Review: Masterbuilt 20071117 30″ Digital Electric Smoker: Smoking Made Simple For Everyone

The Masterbuilt 30″ Electronic Smoker comes packed with a range of innovative features that make it efficient, easy and convenient to do some serious smoking. Whether you are preparing everyday meals for a large family or hosting a summer weekend cookout in your backyard, this smoker makes it easy for you to cook delicious food without slaving over the coals. You can simply set it and forget it while you have a good time with family and friends.

Features at a Glance

  • Dimensions 18.5” x 18.3” x 33.5”
  • Weight 49.9 lbs.
  • Digital panel controls
  • 24-hour timer with automatic shutoff
  • 2 cu.ft. of smoking capacity
  • 4 chrome-coated smoking racks
  • Thermostat-controlled cooking temperature for even, consistent smoking

 

Innovative Features for Easy, Efficient Smoking & Quick Clean Up

Energy-Efficient Features

The smoker has multiple features that make it truly energy efficient so you can use it as much as you want without worrying about skyrocketing electricity bills. The body is fully insulated with the doors have a rubber seal that prevent the heat from escaping. That’s not all.

The patented chip loader built into the side of the smoker allows you to easily add wood chips without opening the door. You simply put the chips into the side loader and slide it into the slot. This keeps the heat and smoke in at all times.

The large viewing window with an internal light makes it easy to see the food being smoked inside without having to open the door, which is another energy-saving feature.

Convenient Features

The removable water pan is great for adding juices, vinegar and other spice-mix solutions that infuse taste and moisture into the food that you are smoking. The water pan is easy to remove and clean up when you are done.

The removable drip pan, along with the rear-mounted grease pan and chrome-coated racks all ensure hassle-free cleanup.

The Masterbuilt Smoker comes with a fully functional remote with adjustable temperature controller. A push of a button is all it takes for you to control the smoking process. You can even set the temperatures from several feet away.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Plenty of space for cooking large quantities
  • Superior temperature accuracy that can be remotely controlled
  • 24-hour time with auto-shutoff
  • Multiple energy-efficient features so you do not have to worry about electricity consumption
  • Large viewing window
  • Convenient side chip-loading system
  • Easy to clean after use
  • Reasonably priced

 

Cons

 

There do not seem to be any major complaints about this smoker. The only grouse users have is that it takes time for the food to be cooked, but that’s only to be expected with a smoker.

 

What Others Are Saying About this Smoker

On the whole, users seem thrilled with their purchase. Most users were particularly impressed with the energy efficient features, ease of use and clean up, and precision temperature settings with digital control. Many commented on they loved the fact that the meal was tender, moist and evenly smoked.

Is the Masterbuilt Electronic Smoker for You?

 

The Masterbuilt 30″ Electronic Smoker is a great buy if you like cooking large meals outdoors. With this sturdy, portable, easy-to-use and highly efficient smoker, you can treat family and friends to delicious smoked meals regularly in good weather.

Review: Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker, 40-Inch

For the price of around $200 you can purchase the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker, 40-Inch. It is a very large smoker that will allow you to cook meat for a really big family and some friends. Like anything though, it has both its pros and its cons. But before we get to that, firing up this smoker before actually cooking meat is a must because there is a lot of chemical residue in it when it is brand new.

So let’s get going. We’ll start off with the pros. Thanks to it being a smoker that runs on propane you will get some great temperature control. You’ll be able to just set it at the desired temperature and it will stay there for as long as you need it too. It is also a very big smoker, so capacity is another thing that it has going for it. You could easily smoke up to four whole turkeys at a time with the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker. And the grates are adjustable so you can make as an effective use of the room inside the smoker as possible.

Now, a problem that most smokers of this type have is losing temperature when the door is opened to check on the meat. With the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker the problem is at least ameliorated because once the door is closed, it gets back to the desired temperature very fast. And one more thing the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker gets right is the temperature gauge. It is very accurate, which is a big plus.

But the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker struggles in the drip/water pan department. The pan is very small, and some users get around this with a little bit of ingenuity. So it’s not exactly the end of the world, but still, you would expect it to be up to par. Then you have the smoke pan, which has the same problem as well.

Two other concerns include the large propane consumption and the leaking door, which might be tied together actually. The door leaks smoke and heat, a problem which plagues many smokers of this type and the loss of heat automatically leads to an increase in propane consumption. This is another problem that a crafty user can get around by insulating the door themselves, which will lead to a pretty significant decrease in propane consumption.

Now for the conclusion. The Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker is a great tool for the BBQ chef. It comes at a good price, and most of its problems can be solved with ingenuity, and little to no elbow grease. If you are in the market for a good propane smoker, the Masterbuilt GS40 might be the right tool for you. It is big, it’s reliable, it has very good temperature control, it has a good price, and with a few adjustments it is almost perfect.

Review: Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller

 

Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller
Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller

For some next level grilling, you might want to look at the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller. Why? Because you get a real mean piece of grilling equipment. The smokehouse comes with a transportable design, so wherever you want to work, the grill will accommodate you. The smoker also comes with a big window on the door, so you can view the meat as it cooks, without having to open the door. The inside light also helps with this as well. On top of this you also get remote management, four racks to put the meat on and a chip loader on the side.

One of the really cool features of the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller is the remote control. If you are a laid back BBQ chef, who you just wants to hang out and have a drink while grilling, you can use the remote to control the temperature inside the smoker. Speaking of temperature, the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse has a temperature range of 100-275 degrees F, which you can adjust with the utmost precision.

Another interesting feature of this smoker is the windowed door, but because just looking at the meat is not enough of an indicator to tell if it is done, the Masterbuilt Smokehouse comes with a built in probe, so you can check the temperature inside the meat. And with its rubber insulation, the door will keep in the heat as much as possible.

So what are some of its downsides? Well the Smokehouse could be bigger, and some users complained about its sturdiness. In my eyes these are minor flaws, and they are vastly outweighed by the benefits. When considering whether to buy this grill, you should keep in mind that these two problems are not that big. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve read some reviews of other grills, or some of the experiences people have had with them.

You can get the Electric Smokehouse for somewhere around $300. That is a little bit steep, but still not a bad price for what it brings to the table. It is a good, overall solid piece of equipment with great accessories. The remote control especially helps, allowing you to make sure you always have an eye on how things are going, and the ability to make sure that you can make them go right if they go wrong.

Overall, the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller is worth a purchase if you are looking for something a little more fancy than your usual grill. It is a great grill that won’t give you any hassle (well, no more than the reasonable amount), while having a lot of extra features put in place to make your life easier. On the other hand, if you can live without all the nice little add-ons, you can find a smoker that is just as good from a technical standpoint for $200.

Review: Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker

Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker

The Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker is a cheap vertical smoker with a lot of qualities to it. It is one of the best propane smokers of this type you can get for under $200, and this review will let you know why. The problem with smokers that come at this price is that the manufacturers have to cut corners, corners which you will have to fix with some DIY. In this case however, the quality/price ratio is extremely good.

With the Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker you get four 14×14 inch racks. That’s a lot of space and these racks can be pulled out, which means you’ll have plenty of access to your meats. You also get a separate door for both the water and the chip pan, which means that you won’t lose any heat while feeding either of the two. Another great thing is that this smoker is not a propane smoker exclusively, you can use charcoal to cook in it too. So if you prefer charcoal over propane, but you still find this smoker attractive, you can go for it. As for mobility, this smoker comes with wheels on its two back wheels. It also has insulated handles, but it would probably be a bad idea to move it around while you’re cooking with it.

A feature you should look for when buying smokers in this price range is insulated doors. Sure you can insulate the doors yourself too, but why bother when you can get a smoker that comes with them already. The insulation provides a pretty good defense against leaking, with the temperature staying within 10 degrees F of the temperature you set it to. And you can go to temperatures of up to 450 degrees F if you ever want to.

The grill also comes with a thermometer which is actually pretty good, as in you won’t have to replace it, unless you are looking for a very precise temperature. The fault range of the thermometer is about 10 degrees, which in most cases is not that bad.

Finally, assembling this grill and setting it up is a very simple process with clear English instructions. Assembly takes less than an hour at a relaxed pace, and there are Spanish instructions in the manual as well.

All in all, the Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker is a very good smoker for its price. Like I’ve said, smokers below $200 tend to have a lot of faulty parts that will require extra money, time and energy on your part to fix. In this case you get what you pay for. There’re still things which you could improve, sure, like the water pan by replacing it with a bigger $1 aluminum pan, but these small adjustments are more options than necessities. It uses fuel pretty efficiently, and you can expect this smoker to last you for a good number of years.

Review: Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker

Sometimes getting into smoking is somewhat intimidating. Well, the Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker is a pretty good first step. It can be found at prices of around $200 while it’s on sale, and it comes with a lot of well built features. This does not mean that experts need to look elsewhere. It is a very solid product that will help you smoke meat easily, with little technical difficulties and at a very affordable price.

So what does the Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker have going for it. Well first of all, we all know how important insulation is when looking for smokers at this price range. This smoker shines in this department. The outside temperature does not even make the temperature inside the grill flinch. So you get nice cooks without having to worry too much about leaking and constantly changing the temperature.

Then you have the economic factor. Since it runs on electricity, you save a lot of money that would otherwise go on propane, charcoal or wood. Even the wood you’ll use for smoking is not needed in huge quantities. This means that with this grill you can smoke often, or in small batches. As for capacity, the Masterbuilt 20070910 can hold over 30 pounds of meat at a time on its four racks. Now for a $200 a pop, this grill packs a lot of punch.

It also comes with a digital thermometer on the inside. You probably know how important temperature control is when smoking, and with this little addition, all you have to do is set the temperature you want the smoker to keep, and from then on out you simply feed the machine wood and check the temperature of the meats (this time you’ll have to bring the thermometer).

As for the cons, there are some things you have to be aware of when buying the Masterbuilt 20070910. The first thing you should keep in mind is that it only goes up to 275 degrees F, which is a decent temperature for cooking most meats, but poultry might give you some problems. The other thing is that it needs to be plugged directly into an outlet, so you will need to figure out where you will put it, or place an outlet on the outside of your house. You can use an extension cord, but then you might suffer from power fluctuations and subsequently temperature fluctuations inside of your grill.

So how does all of this add up? Well, it adds up to a pretty fine piece of equipment. The main flaw you’ll find with it is that it needs to be plugged directly into an outlet. If you can find a way around that you have a very strong piece of equipment on your hands at a very affordable price, with a lot of great features and great customer support waiting to help you with any and all problems you might encounter.