feature, consider investing in a thermometer to use for this purpose.

6. Workmanship and durability

Another important consideration must go to the workmanship. If you want to invest in a propane smoker that will last for years, it is advisable to check the sturdiness of the appliance and its overall build.

Ideally, the moving parts including food racks and hooks must be made of stainless steel which is rust-resistant and easy to clean. The frame of the smoker must have solid welds and no sharp edges, robust legs and wheels, and must be coated with a water- and rustproof paint.

You should aim for a smoker made of thick steel, as this material absorbs and distributes the heat evenly. The best propane smokers also have dual doors and dampers to prevent heat loss and increase the smoking efficiency.

7. What other features to look for?

  • Portability: Surprisingly, not all propane smokers are portable. Large, industrial-grade units often have a freestanding design whereas the smaller home-use appliances come with portability features like handles and wheels. If you want to move the smoker from one place to another, check the unit’s weight too besides the mobility kit.
  • Style: The vast majority of the propane smokers are vertical but some manufacturers also propose horizontal units, which are usually larger. Since there are minimal differences between their cooking capabilities, choosing one over the other is a matter of preference.
  • Countertop: Some of the best propane smokers come with integrated workbenches that boost versatility. A countertop is particularly useful if you want to use the smoker outdoors.
  • Footprint: Before buying a propane smoker, don’t forget to check the footprint of the model you like and make sure it fits in your space.
  • Maintenance: Since most foods can make quite a mess, you should also consider how easy it is to clean and maintain your appliance. High-end propane smokers come with drip pans that retain grease and minimize cleaning and maintenance.
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